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NREL: U.S. utility-scale solar falls below $1.50 per watt

The latest report by NREL shows an ongoing decline in costs across sectors, with soft costs remaining stubbornly high for residential installations.


Canadian Solar secures $100m credit from EDC

Solar array by Canadian Solar.

Chinese solar developer signs financing agreement with Export Development Canada for sum of $100 million to enable the firm to expand its global project development activities.


Israel lines up 500 MW solar PV tender

Israel has bold renewable energy ambitions, and is reported to be planning a 500 MW solar PV tender.

The country's Finance Ministry is said to be planning a tender for a 500 MW solar power facility in the southern Negev Desert.


UK will ratify Paris climate change deal this year, says PM

Theresa May.

Prime Minister Theresa May tells UN that the U.K. will play its part in the international effort against climate change by ratifying the terms of the Paris Agreement before the end of the year.


SolarWorld to lay off 500 temporary workers in Germany

SolarWorld Freiburg.

The German solar manufacturer will begin shedding workers employed on temporary contracts in the fourth quarter in response to fierce price pressure in the global solar markets. Permanent employees will not be initially affected.


India: Many avenues for solar manufacturing growth post-WTO decision, says Mercom Capital

India's ministers have to explore other ways to support the country's domestic manufacturing industry if Modi's goal of 100 GW of solar by 2022 is to be reached.

World Trade Organization's rejection of Indian appeal against U.S. complaint lays bare the 'contradictory' nature of India's Domestic Content Requirement, says Mercom Capital Group, and should compel government to pursue other...


Vote Solar, Earthjustice take Montana PURPA fight to federal regulators

The petition to FERC comes after Montana regulators suspended implementation of PURPA, impacting an estimated 135 MW of late-stage solar projects.


Abu Dhabi: Three world record bids entered for Sweihan solar project

Masdar PV plant in Abu Dhabi. Image by Masdar.

Further information has arisen from the record breaking solar PV tender that took place in Abu Dhabi yesterday, which saw a bid as low as USD 0.0242 per kWh for a utility-scale project in Sweihan, however, this was not the only...


Huge growth in PV and wind helped renewables grow to over 30% of installed global power

Image by World Energy Council.

The encouraging news that renewables now account for over 30% of global installed power generation capacity was part of a World Energy Council report, which highlighted the success of solar PV and wind energy, and set out...


South Korea to give incentives for energy storage as part of renewables spending spree

BESS battery energy storage system Toshiba. Image Toshiba.

The South Korean government announced an initiative that provides incentives for utility-scale solar operators to install energy storage units alongside the PV plants, while also outlining plans to invest USD 27 billion in...


Lawsuits attempt to stop Tesla acquisition of SolarCity

SolarCity ZEP installation. Image by SolarCity.

An investor has filed for an injunction to stop the merger, in one of the four lawsuits challenging the deal


India: Imported solar module prices plunge to 36 US cents per watt-peak

Solar installation in India.

Analysis by Bridge to India finds that the average cost of solar PV modules imported into India has fallen by almost 15% over the past three months, prompting severe concerns for local manufacturers.


Nevada regulators "grandfather" existing net metering customers under old rules

Primm, Nevada. Image by Stephen Hill.

The ruling reverses the most egregious aspect of the state's dismantling of net metering, but will do little to revive its distributed solar market.


Breaking: World record low price entered for solar plant in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi desert. Flickr image by Visit Abu Dhabi.

A consortium of JinkoSolar and Marubeni put in the bid of 2.42 cent per kWh for a PV plant that was initially set at 350 MW, but pv magazine understands it may be significantly larger.


India loses solar appeal at World Trade Organization

India solar array.

Appeal to overturn US complaint that India's domestic content requirement for its solar power sector is discriminatory rejected by the WTO, as expected. India has lodged similar trade case against U.S.


EU PVSEC to be hosted separately from Intersolar Europe in 2017

Intersolar Europe 2016.

After a short-lived collaboration, Europe's two major solar events will be hosted four months apart in 2017, with EU PVSEC opting to travel to Amsterdam for its world leading PV solar energy conference.


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