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The weekend read: Solar’s farming synergy

With the U.K. government apparently preparing to deal another blow to solar by abolishing export payments for small-scale generators, the contribution of the country’s agricultural sector to the industry could be more important than ever.

Undaunted Xinyi presses on with production expansion

Chinese solar glass manufacturer will forge ahead with plans for three new Malaysian fabs – at some point – but EPC and development operations are fading into the shadows in the wake of Beijing’s new PV policy direction.

France must do more, says minister who resigned live on air

The departure of the popular Nicolas Hulot will be a blow to President Macron, but shares in the state nuclear agency rose immediately after the energy minister dramatically announced his resignation during a radio show.

Ramaphosa offers optimism for South African solar

Although lobbyists will be dismayed a 1 GW annual cap on PV will remain, the indications are it will disappear after 2030 – if not before – and renewables appear to have become a more attractive proposition than nuclear, as coal is phased out.

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More developers approved for Egyptian small scale PV program

National scheme reportedly aims to drive installation in segments including residential and commercial and industrial facilities.

Solar beats oil and gas price in EU

With the carbon price set by the bloc’s emissions trading scheme on the rise – alongside fossil fuel costs – there’s never been a stronger economic case for renewables. And analysts are predicting the trend is no blip.

Trony shares to be wiped from exchange on Thursday

Drawn-out business of the removal of the thin-film manufacturer’s stock from the Hong Kong exchange is almost at an end. Trading in the Shenzhen-based company’s shares has been suspended for more than six years.

GA Powers ahead with 58 MW of solar in Vietnam

German developer settled on Ha Tinh province after two years assessing several regions of the southeast Asian nation, and stressed the decision was in large part due to the welcome offered international investors.

Pilot brings pv-magazine.com to off-grid Rwandan communities

Wifi hotspots powered by PV will bring internet access to remote communities for the first time under a scheme run by a ‘next generation utility’ which hopes to expand to provide more conventional utility services in future.

First utility-scale battery helps relieve stress on UK’s national grid

A 10 MW system in Derbyshire provided power to the grid as part of a virtual power plant in a national first. It should prove a popular development, according to the results of a new survey.

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