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Enphase begins AC battery shipments to Australia and New Zealand

AC battery from Enphase.

U.S. firm projects demand volume of 70,000 units of its AC battery in first year as demand for residential storage Down Under expected to continue steep growth trajectory.


PG&E to open bidding process for 75 MW of shared renewables

The California utility is seeking 75 MW of solar and other renewable energy projects from 500 kW to 20 MW in capacity under a new shared renewable energy program.


NEXTracker acquires predictive modeling software firm BrightBox

NEXTracker trackers.

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has purchased software firm BrightBox Technologies in a move it says will augment its predictive modeling capabilities and expedite the commissioning process.


India: Adani to commence 1.2 GW solar fab construction before year end

Rajasthan India.

The Indian conglomerate says it expects to commission phase one of its Gujarat solar equipment facility before year end, with Phase 2 penciled in for April 2017. Tenders issued for 200 MW solar+storage in Karnataka.


BBOXX raises $20m funding to boost African off-grid solar presence

Kigali, Rwanda.

The London-based solar systems provider has secured investment from a consortium of backers, including Engie SA, to help support its expansion plans in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.


Interview: How Solar Impulse's round the world flight took batteries on a journey of discovery

Solar, meet solar: The Si2 soars above the Gemasolar thermal solar plant in Abu Dhabi as it nears the final few miles of its historic journey.

July's successful circumnavigation of the globe by Solar Impulse was a triumph for human endurance and ingenuity, and proved solar power's efficacy as a reliable source of electricity. But the project would not have been possible...


RWE to acquire PV and storage specialist Belectric Solar & Battery

RWE AG HQ Essen, Germany. Baikonur wikimedia commons

The German utility's renewable energy arm, innogy SE, has signed the contract to acquire Belectric Solar & Battery, a solar developer who has built more than 1.5 GWp of PV projects worldwide, significantly enhancing the company's...


Australia readies for big solar boom as PV costs continue fall

Solar farm in Australia. Image courtesy of Renew Economy.

Australia is poised to experience its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar construction over the next year as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold.


GCL-Poly agrees to buy $150 million of SunEdison's manufacturing business

GCL-Poly polysilicon facilities in China. Image by GCL-Poly.

The Chinese company will buy three of SunEdison's manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon and cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.


Enerray to build 104 MWp PV plant in Brazil

State of Bahia, Brazil. Wimimedia image by TR2HG

It is the second contract that the Italian company has won from Enel Green Power for a large-scale solar plant in Brazil, after it began construction on the mega 254 MWp Ituverava PV plant late last year.


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Renewables rise to 16.8% of U.S. electricity production in H1 2016

However, EIA data shows solar PV only making up 1.3% of total generation, a fraction of the portion in leading European nations.


Storage shows its worth in UK's first Enhanced Frequency Response auction

Kokam large scale storage.

A total of 1.4 GW of projects were put forward under the 200 MW tender, with energy storage projects taking positive steps forward, says Renewable Energy Agency.


Germany's BayernLB funds purchase of eight UK solar farms

Eight solar farms have passed into the hands of German ownership.

The German lender provides GBP 30 million in financing for the solar plants of up to 5 MW each and located across five sites in England and Wales.


Sun Brilliance plans upsized 100 MW solar farm in Western Australia

The area of land near the town of Cunderdin, which is wheatbelt country some 158 KM inland from Perth, and the spot for the 100 MW solar farm.

Having originally announced details of a 25 MW project, the Perth-based solar power integrator has now secured a larger tract of land and promising funding to upsize the plant to 100 MW.


Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

Sharp Japan.

Japanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say.


'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

Mercedes-Benz has already begun exploring ways to repurpose its used EV batteries for stationary storage projects.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025, with around one-third of that total viable for second life use as low-cost, stationary storage.


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