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Solar modules packed and ready to be shipped.

German behemoths SolarWorld and SMA both lowered their financial forecasts this week; Tesla reveals details of its Panasonic partnership, and the IEA ups its renewables forecast, albeit only slightly.

36 new schools in Canada's Alberta province to be gifted rooftop solar

New schools currently being planned in Alberta will be fitted with rooftop solar arrays at the government's expense.

The government-led initiative will see more than CAD$9 million invested in the initial phase, with a consultation to discuss expanding the program over time expected to follow.

Solar provides 2% of electricity in the Western United States

Image: TerraForm Power

The latest figures by the U.S. Department of Energy show the wide disparity in renewable energy deployment between the eastern and western grids.

Australia: Network lobby proposes special tariff to keep households on grid

Australia's national flag. Flickr image by thewamphyri.

Australia's main network lobby is proposing a new tariff for stand-alone power systems that it says will encourage more than one million households with large amounts of solar and battery storage to stay connected to the main...

Sunrun to deploy LG Chem batteries in the US market

The partnership will see Sunrun install LG Chem's RESU battery.

Sunrun will offer LG Chem RESU batteries for the U.S. residential market through its BrightBox offering and subsidiary AEE Solar

Chinese ministry poised to alter land administration rights for agri-PV

Inner Mongolia.

Ministry of Land & Resources emphasizes land to be administrated as construction land for Agri-PV projects.

UK slips to lowest position ever in EY's renewables attractiveness index

Solar installation, England.

14th place for U.K. comes on back of Brexit uncertainty and go-ahead of Hinkley Point nuclear plant. However, Europe generally on the rise according to Ernst & Young analysts.

Gamesa to develop 130 MW of solar in India

Park in Andhra Pradesh.

The Spanish clean energy company has been chosen by Indian developer Atria Power to build two large-scale solar PV plants in the country. Contract is firm's largest order in India to date.

D.E. Shaw proposes to take over as TerraForm sponsor

The renewable energy investor says that the taking TerraForm off SunEdison’s hands could allow the company to recover.

Which Chinese solar manufacturers will survive module price crunch?

Image: Deutsche Bank

The stunning fall in solar module prices being witnessed in most global markets might be good news for project developers and end-market consumers, but it is going to pose major challenges to many of the big module...

More coal means more global poverty, say researchers

Coal and solar in Germany.

Even if only one-third of all planned new coal-fired power plants are built globally, hundreds of millions of people could be pushed into poverty as climate change accelerates, experts warn.

IEA ups renewable forecast 13%, hails "impressive progress" of PV manufacturers

Kingston Energy park. Image: Western Wind Energy Corp.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its mid-term renewable forecast by 13%. Largely on the back of key policy developments in the U.S., India, China and Mexico, the agency has pointed to wind and solar PV’s...

Duke issues RFP for 750 GWh of renewables in the Carolinas

Image: Duke Energy

The utility's solicitation for 750 GWh of renewables could be met with 400 MW of new solar PV.

Venture capital funding in batteries and smart grids declines sharply in Q3: Mercom report

Battery system.

Latest Mercom Capital report finds that just $102 million in VC funding for smart grid, battery storage and efficiency sectors was raised in Q3, down from $433 million in Q2. Project funds for residential and commercial storage...

SMA lowers financial forecast for 2016

Image: SMA Solar Technology

German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, has been forced to reduce its financial outlook for 2016, making it the second German solar industry manufacturer to announce forecast reductions today, after SolarWorld made a...

India: TANGEDCO's 500 MW Tamil Nadu solar tender represents risk, says Mercom

Tamil Nadu.

Known for late payments and curtailment, the latest request for selection by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation represents something of a risk for developers, says Mercom Capital.

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