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Banpu targets 300 MW with new downstream unit

Banpu, Thailand’s biggest coal miner, has jumped into downstream solar project development, with the launch of a new subsidiary that aims to install 300 MW of solar capacity over the next five years.

pv magazine 7th Quality Roundtable: why investors should spend a little to save a lot

At the 7th pv magazine Quality Roundtable, to be held on September 21 at the REI show in Greater Noida, India, a collection of experts will examine the chief quality concerns facing this growing market. Confirmed speaker Steven Xuereb of PI Berlin explains how investors should take a long-term view when entering the Indian market, looking beyond immediate gains.

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Hanergy claims narrower profit of $31.3 million in H1

Hanergy Thin Film Power (HTF) has reported an unaudited net profit of HK$244.8 million ($31.3 million) in the six months to the end of June, down roughly 70.2% from the preceding year, as revenue edged down 13.4% on the year to HK$2.9 billion.

Australia: AEMC shies away from “solar tax”

Although proposed in the report’s draft, the Australian Energy Market Commission’s final report on the Distribution Market Model does not mention imposition of charges for export of energy from distributed generators.

Staying below 2 degrees is “possible and practical” says RMI

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s new report Positive Disruption describes pathways for the global economy to mitigate serious global warming through accelerated adoption of renewable energy, the transformation of our energy and transportation system, and improved management of agriculture, forestry, and other land-uses. Staying below two degrees Celsius of warming is not just possible the report argues but practical given the accelerating declines in the cost of renewable energy.

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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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