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China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.


Crew aboard the International Space Station is testing new 3D solar cells

Astronaut Scott Parazynski of STS-120 conducting a spacewalk to repair a damaged solar panel at the ISS. Image courtesy of NASA.

The wordy NanoRacks-Earth Abundant Textured Thin Film Photovoltaics investigation is looking into a new design of 3D PV cell, which should, in theory, absorb sunlight more efficiently, while also investigating the effects that...


Hawaii nixes NextEra takeover of Hawaiian Electric Companies

Failure to make adequate commitments to clean energy and distributed generation in particular are among the reasons Hawaiian regulators shot down the deal.


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Hemlock Semiconductor HQ.

The SolarWorld-Hemlock case dominated the news this week, but Intersolar North America, EU investigation into alleged Chinese malpractice and India’s soaring PV ambitions also turned heads.


India will meet climate goals ahead of schedule, says outgoing energy minister

Solar installation, India.

Prakash Javadekar, who is to soon vacate his post as India's climate minister, has told a Delhi conference that India could meet its renewables and carbon reduction goals earlier than planned.


Argentina tenders 6,500 off-grid photovoltaic systems

Argentina national flag. Flickr image by Finizio.

The Argentine government wants to promote renewable energy in rural areas of the country, and to do so it has launched a tender for about 6,500 off-grid solar systems. German companies are allowed to participate.


Solar plus storage system installed at wildlife conservancy in Kenya

A view from Loisaba Tented Camp. Image by Aquion Energy.

The off-grid microgrid has been installed at the Loisaba Conservancy by Aquion Energy and SolarAfrica and will be able to offset the conservancy’s diesel use by 95%, at a time when off-grid solar is making a charge in Africa.


Sungrow announces $170m storage partnership with Samsung

Samsung storage series.

The Chinese inverter specialist officially launches the Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co., Ltd joint venture in China.


SolarWorld ready to appeal Hemlock case

SolarWorld logo

The German PV group says it is optimistic that Hemlock will not succeed in actually enforcing any claims against it in Germany, arguing that the disputed silicon supply contract at the center of the legal dispute violates EU...


Hemlock leveraging SolarWorld contracts to get Chinese trade duties removed

Hemlock Semiconductor headquarters. Flickr image by Saginaw Future.

The court document from the dramatic initial ruling in the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon dispute reveals that Hemlock was willing to negotiate amendments to the polysilicon Supply Agreements with SolarWorld...


U.S. Federal Court rules against SolarWorld in polysilicon dispute

Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck

The U.S. court adjudicating on the legal dispute between SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Solar and Hemlock Semiconductor has granted a motion for a summary judgment, dismissing SolarWorld's submission for the case to be heard by a...


Storage ITC bill introduced in US congress

U.S. home battery.

Introduced in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, the new Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act could do for residential and commercial storage what the previous tax credit did for solar.


US: Commercial storage to be economically attractive in 19 states by 2021, finds GTM report

Belectric storage unit.

Financially viable in just a handful of states today, commercial storage will make economic sense across 19 states by 2021 as battery costs fall, finds a GTM Research report.


SolarCity collaborates with PG&E on distributed energy project

SolarCity installation, U.S.

The U.S. residential PV installer will work with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Jose, California, to test the efficacy of coordinated solar smart inverters and storage for enhanced grid stability.


Sonnen readies commercial 30kWh storage solution

Sonnen storage system.

The company is offering a broad size range of the modular sonnenBatterie pro, from 18kW/ 24kWh up to 90kW 240 kWh, with a general price range between $35,000 and $125,000.


Intersolar North America: SmartFlower unfurls Its dual-axis tracker

The Smartflower dual-axis tracker is 2.5 kWh but delivers the equivalent of a 4 kWh rooftop system.

Austrian firm launches its 4kWh-equivalent standalone solar system at the exhibition.


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