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Australia brown coal warriors switch to solar, disruptive technologies

The two men who ran Australia’s two dirtiest brown coal generators have switched sides.

Former Australian boss of GDF Suez, Tony Concannon, has now re-emerged as the chief executive of Reach Solar, while former head of Energy Australia, Richard McIndoe,has since emerged as the executive chairman of Edge Electrons.


SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customers

SolarCity solar rooftop installation

Rooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Meteocontrol, Phoenix Solar partner in Jordan, Turkey

Amman, Jordan

Among the projects Phoenix Solar is developing in the MENAT region is an 11 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, expected to be the largest private plant of its kind in the country, for the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in the...


Renewable energy jobs: 8.1 million and rising

California LADWP solar PV installers

Solar PV is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.8 million jobs worldwide, an 11% increase from the last count, according to a new IRENA report. Employment grew in Japan and the U.S., stabilized in China and decreased in...


JinkoSolar becomes first Chinese manufacturer to receive Q+ certification

TÜV Rheinland certification testing

The TÜV Rheinland's new upgraded test certification is recommended by the California Energy Commission and may become a requirement in the state. Q+ certification uses more stringent criteria than IEC 61215, the current industry...


Brookings finds net-metered solar to be a net benefit to utility customers

The prestigious Washington D.C. think tank’s analysis of existing literature shows a broad consensus that net metering is benefiting utility customers who do not employ solar PV.


Germany considers new taxes for renewable energy consumers

New tax regulations proposed by the German Ministry of Finance would have a heavy impact on the solar industry

German government considers revising the energy tax system. Solar advocates warn of heavy consequences for the industry.


Spruce raises $120 million to support residential solar PV

The solar finance company says that it will use the funds to support its third-party solar finance offerings.


Samsung SDI to begin producing PV paste in China after unveiling new 8800 Series

Samsung SDI at SNEC 2016. Photo Samsung SDI

The South Korean company is due to start operations at its Wuxi Plant in June to have a production base in China, where the PV industry is thriving.


RES to supply battery storage solutions to the UK grid

RES energy storage system

Renewable Energy Systems worked in tandem with Great Britain’s National Grid to create battery energy systems that can provide sub-second frequency response services.


Singulus Technologies signs two precontracts for the largest order in the company’s history

Singulus Technologies Gebaeude

The German PV production equipment manufacturer signed the precontracts, worth over EUR110 million (USD123 million), with a subsidiary of China National Building Materials for production machines to manufacture CIGS solar...


100 MW-AC solar project to power the Santiago metro

SunPower and Total’s Pelican solar project will supply 42% of the subway system’s electricity needs, and a wind plant will supply another 18%.


Vivint closes on $75 million in tax equity financing

The deal is good news for Vivint, which had reported difficulty raising tax equity funds.


U.S. C&I solar segment remains highly fragmented

The latest report by GTM Research finds that the top 10 developers account for only 42% of this market segment.


Dispute over arbitration location causes stumbling block for PV projects in Egypt

Great Sphinx of Giza Pyramid of Menkaure. Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov.

A dispute has emerged between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and international lenders and developers over the arbitration venue for PV projects that are being developed in the country, which could lead to delays...


EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions the largest solar plant in Israel

Israel's new 50.1 MW solar plant is located in the northern part of the Negev desert

EDF Energies Nouvelles starts operation on a 50.1 MW PV power plant in the northern part of the Negev desert, Israel.


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