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SolarCity: another victim of GW-production entry self-delusion?
19 Oct 2016 at 2:51pm
Chapter and verse could be written about companies in the solar industry that had bitten off more than they could chew, when it comes to solar cell or panel manufacturing.

Bankruptcy court approves GCL-Poly’s US$150 million bid for SunEdison’s FBR polysilicon assets
27 Oct 2016 at 1:52pm
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holding said that the US bankruptcy court dealing with renewable energy firm SunEdison’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy has approved the sale of its electronic grade granular polysilicon produced with FBR (Fluidised Bed Reactor) technology assets, primarily held by Korean-based production plant SMP.

Singapore university running world’s largest floating solar test centre
27 Oct 2016 at 1:34pm
A Singapore university is running the world’s largest testing centre for floating solar PV systems looking at economic and technical feasibility.

Tesla returns to profit in Q3
27 Oct 2016 at 1:25pm
EV manufacturer and battery specialist Tesla Motors has reported strong results with a return to profit in Q3 this year.

Sunpreme’s ‘Maxima’ bifacial modules offer 380W and impedance matching performance
27 Oct 2016 at 1:16pm
Headquartered in California, Sunpreme has launched the Maxima GxB380 SM, 380W, touted as the most advanced high efficiency bifacial panels with integrated a TIGO optimizer and uses its proprietary ‘Hybrid Cell Technology’ (HCT) platform.

Wacker suffers sales slide on weaker polysilicon demand in Q3
27 Oct 2016 at 11:40am
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie has reported that polysilicon sales declined 6.8% in the third quarter of 2016, due to weaker demand and ASP declines, specifically in September.

Suzlon and Ostro JV to develop 50MW solar in Telangana
27 Oct 2016 at 11:33am
Suzlon Group has formed a joint venture with India-based renewables firm Ostro Energy to develop a 50MW PV project at Wanaparthy in the Indian state of Telangana.

NTPC tender for 250MW in Andhra Pradesh, NHPC 50MW EPC tender in Tamil Nadu
27 Oct 2016 at 10:45am
India’s largest utility NTPC has invited bids for a single solar PV project of 250MW capacity to be set up at the Kadapa Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh under open category.

Sunrun and LG Chem partner on solar-plus-storage
27 Oct 2016 at 9:54am
Residential installer Sunrun has teamed up with LG Chem, a Korean battery manufacturer, to offer solar-plus-storage systems in the US.

KACO new energy to provide 2.5MW of inverter capacity to Hungary
27 Oct 2016 at 2:31am
KACO new energy has signed off on a deal to supply 2.5MW of inverter capacity to Hungary. The order has been placed with the German photovoltaic specialist by Hungarian EPC and distributor Szalontai.

Victoria to reward solar households for supply during peak hours
26 Oct 2016 at 1:17pm
The Victorian government in Australia has confirmed plans to give a AU$ 0.30/kWh (US$0.23) payment to residential solar system owners that supply electricity to the grid during peak hours.

Maxim’s analog IC integrated cell-string optimizer replaces bypass diode limitations
26 Oct 2016 at 12:52pm
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a new cell-string optimizer technology that allows PV panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects, notably shade mitigation and eliminating hot-spots while minimizing the impact of overall power degradation mechanisms.

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Navigant Research: Annual revenue from global sales of advanced solar PV modules is expected to Reach USD 38 billion in 2025
27 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
According to a recent report from Navigant Research (Boulder, Colorado, U.S.), annual revenue from global sales of advanced solar photovoltaic PV modules is expected to grow from more than USD 3 billion in 2016 to USD 38 billion in 2025. Long term, niche technologies of today are expected to evolve and take over most of the solar market, according to the report.

Dominion Virginia Power to add 56 MW of solar PV capacity by the end of 2016
27 Oct 2016 at 10:54am
Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.) works to complete the construction of three large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in three Virginia counties – Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan. When operational by the end of the year, the solar PV facilities will produce 56 megawatts (MW) of solar power at peak output, enough energy to power about 14,000 homes.

Global consortium launches initiative to accelerate the scaling of 100% renewable energy solutions
27 Oct 2016 at 10:48am
A group of companies on October 26th, 2016 announced the launch of the global Bright Minds Challenge to identify and help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy – focusing on solar and energy storage.

Mexico's energy reform is set to increase the share of renewables, IEA report says
27 Oct 2016 at 10:42am
Mexico's wide-ranging energy reform, which began in 2013, is expected to reverse the country's declining oil production, increase the share of renewables in the power sector, and slow the growth in carbon emissions, providing a solid foundation for robust economic growth in the coming decades, according to the International Energy Agency.

New analysis: German battery energy storage companies leading in market shares
27 Oct 2016 at 8:44am
Despite the late start of the new subsidy scheme and the changed framework conditions the German market for solar energy storage products showed a distinctive growth within the first 6 months in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to EuPD Research (Bonn, Germany). Decreasing system prices and increasing offerings for storage solutions of domestic as well as foreign companies pushed the sales figures in Germany.

KACO new energy to supply 2.5 MW of solar PV inverter capacity to Hungary
27 Oct 2016 at 8:36am
KACO new energy GmbH (Neckarsulm, Germany) on October 26th, 2016 announced an order by the Hungarian EPC company and PV distributor Szalontai. The two companies signed the agreement for 50 inverters of type blueplanet 50.0 TL3 INT at the beginning of October. The units are already waiting to be shipped. The solar power systems they are designated for are planned to be finished by the end of January 2017.

Vivint Solar installs more than 2,700 rooftop PV panels at Vivint Smart Home Arena
27 Oct 2016 at 8:31am
Vivint Solar (Lehi, Utah, U.S.), a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, on October 26th, 2016 announced the installation of more than 2,700 rooftop PV panels at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is the home of the Utah Jazz and the premier sports and entertainment venue of the Intermountain West, located in downtown Salt Lake City. This full array of PV panels marks one of the largest rooftop solar energy systems among indoor sports venues in the United States.

Gamesa announces its largest ever solar PV EPC order in India: 130 MW for Atria Power
26 Oct 2016 at 2:41pm
Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica (Zamudio, Vizcaya, Spain) has entered into an agreement with Indian developer Atria Power for the EPC construction of 130 MW of solar power at two developments located in the regions of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, in southern India. It is the largest solar order received by Gamesa since it entered this sector in India last year, the company emphasizes.

Sungrow installs 20 MW solar PV & energy storage micro-grid plant in Tibet
26 Oct 2016 at 1:55pm
PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (Hefei, China) on October 25th, 2016 announced a solar photovoltaic (PV) & energy storage micro-grid power plant with 13 MW of PV inverters and 7 MW of energy storage inverters, was successfully installed in Shuanghu, China, the highest region in the world located in China’s Tibet province.

UK government continues to delay decision on solar thermal support
26 Oct 2016 at 1:51pm
21 organisations have backed a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, U.K. Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, urging her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The group, representing the solar industry, local government, manufacturers, housing providers, land owners, and environmental campaigners, argue that the internationally proven technology should not be unfairly disadvantaged by being removed from the scheme and that the diverse application of solar thermal should be fully recognised.

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