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Australia: Ausgrid to slash fees, fast-track solar+storage applications

Sydney Harbour, Australia

The changes will make it easier and cheaper for customers to become more energy efficient, according to the state-owned grid operator. Ausgrid supplies electricity to nearly 1.7 million customers in New South Wales.


Mosaic teams with Wave Solar to provide lower customer acquisition costs

Mosaic offices.

The solar lending platform has partnered with Wave Solar's lead generation services in order to improve customer acquisition costs for solar installers.


Small and large scale solar to reach global grid parity by 2020, says Frost & Sullivan

Solar installation by Belectric.

Global Solar Power Market 2016 report suggests costs of solar to fall dramatically over next five years as Asian market share increases and North America reaches 20 million residential PV prosumers.


Mercom: Battery storage, smart grid VC investments double in Q2 2016

While there has been a downturn in solar funding, battery and smart grid investments had a very strong quarter.


BPVA signs agreement with Iran to coordinate the development of 1 GW of solar

BPVA Chairman Reza Shaybani and Iranian officials signing agreement. Image courtesy of BPVA.

An eye-catching agreement was signed by the British Photovoltaic Association (BVPA) and The Renewable Energy Organisation of Iran (SUNA) last week, for the two to work together over the development of up to 1 GW of solar PV in...


Meyer Burger receives another significant order for its MAiA technology

Meyer Burger CEO Peter Pauli

The Swiss company is continuing with its strong year, this time confirming an order from an unnamed Chinese manufacturer worth CHF 18 million for its MAiA 2.1 technology upgrade platform.


Total control: billion-dollar buyout of Saft completed

Total insignia.

The French giant has finalized the acquisition of the battery producer in a deal thought to be worth $1.1 billion, via the completion of a successful share tender.


Nigeria government signs MoU with IPP consortium for 300 MW of solar power

Nigerian landscape.

Nigus Greenergy and Volt Renewables have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 300 MW of solar PV plants in the African country to be developed and commissioned next year.


World's biggest solar + storage projects planned for Australia

Solar plus storage system. Image courtesy of reneweconomy.com

Australian infrastructure investor Lyon Group says it plans to build the world's biggest solar plus storage project in South Australia in the next two years, and sees a huge future for combined solar and battery storage plants.


India to double large-scale solar target to 40 GW by 2020, says minister

Solar in India.

Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy confirms new generation target of 40,000 MW of solar park capacity likely to be signed off by PM Modi as India seeks buffer to SunEdison-type dangers.


Chile: 50 MW-AC of new solar in June, more than 3 GW of renewables installed

The capacity of installed solar PV has reached 1.27 GW-AC. The capacity of installed non-conventional renewable energy is around 3.12 GW.


How will solar financing be affected by the attempted coup in Turkey?

Turkey national flag. Flickr image courtesy of KLMircea.

An attempted coup in Turkey on Friday night made headlines worldwide and has left the country in political turmoil. The news came at the worst time for the domestic solar industry, which had been enjoying its best year so far....


China's Hubei Province added 800 MW of new PV in first six months of 2016

Solar in Hubei.

State Electricity Supervision Bureau of North China claims, as of June 30, 2016, grid-connected PV capacity in Hubei Province exceeded 1 GW, reaching a total of 1.28 GW. Newly added installations during the first half of 2016...


Solar imports dramatically increase in India

Gujarat India Solar

Indian imports of solar PV cells and modules from outside manufacturers multiplied by more than three times from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, as the solar industry in the country experiences a radical growth, there are even plans for...


SolarCity raises $345 million in tax equity

The U.S. distributed solar market leader’s capital markets team has raised more than US$1.5 billion so far in 2016, despite a depressed stock value.


SolarWorld under pressure to find resolution to Hemlock court case

SolarWorld array being installed.

IHS Senior Research Director Ash Sharma spoke to pv magazine to give his take on the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor initial ruling last week, and how the two companies are likely to proceed from here, expecting that...


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