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SPONSORED: How Pidbull plans to keep PID on a short leash
18 Apr 2017 at 1:37pm
After experiencing their own problems with potential induced degradation (PID), Belgium-based Edison Energy took matters into its own hands and developed the Pidbull solution in partnership with imec. Now it sells Pidbull to anyone experiencing issues with PID. As managing director Davy Verheyden explains, it is a problem solar asset owners cannot afford to ignore.

Construction set to commence on 55MW PV project in Kenya
22 Apr 2017 at 1:19am
The Kenyan Rural Electrification Authority’s (REA) chairman, Dr. Simon Gicharu, announced this week that the construction on a 55MW solar project in Kenya is set to begin.

Green with NV: Nevada’s monopoly utility wants to ‘subvert’ net metering restoration bill
21 Apr 2017 at 2:31pm
The PUC might have undergone a change of heart, but monopoly utility NV Energy is attempting to stand in the way of the bill that could restore the state's rooftop solar industry.

SNEC 2017: LONGi Solar launches mono PERC bifacial module
21 Apr 2017 at 1:33pm
Mono module manufacturer LONGi Solar has unveiled a PERC bifacial module at the SNEC exhibition in Shanghai.

Softbank and Invenergy partner to deliver 21MW of solar plants in Japan
21 Apr 2017 at 1:18pm
SB Energy, a subsidiary of Japanese firm Softbank has partnered with Invenergy Japan to develop, finance and construct two large-scale PV projects in Japan.

NRG completes California solar farm for tech king Cisco
21 Apr 2017 at 12:53pm
NRG Energy, the New Jersey-based power producer, has completed a 20MW solar farm in California for leading IT and networking firm Cisco.

Is US residential solar just for the rich?
21 Apr 2017 at 12:15pm
Whilst this claim that 'solar is for the rich' has previously never been supported by any data-based analysis, a new report by GTM Research and PowerScout could suggest that there may be some truth in this.

Massive oversubscription for 750MW solar tender in India’s Rajasthan
21 Apr 2017 at 10:10am
A Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) tender for 750MW of PV capacity at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan has been massively oversubscribed, with roughly 8.75GW worth of technical bids received.

HSH Nordbank to help finance 37.9MW PV project in Denmark
21 Apr 2017 at 9:26am
German bank HSH Nordbank announced this week that it is providing Danish developer MC Finans with a long-term loan of approximately US$24.6 million for the financing of the Vandel 2 solar park in the municipality of Vandel / Billund in southern Jutland.

Florida one step closer to implementing solar tax break
20 Apr 2017 at 3:50pm
Florida’s House Commerce committee successfully passed HB 1351 yesterday – otherwise known as the bill that would implement Amendment 4.

Acciona bags €100 million green loan from BBVA for Chile wind and solar projects
20 Apr 2017 at 1:27pm
Acciona has bagged a €100 million long-term ‘green loan’ from Spanish banking group BBVA to partially fund its wind and solar projects in Chile.

Giant 4,000MWh Li-ion battery storage facility proposed for 800MW PV farm in Queensland
20 Apr 2017 at 1:00pm
Queensland-based developer SolarQ is planning to build a 350MW(AC) solar plant combined with a ground-breaking 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage in the Gympie Region of Queensland, Australia.

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ACCIONA signs a EUR 100 million green loan with BBVA to fund solar PV and wind projects in Chile
21 Apr 2017 at 8:57am
ACCIONA Energía (Sarriguren, Spain) has signed a EUR 100 million "green loan" with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA, Bilbao, Spain) to partially fund its solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy projects in Chile. "Green loans" are regulated under the same criteria as "green bonds": an independent auditor certifies the contribution to sustainability by the projects they fund.

EnergySage Solar Marketplace Intel Report highlights accelerating decrease in solar prices
21 Apr 2017 at 8:53am
EnergySage (Boston, MA, U.S.) on April 20th, 2017 published its fourth semiannual Solar Marketplace Intel Report, providing a comprehensive analysis of consumer behavior, demographics, and preferences, as well as a complete account of industry trends in the U.S. residential solar market in 2016.

Aussie solar PV technology on track to enter global power market
21 Apr 2017 at 8:44am
A game changing moveable and modular solar energy system that can be set up and packed down in days is on track to enter the multi-billion dollar global temporary power market, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced on April 20th, 2017.

New call for proposals provides opportunities for funding U.S.-Israel cooperation for renewable energy and efficiency
21 Apr 2017 at 7:56am
BIRD Energy (Tel Aviv, Israel) on April 20th, 2017 announced its eighth funding cycle for U.S.-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

SDG&E seeks 83.5 MWs of energy storage to harness clean energy and enhance reliability
21 Apr 2017 at 7:48am
On April 19th, 2017 San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E, San Diego, CA, U.S.) announced that it has signed contracts for five new local battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 megawatts (MW). These four-hour energy storage facilities would be like having batteries from more than 5,500 all-electric, long-range vehicles at the ready, reads the press release.

ISE Group, Total and SunPower start up the 27 MW Nanao solar PV plant in Japan
20 Apr 2017 at 8:47am
ISE Group (Tokyo, Japan), Total (Paris; France) and SunPower Corp. (San Jose, CA, U.S.) have started up a 27 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island. Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the PV plant will generate clean and reliable electricity to serve thousands of Japanese households on the island.

LG Chem launches residential energy storage systems in North America
20 Apr 2017 at 8:41am
LG Chem Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) a global provider of lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has formally launched its range of award-winning residential battery systems in the North American market. The launch follows successful completion of UL certification and represents LG Chem’s initial foray into the North American residential energy storage market.

ENGIE enters solar PV business in China
20 Apr 2017 at 8:36am
ENGIE (Paris, France) on April 18th, 2017 announced an agreement for a 30% equity investment through capital increase in UNISUN, a Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) company. According to the press release, since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed PV projects totaling around 500 MW.

SMA equipment selected for energy storage test at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center
20 Apr 2017 at 8:33am
Renewable Energy Systems (RES, Kings Langley, UK) will utilize SMA (Niestetal, Germany) technology for a 1 MW battery pilot project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the nation’s premier wind energy technology research facility.

Scatec Solar and partners sign PPAs for 400 MW of PV generation capacity in Egypt
19 Apr 2017 at 7:57am
Scatec Solar (Oslo, Norway) and partners have signed 25-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for delivery of electricity from six solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 400 MW with the Government of Egypt. All located in Ben Ban area near Aswan in Upper Egypt, the PV plants are expected to generate about 870 GWh of solar power per year.

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