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Mercom: US$736 million invested in India’s solar sector in Q4 2016

The nation saw substantial debt, public markets and project funding during the final quarter of 2016, including the first Indian solar developer to go public.

MESIA solar awards winners announced at WFES

U.S. company Array Technologies and Indian EPC Sterling & Wilson were amongst the winners of the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) annual awards ceremony, which was presented at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2017 being held in Abu Dhabi.

PVMA figures show 75 GW of solar PV was installed in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which, with a total of 75 GW installed, show a 50% growth from 2015, mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

BNEF predicts “revolution” in the power sector due to low-cost renewable energy

In their 10 predictions for 2017, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s chair and chief editor argue that we are entering a phase where low-cost renewable energy will come to define the power system, despite ideological and financial headwinds.

Japan to build its largest rooftop PV plant at 7.5 MW

The Redwood Group will install PV modules on a second roof at a distribution center in Osaka, adding another 4 MW to an existing plant.

EU ProSun casts doubt on Solar Power Europe manufacturing figures

The conflict between the two organizations goes beyond policy approaches, with EU ProSun stating that SolarWorld was never contacted for information.

WFES 2017: Saudi Arabia announces new energy master plan

Speaking yesterday at an Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week (ADSW) event, Saudi Arabia’s energy, industry and mineral resources minister Khalid Al-Falih announced a new grand energy plan for the country.

d.light secures further USD 10.5 million in funding for off-grid solutions

Off-grid solar solution manufacturer d.light has raised a further USD 10.5 million in funding to expand its operations in Africa and Asia, which brings the company’s total to an impressive USD 40 million in just four months.

Ukraine: Rapid expansion of solar PV continues in 2017

In 2017, 54 new solar projects with a total capacity of 488MW will be implemented enabling the country to exceed 1GW of installed PV plants.

Decentralized energy: how much of it?

An emerging topic in today’s discussions for renewable energy is the extent to which decentralized structures of energy replace the old centralized systems. pv magazine captures the debate.