Battery electric vehicle sales in UK were outpacing hybrids – before Covid-19 struck

Pure EVs had begun to claim a rising market share before coronavirus containment measures decimated sales last month. Even in the face of an 88% monthly fall in EV sales from March to April, however, clean energy models fared better than petrol and diesel sales.

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REC Group confirms patent action against Hanwha in China

The Chinese state-owned solar manufacturer has filed a claim against its Korean competitor relating to REC’s split-cell and junction box technology.

Brazilian buses to help drive down cost of lithium-sulfur batteries

British manufacturer Oxis Energy has announced plans to help Brazil to an all-electric bus fleet by 2045.

Covid-19 weekly briefing: US residents ponder solar during lockdown, Aussie installers wonder what might have been and the Indian EV industry calls for help

Plus, Italian developers continue to dig deep for their health service, the pandemic piles on problems for a debt-saddled Chinese company and analysts consider whether there will be any money left for a green economic recovery after the dust settles.

Auditor blocks solar developer accounts over missing deposits

State-owned solar company Panda Green will miss Friday’s deadline for publishing its audited figures for last year and new owners Beijing Energy have announced the formation of a committee to investigate the payment of $144 million in deposits to secure development rights for projects which never happened.

European solar records will continue to tumble this summer

Solar forecasting company Solargis says the insight offered by Covid-19 industrial shutdowns into a renewables-driven future serves to emphasize the value of the chief commodity it trades in – data.

Covid-19 hampering the survival prospects of private solar developers in China

SFCE has revealed, in a string of stock market updates this year, the coronavirus pandemic is complicating its efforts to sell off PV projects fast enough to pay off creditors.

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How to protect clean energy auctions during Covid-19 crisis

The EU research group tasked with optimizing renewable energy auction procurement processes said the achievement of climate change goals brought about by plunging energy demand should not endanger longer-term ambitions.

Finnish solar manufacturer gets Lithuanian factory purchase over the line

Appetite may have been lacking among private investors – at a time when global stocks are tanking amid Covid-19 and global recession fears – but the eco-friendly new Finnish government, and neighboring administrations, have stepped in to fill the breach.

SolarEdge braced for Covid-19-related dip in record revenues

The Israeli inverter maker again posted a robust set of quarterly figures but is anticipating a dip in performance during the current three-month window as pandemic-driven lockdowns take effect in its markets.

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