Policy

Energy Watch Group: 100% renewable electricity is both feasible and cost effective

A joint study by Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and Energy Watch Group presented on the sidelines of the COP23 talks in Bonn demonstrates that a global transition to 100% renewable electricity could be achieved by 2050, and would be more cost effective than the current electricity system.

COP23 climate talks aim to take measurable steps towards Paris Agreement, says UN

Meeting in Bonn should create an ‘operating manual’ for implementing the actions agreed upon at COP21 in Paris in 2015, says the UN.

94,000 new solar jobs in Europe by 2021, says SolarPower Europe President

New Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe report by SolarPower Europe and EY posits encouraging future for the continent’s solar industry. Positive political engagement by leading EU Member States will aid such growth, writes SolarPower Europe President Christian Westermeier exclusively for pv magazine.

Solar appears mostly spared in House tax reform bill

The tax reform bill introduced in the House of Representatives will make only minor changes to the Investment Tax Credit, however changes to corporate taxes remain a wild card.

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Yingli to supply 38 MW in China

Yingli Solar has agreed to supply PV modules for 38.4 MW of solar capacity that is being built under China’s PV poverty alleviation program.

SoftBank unit to build 102 MW in Japan

SB Energy, a subsidiary of Japanese telecoms group SoftBank, has revealed plans to build a 102.3 MW solar project in northern Japan, backed by 27 MWh of lithium ion storage capacity.

Chile’s auction concludes with average price of $32.5/MWh

The Chilean government has allocated approximately 600 MW of renewable energy capacity in the auction.

UK: Government survey shows strong public support for solar

Latest results from an ongoing public survey conducted by the British government show that support for solar and renewables is strong and growing across the country. Industry associations continue to call for better policies to support growth in renewable energy.

Chile: Lowest bid in electric auction reaches $21.48/MWh

The bid was submitted by Enel Generación Chile, a subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel. The second lowest bid was presented by GPG Solar Chile, a unit of Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa. At the auction, 2,200 GWh will be allocated, successful bids will be publicly announced on November 3rd.

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Singapore announces 50 MW rooftop PV tender

Singapore’s Housing and Development Board has launched its latest tender for 50 MW of new PV capacity under the SolarNova program. This will be largest tender so far in the SolarNova series, involving several new government agencies.