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South Australia-made silicon energy storage system "ready to close grid gap"

Image: Sam Pothecary

A South Australian company behind a silicon based thermal energy storage system has created and successfully tested a full prototype of its technology, which it says is ready for commercialisation after a decade is the making.


NextEra & First Solar commission 250 MW-AC project in Nevada

Does this mean that the age of mega-solar projects is over at last?


UK: Lightsource eyes GBP 600m buyback of installed solar systems

Installed solar array in England.

The British solar developer is looking to dip into a pot of GBP 600 million to purchase installed arrays, offering customers an upfront lump sum to transfer the FIT; customers will still receive free energy generated by the...


sPower signs 105 MW PPA under community choice aggregation program

sPower PV project. Image: sPower

sPower has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 MW-AC of solar power with community choice aggregator MCE in California, making it sPower’s largest contract of this type to date, and the largest community...


Tesla/SolarCity starts aggressive hiring process at Buffalo gigafactory

Image: Tesla Motors

Despite some early setbacks, the combined companies are looking for 34 positions — out of an expected 1,400 jobs — to staff their new facility.


Global inverter shipments to contract 5% in 2017 before steady recovery, says GTM Research

Huawei's smart fusion.

Consolidation of top 10 suppliers continues as Chinese inverter firms Huawei and Sungrow top shipment chart, while SMA's U.S. strength sees it cling on to top spot for revenue, report shows.


Yingli losses push past $50m in Q3

Yingli.

The Chinese solar company cites weak demand in China and module oversupply for lower revenues, profit and margin; will pivot towards higher efficiency sales in 2017.


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