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Sweden plans 60% subsidy for residential batteries

Sweden has announced a government subsidy that will cover 60% of the cost for installing a residential energy storage system, up to a maximum of 50,000 kroner (US$5,400). Battery, wiring, management systems and installation will all be eligible for payment under the subsidy.

Volkswagen announces shift toward clean energy and electric vehicles

In an effort to rebuild its reputation after last year’s emissions cheating scandal, the German car manufacturer has announced plans to become the world leader in electric vehicles by 2025.

Astronergy equips Bangladesh post offices with solar modules

Solar module manufacturers Astronergy will provide solar modules for 8500 post offices across the nation of Bangladesh. The modules will provide a reliable off grid power source to post offices in remote regions where power cuts or lack of grid connection are a problem.

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UK power regulator opens dialogue on smarter energy system

Ofgem and the UK Government have announced a call for views on how a smarter and more flexible energy system could create better value for the country’s energy customers. Ofgem estimates that smarter energy use could benefit both consumers and the industry to the tune of £8 billion a year.

Suzlon & Ostro announce 50 MW project in Telangana

Suzlon and Ostro Energy, two names more commonly associated with India’s wind energy industry, have announced plans to jointly develop a 50 MW solar project at Wanaparthy, Telangana, according to Mercom Capital. Both companies expect the project to be commissioned in 2017.

Dyesol announce CSIRO collaboration plan

Leading Australian developers Dyesol have today announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to collaborate with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the development of perovskite solar cells (PSC).

United Photovoltaics announces acquisition of 40 MW plant in Shandong

United Photovoltaics Group has completed its acquisition of the entire equity interest in Haiyang-Xin Shunfeng Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd.

Sungevity and Solar Brokers Canada announce partnership

California based developers Sungevity have announced a partnership with Canada’s largest solar energy reseller, Solar Brokers Canada. The two will team up to market Sungevity’s products to residential customers in the USA.

Utility scale storage project breaks ground in New England

Massachusetts’s first utility scale storage project got underway this week in the town of Sterling. The battery is being supplied to the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) by NEC Energy Solutions.

Corporate funding for solar hits $3 billion

Total corporate funding in the solar sector hit US$3 billion in the third quarter of 2016, according to a report released this week by clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group.

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