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India: Premier Solar establishes 200 MW solar module manufacturing facility

The Indian manufacturer is reported to have completed a fully automatic solar module manufacturing plant in Sangareddy district of the Indian state of Telangana.

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Array Changing Technologies 2017

A new format for 2017 sees the Array Changing Technologies feature split over three issues. A panel of European experts assessed the tech shaping Europe’s solar market for June, with a similarly experienced panel on board for July’s North American selection. The winner will be announced in September, so read on to discover which of the 20 entries have been shortlisted for the top prize!

Markets & Policy

Mexico’s PV capacity reached 389 MW at the end of 2016

The newly installed PV power for 2016 was approximately 219 MW, according to new data released by the government.

Installations

Greece’s PV restart: Hellenic Petroleum secures financing for at least 8.6 MW

Greece’s Hellenic Petroleum has secured financing to develop 190 MW of combined solar PV and wind power capacity in Greece. The company was awarded 8.6 MW of PV capacity in Greece’s inaugural renewable energy tender in December 2016.

Manufacturing

ABB bags 102 MW inverter order from Jordan

The company’s devices will be used for the Mafraq I and Mafraq II projects, which are being developed by Fotowatio.

Markets & Policy

Two more 2 MW PV project proposals submitted to Albanian authorities

Overall, 11 similar proposals for PV and hydropower projects of up to 2 MW have been filed to date by the Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry.

Markets & Policy

Spanish government provides auction’s official numbers: allocated solar capacity reaches 3.9 GW

Around 3,909 MW of solar was assigned in yesterday’s auction. This is 400 MW more than what Spanish solar association UNEF had estimated in its provisional forecast.

Manufacturing

Open letter for preservation of EU solar industry receives further support

More than 100 research centers, associations and companies have signed the letter.

Markets & Policy

GCL to supply modules to IBC Solar

German based PV systems provider IBC Solar has announced a partnership deal with solar manufacturing giant GCL System Integration Technology. The first modules supplied by GCL are expected to be delivered in September.

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Turmoil in residential solar

U.S. residential: After years of steady, relentless growth, the U.S. residential solar market is struggling with challenges on both the policy and customer acquisition fronts. And as the market diversifies away from California and the Northeast, the future is far from clear.

Canada’s Nova Scotia gets residential solar PV investment fund

With the primary purpose of financing residential PV in Canada’s province of Nova Scotia, the Solar Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF), dubbed Solar Scotia Energy, has recently met its minimum funding needed to start and to date has raised nearly one million dollars.

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Spain’s auction allocates 3.5 GW of PV capacity

Solar had the largest share in Spain’s renewable energy auction, leaving wind power, which won all the allocated capacity in the previous auction, with just 720 MW.

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UK’s Lightsource and BlackRock team on £1bn solar strategy

British renewable energy developer Lightsource has entered into a £1 billion partnership with asset manager BlackRock Real Assets to create Kingfisher, which will target 1 GW of solar capacity in the U.K. Partnership will also eye storage opportunities.

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Blue is the new black

Utilities and solar: The old structures of centralized power generation are slowly being eroded by a combination of more affordable solar PV and cleantech innovation. Many of Europe’s big utilities were initially resistant to this changing of the old guard, but a growing number are now realigning their business structures to place PV at the forefront.

Judge approves SunEdison final disposition plan

More than a year after the world’s largest renewable energy developer went under, Judge Stuart Bernstein has approved a deal that will allow it to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings over the objections of shareholders and two investors.

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Kong Sun forecasts H1 profit of $5.9 million

The Chinese PV investor said it may record a net profit of up to CNY 40 million ($5.9 million) for the first half of 2017. The preliminary figures point to a sharp turnaround from last year, as it posted a net loss of CNY 124.4 million in the first six months of 2016.

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Australia: 10 remote Aboriginal communities add 3.325 MW solar

Aimed at phasing out diesel fuel for electricity generation in remote Aboriginal communities, the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) has switched on solar PV systems for the first 10 indigenous communities in Australia’s Northern Territory

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China’s PV generation spikes 75% in H1

Solar projects generated about 51,800 GWh of electricity throughout China in the first half of 2017, up 75% year on year, according to preliminary statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA).

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Technology

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Unleashing the sun

Off-grid in Nigeria: With the largest unelectrified population in Africa, Nigeria holds great promise for off-grid solar companies. Progress on electrifying the country can be accelerated by improving government policies.

