Switching to solar can boost education, prosperity for developing world, study finds

Research from the Overseas Development Institute estimates that children in developing world can gain 15 minutes extra study time a day if their homes switch from fossil fuel to solar, while households can enjoy savings of $10 per month.

It’s settled: GCL-Poly resolves legal dispute with Solaria

Intellectual Property claim filed by U.S. firm Solaria against GCL-Solar in September 2016 has been resolved on mutually agreeable terms, GCL-Poly said. Exact details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Elgin Energy seeks permission to build 25 MW solar farm in Kilkenny, Ireland

Continued tumbling cost of solar prompts Elgin Energy to apply for planning permission to build a large-scale solar farm on a 100-acre site in Kilkenny, Ireland.

UK & Germany on course for 50% renewables by mid 2020s, finds BNEF report

Study carried out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on behalf of Eaton and U.K.’s Renewable Energy Association finds economic drivers key to increased uptake in solar and wind, although back-up capacity required by 2040 likely to be similar to today’s levels.

1

Jordan connects 12.9 MW PV plant located at refugee camp

Array at the Zaatari refugee camp on border between Jordan and Syria is world’s largest solar plant located within an official refugee camp, the UN says. Facility meets power needs of nearly 80,000 displaced Syrians.

Contractors appointed for DP Energy’s 375 MW solar, wind, storage hybrid plant in Australia

The Irish renewable energy developer will employ engineering firm Downer to develop the 150 MW solar energy component of the Port Augusta hybrid plant, with wind giants Vestas contracted to build 225 MW of wind power.

Interview: Uninterrupted cell production helps fast-track Indian solar manufacturing

Maximilian Germann, head of sales at German stringer experts M10 Industries, explains the benefits of uninterrupted cell production from a cost and quality perspective, and how Indian solar companies are beginning to put long-term opex ahead of short-term capex concerns.

1

Record quarter for SolarEdge as firm registers 22% growth in Q3

Revenue for the Israeli power electronics company rises 22% sequentially in third quarter to reach $166.6 million. More than 676 MW of inverters shipped helped drive gross margin of 34.9%.

SMA warns of lower annual sales in light of component shortage

Third quarter financial update sees strong growth in Asia but weak U.S. large-scale project demand drags on overall sales. Order backlog increases 25% to €350m.

Tongwei to invest $1.8bn to build two 10 GW solar cell factories in China

Massive 12 billion yuan ($1.8 billion) investment part of Chinese solar firm’s goal to boost its production capacity to 30 GW and become world’s largest solar manufacturer.