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Panasonic’s Q1 profit widens to $445 million

Panasonic reported a net profit attributable to shareholders of ¥48.8 billion ($445.1 million) in the first quarter of the current fiscal year — up sharply from ¥29.2 billion a year earlier — despite a decline in sales of its solar panels. 

Toshiba narrows PV loss as group struggles to survive

Toshiba has reported a group net loss of JPY 965.7 billion ($8.8 billion) for fiscal 2016, as its energy systems and solutions business — which which builds solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower projects, in addition to battery-based energy storage systems and smart meters — posted an operating loss of JPY 41.7 billion in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, marking a significant improvement from the preceding fiscal year.

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India in line for 9.4 GW solar additions in 2017, says Bridge to India

Report by market analysts forecasts India to become world’s third-largest solar market for 2017 but warns of headwinds including rising competition forcing down tariffs, uncertainty caused by anti-dumping issue, and potential rising module prices.

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Brazil to include rooftop solar in low-income housing program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida”

The Brazilian government said it is planning to issue a decree to include the installation of rooftop PV arrays in all new buildings erected under the program by the end of 2017.

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Households-as-power-stations could reduce energy consumption by 60% across UK

If homes across the U.K. were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, household fuel bills could be cut by £600 a year, finds a report.

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Engie in talks to develop solar roofing partnership in India – reports

French clean energy developer Engie is reportedly discussing a partnership with Indian roofing manufacturer Everest Industries to develop “solar-ready” rooftop solutions for the under-served distributed generation market.

Saudi Arabia issues net metering scheme for small-scale solar

The Middle Eastern country has so far mainly supported large-scale projects. The new rules, which will apply to projects not exceeding 1 MW, will come into force in mid-2018.

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British university to drive £7m Indian BIPV solar project

Swansea University will lead a consortium of 12 British and Indian universities on a £7 million project to build five solar-powered buildings in remote Indian villages that will be fully self-sufficient.

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UK’s solar fleet helps reduce power demand to lowest level in eight years

Data from energy analysts EnAppSys reveals that average half-hour power demand in July was just 26.2 GW, the lowest point since the last recession, as more distributed solar energy eased grid peaks.

China installed 24.4 GW of solar in first half of 2017, shows official NEA data

The statistics, published over the weekend, reveal that June alone accounted for more than half of that total figure, increasing 16% against June 2016.

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