UNIST achieves 22.1% efficiency in perovskite solar cell

Researchers at South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) announced a new world for efficiency in hybrid inorganic-organic perovskite solar cells, at 22.1%.

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Organic electrode material could boost lithium ion capacity

Researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Institute have developed a new electrode material which could improve the capacity and charge/discharge speed of lithium-ion technology, as well as reducing for costly cobalt in the batteries.

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Australia’s Greatcell signs MOU with JinkoSolar

Under a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with JinkoSolar, Greatcell noted it would make available developmental perovskite cells for further evaluation.

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U.S. university CPV system outperforms silicon by 54% in test

A single-cell concentrating photovoltaic system developed by researchers at Penn State University reportedly reached 30% efficiency, and generated 54% more energy during a two-day test than a commercial silicon solar in the same conditions.

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Manufacturing

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When the levee breaks

Solar and delisting: Trina Solar’s departure from the NYSE could signal a wave of solar firms leaving U.S. stock markets. But many uncertainties remain.

SolarWorld: short-term solution from investor seems possible

The provisional insolvency administrator of the German module manufacturer is now in talks with a potential investor for the acquisition of the company’s German manufacturing facilities in Freiberg and Arnstadt. Around 1,200 employees will be transferred to a transitional company.

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India launches AD probe against Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar cells

Country’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping states that it has identified a causal link between dumping and injury of Indian firms, enough to warrant the initiation of the investigation.

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VDMA: solar equipment orders increase 328% in Q1

A report published by German engineering federation VDMA reveals strong demand for solar production equipment, with order intake in the first quarter of 2017 tripling over the previous quarter. The book to bill ratio of orders to delivered systems hit the ‘very high’ level of 4.4 for the first quarter of 2017

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China H1 solar panel production surges 25% in a year

Data from the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) reveals a 25.9% rise in solar module production over the first six months of the year, reaching 34 GW. Q2 utilization rates stood at 85%, data shows.

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Energy Storage

Increasing integration of intermittent energy sources has shifted focus to balancing supply and demand with a view to increasing operational flexibility and energy efficiency. Investigating the impact of demand response on low voltage networks with a PV system, researchers of the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in Malaysia have showed how it can help improve the […]

Malaysian researchers test demand response with residential PV systems

New research sheds light on the benefits of demand response applications in a low voltage distribution network with an integrated PV system.

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VC funding for battery, smart grid and efficiency tech tops $1bn in H1 2017, finds Mercom report

More than $1 billion raised in the first half of 2017 by battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency companies – up from $807m in H1 2016, finds latest Mercom Capital Group report.

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UK: Nearly 126,000 employed in thriving renewables industry, report shows

In the first year energy storage and electric vehicle sectors are included, REA’s annual publication reveals a 2.5% YoY increase in the number of jobs in the renewable energy industry, but also a significant decline in growth from two years previous when it was at nearly 9%. The Association points to negative policy changes as the reason behind the downward trend.

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UK to unveil £246m battery investment strategy

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark to announce on Monday focused strategy designed to modernize the U.K.’s energy sector and bring more renewables into the fold via sustained support for storage technology.

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Press Releases

Cubico completes acquisition of Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 concentrated solar power plants in Spain

Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited announced that it has acquired two operational Concentrated Solar Power plants in Granada, Spain, totalling 99. 8MW from two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Deutsche Asset Management’s infrastructure investment business, and the Spanish construction company Cobra Sistemas y Redes

LG Electronics and Grasshopper Solar Announce Solar Power Partnership LG Electronics and Grasshopper Solar announce solar power partnership

Grasshopper Solar is pleased to announce its partnership with LG Electronics. Today, all of Grasshopper's Guaranteed Funding solar system installations in Ontario will feature LG solar panels.

Heraeus Photovoltaics and Tongwei Solar join forces to develop new generations of solar cell technologies

Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, announced today that it has established a cooperation agreement with Tongwei Solar on the R&D and applications of new-generation solar cell technologies, including black silicon, PERC technology and other high-efficiency technologies. Based in Chengdu, China, Tongwei Solar is one of the world’s […]

Hanwha Q Cells becomes international partner of RB Leipzig

Hanwha Q CELLS international partner and exclusive partner regarding solar energy for RB Leipzig. Partnership over two years with option for renewal.