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DOE: New report paves way for energy future

National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratory

Solar PV power has increased tenfold over the past four years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

Spanish wind firm Gamesa eyes 100 MW of Indian solar opportunities

Wind turbine in the sun.

The wind giant reveals bold investment plans in India's solar market, building on orders already placed to target the development of 100 MW of PV capacity; muses entrance into inverter sector.

India's rooftop PV capacity to hits 525 MW, says Bridge to India

India's rooftop PV sector has grown by 66% over the past 12 months.

Consultancy firm says landmark was reached in October, adding as much solar capacity in the past 12 months as the three years that preceded it; next 12 months will see slight slowdown, with 455 MW installed.

UK to phase out all coal plants by 2025

Coal plant.

Energy Minister Amber Rudd delivers speech calling for an end to 'outdated' energy source, with natural gas and nuclear power to be ramped up to plug the power gap.

Correction: Trina Solar signs MoU for $518m fab in India's Andhra Pradesh


Local reports suggest the Chinese solar firm has penned a memorandum of understanding with the Andhra Pradesh government to develop its 2 GW, Rs 2,800 crore solar manufacturing facility in Atchutapuram.

JA Solar ships record 1.1 GW in third quarter

JA Solar module inspection.

Record revenue and shipments underline strong third quarter for the Chinese solar firm that surpassed high end guidance forecast from Q2; China represented more than half of its total shipments.

WGL to invest $200m in US distributed solar next year

Rooftop solar PV.

U.S. energy provider announces pipeline of 150 MW of distributed solar capacity either installed or under construction across the country; eyes wider, $200 million expansion in 2016.

India: Solar to beat coal on cost by 10% in five years, says KPMG

The conditions are already in place for solar to undercut coal on cost, and the price disparity could grow once adoption of clean energy is embraced more fully.

Report by KPMG India finds that the levelized cost of solar power in India will be around 10% cheaper than coal by 2020, with PV penetration rates set to reach around 5.7%.

Vivint Solar achieves modest Q3 profit

Vivint Solar HQ.

The U.S. residential solar installer's profit of $468,000 represents a solid turnaround on Q3 2014, with installations and bookings up 25% and 15% respectively.

Kaco doubles global turnover

inverter production, Kaco.

The German inverter manufacturer expects to generate EUR 200 million in revenue in 2015, almost double the figure achieved in 2014; company expects turnover to reach EUR 250 million next year.

India's Modi puts solar firmly on G20 agenda

Modi and Obama.

The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to see more than $100bn invested in his Global Solar Alliance during the G20 meeting held in Turkey over the weekend.

Kong Sun sets 2 GW solar development target in China next year

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong-listed solar developer is aiming to end 2016 with a new installed PV base of 2.4 GW in China, building upon 2015's estimates that has seen 1 GW of new capacity added.

Solargiga, Motech to put 600 MW of new module capacity online in 2016

Citing growing demand, Solargiga plans to double module production through a joint venture with Motech in China.

Apple to become 100% solar-powered in Singapore

Singapore Civic District.

Local solar power firm Sunseap to supply all of the tech firm's energy needs in the country from next year via its 800 solar rooftop systems installed across Singapore.

LDK president & CEO resigns

LDK has been in financial trouble for years, but has provided little information as to why President & CEO Xingxue Tong is departing.

Brazil government approves 1.5 GW of new solar and wind power

Solar development in Brazil.

Contracts granted by the government for the development of 930 MW of solar PV capacity and almost 550 MW of wind farms as part of a $1.7 billion push to upgrade the nation’s energy system.

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