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Brazil: Auction delivers over 800 MW of PV at 8 cents/kWh

Football stadium in Brazil.

Brazil has concluded its second reverse auction for solar power plant projects, with 834 MW of parks being awarded bids, with an average price of 301.79 Real per megawatt-hour – or US$0.0842/kWh. The average price was 13.5% below...


EU PVSEC and Intersolar Europe to join forces

Crowds at Intersolar Europe.

Following speculation, Intersolar Europe and EU PVSEC will join forces in June 2016. The merger will see the Intersolar tradeshow and storage conference run concurently with, yet independently from, EU PVSEC's R&D conference.


Expert analysis: The solar storage story

"Sonnenbatterie seems to be pushing longer life times and aggregated depths of discharge, which are both interesting"

Led by the charge of Tesla’s headline-hogging Powerwall announcement, the selection of storage technologies unveiled at this year's Intersolar Europe was refreshingly innovative, says IHS’s Sam Wilkinson.


Trina Solar refutes reports of Malaysian fab rejection

Trina Solar production.

Reports in the Malaysian and U.K. press that Trina Solar has had an application for a Malaysian solar facility in the country rejected have been refuted today by the company, which claims it has made no such application.


pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

In a 100% renewable US we'll all be running our houses with solar power and relaxing in front of the box to watch Formula E. But we won't be using AE inverters...


Spain's solar tax 'almost complete'

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Minister says twin tax on self-consumption is almost ready. With elections looming, the Spanish government is in a race against time to enact the legislation.


Solar Impulse breaks non-stop solo flight record, inches closer to Hawaii

Si2 in flight.

The solar-powered aircraft is close to completing the most arduous leg of its round-the-world flight as pilot Andre Borschberg breaks solo flight record as he steers the craft closer to Hawaii.


US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


GTM: Advanced Energy exit leaves 17% U.S. inverter market share up for grabs

SMA solar inverter manufacturing

GTM Research has published analysis showing that Advanced Energy currently holds 17% inverter market share in the U.S., meaning the firm’s exit from the market has left a sizable opportunity for competitors.


US solar output 50% higher than official figures suggest, report finds

Rooftop installation, U.S.

A joint study by GTM Research and kWh Analytics finds that distributed solar in the U.S., absent from official EIA figures, accounts for 9.2 GW, or 45%, of the nation's capacity.


Advanced Energy confirms exit of solar inverter business

Advanced Energy's 1000NX central inverter.

The U.S. precision power conversion company has taken the decision to shutter its solar inverter business after grappling with poor sales in the sector for the past few quarters.


Solar-powered Formula E can overtake Formula 1, says Richard Branson

Richard Branson celebrates with Formula E inaugural champion Nelson Piquet Jr in London.

The Virgin tycoon believes all-electric and solar-powered racing cars will prove more attractive to sponsors and racing enthusiasts within the next four or five years.


pv magazine weekly digest

Solar sunrise

BNEF drops its annual future energy outlook with solar the shining light, BYD advocates for 'all silicon' and batteries and key German solar players make a stand against the minimum price.


Sunrun moves towards IPO

Sunrun installation

Solar lease provider Sunrun is moving towards IPO. The San Francisco based company has filed a S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.


SMA to capitalize on GW scale PV hybrid opportunities

SMA Solar Technology AG has set up a test center at its German headquarters to optimize PV diesel hybrid energy systems. Such applications are growing in importance, says the company, which estimates an annual global growth in...


Interview: Behind the New Energy Outlook 2015

Australian PV power plant.

Yesterday, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released its 2015 New Energy Outlook. In it solar PV was seen as a leading energy source for the future, however the pace of renewable energy deployment and the continuation of large...


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