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Phoenix Solar secures EPC contract for 19.6 MW Texan solar plant

Kinney County in Texas.

U.S. subsidiary of the German-headquartered solar developer awarded the rights to develop the single-axis tracking solar plant in Texas. Energy produced will be consumed by the U.S. military.


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...


UK and Germany fossil fuel subsidies undermining Paris deal, says UN

Mary Robinson.

Climate change envoy critical of Germany's coal compensation and the U.K.'s tax breaks for oil and gas as concern grows over lack of tangible progress post-Paris among many leading nations.


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.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

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.


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