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Solar modules packed and ready to be shipped.

German behemoths SolarWorld and SMA both lowered their financial forecasts this week; Tesla reveals details of its Panasonic partnership, and the IEA ups its renewables forecast, albeit only slightly.

ITRPV: PERC, n-type mono and copper wire interconnection to gain market shares

Meyer Burger Smartwire technology

VDMA’s guide to technology trends in the PV industry expects rapid change in the cell and module space.

Fotowatio awarded 300 MW project in Mexican auction

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures' Moree solar farm. Image: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

The Spanish solar developer has revealed that it was awarded a 300 MW project in the second Mexican power auction that took place in September, with a lower than average bid of USD 26.99 per MWh.

Tesla breaks into the black in Q3 results

The EV and battery maker maintains that its battery gigafactory will be ready to support Model 3 rollout in H2 2017, three weeks before a shareholder vote on the acquisition of SolarCity.

UK slips to lowest position ever in EY's renewables attractiveness index

Solar installation, England.

14th place for U.K. comes on back of Brexit uncertainty and go-ahead of Hinkley Point nuclear plant. However, Europe generally on the rise according to Ernst & Young analysts.

Tesla gigafactory to combine Silevo, Panasonic HIT solar technologies

Panasonic will operate the Buffalo "gigafactory", and sell modules to Tesla/SolarCity.

IEA ups renewable forecast 13%, hails "impressive progress" of PV manufacturers

Kingston Energy park. Image: Western Wind Energy Corp.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its mid-term renewable forecast by 13%. Largely on the back of key policy developments in the U.S., India, China and Mexico, the agency has pointed to wind and solar PV’s...

SMA lowers financial forecast for 2016

Image: SMA Solar Technology

German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, has been forced to reduce its financial outlook for 2016, making it the second German solar industry manufacturer to announce forecast reductions today, after SolarWorld made a...

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Under the planned agreement, Panasonic will manufacture cells and modules at Tesla's plant in Buffalo, New York.

It’s been a week of broken records and big investments for the global solar industry. The Indian market still looks unstoppable, while Tesla continue to make big moves in the U.S. industry, despite not yet knowing if and when...

Turkey to launch 1 GW tender

Turkish flag.

Turkey will tender for up to 1 GW of PV to be developed in the central region of Konya. Turkish press is reporting that the tender will be for a 1 GW array, titled the Karapinar solar project, and that a 2,000 hectare site has...

Neo Solar Power raises $120 million via bond offering

The Taiwanese company’s third placement of credit-enhanced zero coupon convertible bonds (ECBs) earlier this week was twice-oversubscribed.

Swinerton, D.E. Shaw complete the largest solar plant in the Midwest

Xcel Energy will buy power from the 100 MW-AC North Star Solar facility in Minnesota.

Stunning price falls could spark another gold rush for US solar PV market

SolarCity rooftop array. Flickr image by orngejuglr.

A Deutsche Bank report has predicted "sharp declines" in US solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a "final 'gold rush'" in the American residential,...

India's rooftop PV capacity passes 1GW: report

The country has built 513 MW of additional rooftop capacity over the past 12 months, bringing cumulative installations to 1.02GW, according to research firm Bridge to India.

Indian government to invest $3.1bn in 5GW of PV production: report

New Delhi will soon unveil plans to provide 210 billion rupees ($3.1 billion) to ramp up domestic output of solar panels, Bloomberg reports, citing officials close to the matter.

Tesla strengthens Panasonic solar bond with cell and module collaboration


The two firms have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the production of solar modules and cells at Tesla's Buffalo facility. Deal rests on completion of Tesla's SolarCity acquisition.

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