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Convert Italia confirmed as Europe’s largest solar tracker manufacturer
10 May 2017 at 2:22pm
SPONSORED: Convert Italia has been confirmed as the leading European manufacturer of solar trackers.

Trump administration draft budget slashes DOE and EPA funding in favour of nuclear
23 May 2017 at 6:41pm
The latest draft of the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget calls for cuts to clean energy and environmental-related departments, while providing a boost to nuclear power.

SunPower breaks ground on US Air Force’s largest behind-the-meter solar system
23 May 2017 at 5:07pm
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower has broken ground on a 28MW solar PV system at California’s Vandenberg Air Force base.

SolarWorld Americas planning major restructuring to survive
23 May 2017 at 1:44pm
SolarWorld Americas the US manufacturing subsidiary of bankrupt SolarWorld AG, expects to undertake a major restructuring to attempt to survive after telling its workforce of over 800 that they could receive notices of being laid-off at an undetermined time as part of the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act.

Four African nations join International Solar Alliance
23 May 2017 at 1:19pm
Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana have signed a framework agreement to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), while Comoros is expected to sign and submit its ratification instrument today.

California breaks renewable energy generation record
23 May 2017 at 12:58pm
California broke a new renewable energy record earlier this month, generating 80% of its overall energy capacity in one day solely from clean energy sources.

ARENA launches AU$20 million PV R&D funding round
23 May 2017 at 12:43pm
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is to provide AU$20 million (US$15 million) for its third competitive funding round for PV research and development (R&D).

Schneider Electric secures 750MW supply deal with Neoen
23 May 2017 at 12:09pm
French PV developer and Independent Power Producer (IPP) Neoen has agreed a 750MW supply deal with power engineering manufacturer Schneider Electric.

Former Sunrun execs claim company manipulated sales data ahead of IPO
23 May 2017 at 11:55am
Reports surfaced on Monday of former managers at one of the largest US solar companies Sunrun claiming that they manipulated key sales data around the time of the company’s 2015 initial public offering (IPO).

Siva Power secures a further US$25 million in funding for CIGS thin-film technology
23 May 2017 at 11:52am
US-based CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power said it had secured a further US$25 million in funding for its planned CIGS thin-film pilot and demonstration production line.

‘Confusion’ around India’s GST tax on solar cells and modules
23 May 2017 at 11:12am
After announcements that India will hit solar cells and modules with an 18% tax under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, some confusion has arisen about what level the tax will actually be set at.

Hevel Solar to build 10MW PV project in Siberia
23 May 2017 at 2:30am
Russian PV project developer Hevel Solar — a joint venture between Renova and JSC Rusnano — announced that it has started work on a 10MW solar project that will be developed in the Republic of Buryatia, Siberia, Russia.

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Large-scale storage systems at ees Europe 2017
16 May 2017 at 9:03pm
With their capacity to uncouple the generation of clean power from consumption and ease the burden on grids, large-scale storage systems will play a central role in the energy supply of the future. This is because they allow flexible coordination of energy supply and demand. From May 31–June 2, 2017 in Munich, ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, offers an overview of the versatile applications for large-scale storage systems.

SolarWorld Americas Inc. maintains full operations amid Parent’s Insolvency
15 May 2017 at 6:28pm
After the insolvency of the German SolarWorld AG the American daughter SolarWorld Americas Inc. announces:„SolarWorld Americas Inc., based in Hillsboro, Ore., is operating as usual and maintaining full operations as it produces and sells its market-leading solar technology.“

Manz AG completes sale of Manz CIGS Technology GmbH for EUR 50 million
10 May 2017 at 10:43am
Manz AG, a globally active high-tech equipment manufacturer with a comprehensive technology portfolio in its three strategic business units Solar, Electronics, and Energy Storage, has received the purchase price of EUR 50 million for its subsidiary, Manz CIGS Technology GmbH.

ee2017: Efficiency, safety and large-scale storage systems
8 May 2017 at 2:21pm

UNEP-Atlas shows energy potential of Africa
8 May 2017 at 2:14pm
A new Atlas shows the energy potential of Africa and the opportunities for investment to meet Africa’s energy needs.

Beyond levelised cost of electricity from Photovoltaics
14 May 2017 at 1:30pm
A new report by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) identifies what makes Photovoltaics electricity truly competitive.

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations
4 May 2017 at 9:21pm
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized its innovation and partnering successes and honored the scientists and engineers behind them at the lab's annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony.

Finalists announced for the solar industry innovation prize 2017
4 May 2017 at 9:06pm
The Intersolar AWARD is celebrating its 10th anniversary: The award honors pioneering products and solutions in the solar industry for the 10th time running. Once again, attendees submitted impressive innovations in the Photovoltaics and Outstanding Solar Projects categories this year. For the first time, submissions were accepted for the topic of Smart Renewable Energy. The panel of judges has now announced the finalists. The winner of this renowned industry award will be selected from these finalists on May 31, 2017 at Intersolar Europe.

New models for more accurate weather and energy forecasts
4 May 2017 at 8:56pm
Storm or calm, dark clouds or blue skies - wind turbines and photovoltaic systems supply more or less energy to the grid depending on weather conditions. A big challenge for transmission grid operators is having to forecast the amount of supplied energy as accurately as possible in order to maintain a stable grid. Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, together with the German Meteorological Service (DWD) in Offenbach, has thus developed mathematical models as part of the EWeLiNE project, which enables significantly improved predictions than the traditional procedure. The partners have now completed the BMWi sponsored project which started at the end 2012.

NREL works with small businesses to push innovations
3 May 2017 at 1:00pm
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate with 14 companies to address their critical technology challenges under the third round of DOE's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program.

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