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German renewables pushing wholesale electricity further into negative territory

German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wednesday saw German solar panels generate a record 27.7 GW of electricity. With more sunny weather predicted, that benchmark is expected to be short-lived.


SPI buys 30 MW of PV project development rights in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

In its second major global project agreement this week, SPI has picked up a raft of solar PV projects across four Japanese prefectures.


Thin film to power drones

A drone.

Silent Falcon UAV will be powered by Ascent Solar cells. Drone has a range of 'commercial, public safety and defense applications.'


Labour pledges to remove carbon from UK electricity supply

Labour leader Ed Milliband.

To achieve decarbonization through PV alone would require an extra 100 million panels in the next 15 years. Labour would make decarbonization by 2030 a legal requirement, if elected on May 7.


Court halts restart of Japanese reactors

Fukushima reactor 1.

Plans to restart two reactors in western Japan have been stopped despite green light from nuclear regulator. News comes in the wake of India's pro-nuclear trade agreements.


Record quarter for residential and commercial solar

African off-grid solar.

Mercom solar financing report says expiry of US federal tax credit has driven segment to new high. UK and African off-grid projects also feature prominently in Q1 figures.


Shunfeng JV with state-owned aerospace company

The flag of China.

Cheng Kin Ming's ambitious eco-city plans will be aided by state-owned group of more than 200 member companies across a range of sectors.


Utility aims to bring P2G power to the US

A natural gas warning sign.

SoCalGas wants to use its existing natural gas infrastructure to store excess renewables power. Under P2G, renewable electricity is used to make synthetic equivalent of natural gas.


Solar-Fabrik identifies fire-risk modules

Solar-Fabrik's headquarters, in Freiburg.

German manufacturer has published the serial numbers of modules with junction boxes which may catch fire. Any related product recall will be a fresh blow for the troubled German module maker.


Scatec announces South Africa projects

Scatec Solar's Kalkbult project, in South Africa.

Norwegian developer has announced three contract wins under much-delayed round of national power auction. No details emerged as to how state utility Eskom has overcome publicized grid constraints.


Swiss battery maker joins Azores grid project

Batteries.

Leclanche's lith-ion batteries will form part of MW-scale renewables-plus-storage project. Swiss company's Danish shareholder will also finance the project to the tune of $3.7m.


Russian banks set to seize Crimean solar power plants

Activ Solar 105.56 MW plant in Crimea

Update: Saddled with massive debts estimated at $870 million following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a dramatic cut in feed-in tariffs, solar plants in the region have been unable to pay back outstanding loans and now face...


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Gazza celebrates Tottenham Hotspur's cup final victory.

Carbon emissions hope for the world, generation hope for Gaza, hope for Europe's ailing manufacturers and higher cell efficiencies are, erm, hoped for.


Indian state fires gun on 2 GW solar auction

Telangana railway station.

Developers gathered in Hyderabad this morning to learn about Telangana state auction. Projects will range from 2 MW to 450 MW in size and, if taken up, will put state at the forefront of Indian solar.


Is DEWA preparing an 800 MW Dubai tender?

The Dubai skyline.

Infrastructure group behind world record sub-6 cent LCOE is rumored to be seeking a financial advisor for an 800 MW project. An advisor is typically the first move in drawing up a tender.


Risen Energy raises $403 million for PV projects

Risen Energy 100 kW PV project, Hubei, China

The Chinese solar company plans to invest in 279 MW of PV projects in China and Mexico as well as 100 MW of domestic distributed generation installations.


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