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100% renewable energy system cheapest for South America

LUT solar panels. Image: Teemu Leinonen

Transitioning to a fully renewable energy system, with over 50% coming from solar PV, would be the cheapest option for South America and it is possible in the next 15 years, according to research conducted by the Lappeenranta...


Battery storage may have started mass market take-up in Australia

The Suncrowd team.

A community-based program to encourage the uptake of solar and battery storage in Australian homes and businesses has been so successful that the promoters believe the battery storage sector may be in the early stages of...


China supplied 84% of India's imported solar cells and modules in FY 2016

JA Solar module inspection.

New and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal confirms that 84% of solar cell and module imports into India in the last fiscal year came from China. These imports amounted to $1.96bn in value.


Tesla/SolarCity completes PV and battery system to power Samoan island

The solar array will replace the diesel generators that were previously used to provide power, which required fuel which was shipped in from ports thousands of miles away.

The 1.4 MW solar and 6 MWh battery system will supply power to the 600 residents of Ta'u, replacing the island's diesel generators.


TSEC increasing manufacturing capacity by 450 MW

Taiwan nationa flag. Image: Flickr Carrie Kellenberger

Solar cell and module manufacturer Taiwan Solar Energy Corp (TSEC) announced plans to increase its annual solar cell manufacturing capacity by 450 MW using finance it accrued through loans and new share issuances, while it is...


Sweden to effectively scrap solar energy tax: reports

Swedish flag.

The Swedish government is poised to introduce a 98% cut to a controversial tax on solar energy after receiving sustained criticism from environmentalists, reports Reuters.


Hanwha Q Cells records 65% YoY revenue increase for Q3

Hanwha Q Cells production.

South Korean solar firm posts revenue of $707.8 million for third quarter, generating gross profits of $140.5 million. Shipment volumes remain undisclosed, however.


Utility-scale PV O&M market to hit 182 GW by end of year

Image: Solarcentury

An extensive new report of the utility-scale solar operations and maintenance (O&M) market, by GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting, projects that the market will have reached 182 GW by the end of 2016, and will have more than...


EMEX 2016: UK solar's ever-shifting tides

EMEX 2016 in London, UK. Image: Ilias Tsagas

Despite the gloom stemming from the UK's decision to scrap subsidies for large-scale solar and back nuclear energy, there are signs at London's EMEX 2016 show that the domestic solar sector is fighting back.


Module price slump weighs on Canadian Solar Q3 revenue

Canadian Solar installation.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar company sees third quarter revenue contract 18.4% sequentially and 22.7% year-on-year due to tumbling module prices; shipments come in below guidance.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Image: Tesla Motors

With the fallout from the U.S. election still hot on everybody's lips, news and speculation as to what The Donald might be planning with the solar industry was rife, but while the world’s eyes were fixed on the bizarre events...


India will add 5.1 GW of solar PV this year, finds Bridge to India

India is poised to become the world's third-largest solar PV market in 2017.

Analyst's report reveals that India now has more than 10 GW of utility-scale, rooftop and off-grid solar PV installed nationwide, with the sector growing 137% this year alone. India on course to be world’s third largest solar...


Amazon expands partnership with Dominion for a further 180 MW of solar

Image: Dominion

The e-commerce giant has agreed to purchase energy from a further 180 MW of solar projects that will be developed by Dominion in Virginia, US, as Amazon looks to fuel 100% of its operations through renewable energy within the...


For Trump and solar, don't borrow trouble

Donald Trump. Image: GageSkidmore

There are many uncertainties about what a Trump Administration will bring. But the impacts on solar may be less than many fear.


BREAKING: Tesla shareholders approve SolarCity acquisition

Solar Roof and Panasonic solar panel gigafactory, here we come.


Battery use to drive 4.5 GW global surge in storage inverters, finds IHS Markit

Grid-connected storage is growing worldwide, which will spur cost reductions of storage inverter and power conversion systems.

Growth in grid-connected energy storage represents a global opportunity for suppliers of energy storage inverter and power conversion system suppliers. Wider adoption will accelerate cost reduction, finds IHS Markit.


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