GE to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Egypt

In what comes as the company’s first turnkey solar contract, GE Power Conversion is expected to build a 50 MW PV plant in Egypt.

Green Bank Network unleashes over $29 billion of clean energy capital

In an announcement at ClimateWeek NYC, the Green Bank Network said that it had closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than $29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe.

Russia: Hevel completes construction of 20 MW solar park

A 20 MW solar project featuring heterojunction modules is the first one of its kind in Russia. Hevel announces further expansion of its HJT module production to 220 MW.

Enel brings online 546 MW of solar projects in Brazil

Two solar farms, Ituverava (254 MW) and Nova Olinda (292 MW), have been put into operation, and hailed as South America’s largest solar parks.

Scientists create waterproof, wearable photovoltaics

Coated on both sides with an elastomer that ensures stretchability and stability in water, the new textile-compatible photovoltaics are able to maintain high efficiency of 7.9%.

Shanghai Electric, ACWA to build 700 MW CSP plant phase four of Raschid al-Maktum solar park

A consortium consisting of Chinese Shanghai Electric and Saudi ACWA Power has bagged an order to build a 700 MW CSP plant, the fourth phase of the 1 GW Mohammed bin Raschid al-Maktum solar park located in the Dubai Desert.

Renewables trouncing nuclear, report shows

Global nuclear power generation increased by 1.4%, whereas solar power output grew by 30% and wind by 16% in 2016, with all renewables representing 62% of global power generating capacity additions, finds the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

Scientists look into insect eyes for new solar cell design

Mimicking a compound eye of a fly, Stanford University scientists have packed tiny perovskite cells into a hexagon-shaped epoxy resin scaffold, improving the material’s durability when exposed to moisture, heat and mechanical stress in a breakthrough that may open the door to the awaited improvement in perovskite’s operational stability.

European Commission releases dataset of solar generation time series

In order to help policymakers come up with an energy framework that would better reflect the solar power generation potential across Europe, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service Joint Research Center (JRC) has produced a dataset of solar energy production at national, regional and local level, by the hour for the last 30 years, based on the existing PV fleet at the end of 2015.

Ireland needs rooftop PV incentive scheme, report shows

As Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is considering a new renewable electricity support scheme to replace the existing REFIT regime, Friends of the Earth voices concerns that the new scheme may fail to consider rooftop installations. The environmental NGO argues that introduction of a subsidy for rooftop solar PV is vital for putting the country on a decarbonization course.