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Besieged regulator causes ‘collateral damage’ to Philippines solar industry
23 Jan 2018 at 4:59am
Filipino energy secretary Alfonso Cusi has euphemistically admitted that the suspension of four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) may cause delays in power projects, while the already inert solar industry has seen conditions go from bad to worse.



Trump’s solar tariffs will cost 23,000 jobs, says SEIA
22 Jan 2018 at 11:37pm
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has claimed that the 30% tariffs on solar cells and modules will cost the US 23,000 jobs.



Trump reveals 30% solar tariffs
22 Jan 2018 at 10:45pm
President Trump has announced the tariff rates to be applied on global solar imports as a result of the Section 201 trade case.



Off Grid Electric using US$55 million financing from EDF, GE and others for Ghana expansion
22 Jan 2018 at 5:21pm
Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the microgrid provider’s expansion in the continent, with investors including an arm of General Electric (GE).



ROUND-UP: Chinese PV donations to Nepal, Fortum India Solar2Go pilot, BBOXX task management platform
22 Jan 2018 at 1:26pm
Fortum, Futurice and Boond start the first Solar2Go pilot project in India, China donates thousands of solar systems to Nepal, BBOXX launches cloud-based task management platform



InfraCo Africa commits US$3.1 million to Guinea’s first grid-connected solar project
22 Jan 2018 at 12:44pm
InfraCo Africa has partnered France-based developer Solvéo Energie by committing up to US$3.1million for a 45% equity interest in the development of a 40MW solar project in the Republic of Guinea.



Vasari plans 180MW of ground-mount and floating solar in Vietnam
22 Jan 2018 at 12:21pm
California-based clean energy firm Vasari Energy plans to build and operate two ground-mount and two floating solar projects in Vietnam over the next two years.



Bifacial technology was likely reason world’s lowest ever solar bid was rejected
22 Jan 2018 at 10:48am
Saudi’s initial solar bids for the 300MW Sakaka project slipped below two US cents per kWh, but the lowest bid was rejected. We take a look at a claim that its championing of bifacial technology was the root cause.



China officially installed 52.83GW of solar modules in 2017
22 Jan 2018 at 9:50am
According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), solar PV installations reached 52.83GW in 2017, up from 34.54GW in 2016, and accounting for around 50% of expected global solar demand last year.



Risen Energy sets new revenue record in 2017
22 Jan 2018 at 7:50am
Major China-based PV module manufacturer Risen Energy, which entered PV Tech’s Top 10 module manufacturer’s rankings for the first time in 2017, has reported that its operating income exceeded RMB 10 billion (US$1.56 billion) in 2017, a new record for the company.



World Bank plans ‘Scaling Solar and Storage’ program
19 Jan 2018 at 4:56pm
The World Bank plans to make energy storage an integral part of its ‘Scaling Solar’ program, that until now has been focused purely on facilitating large-scale solar tendering, predominantly in Africa.



Hangzhou First Applied Materials provides profit shock for 2017
19 Jan 2018 at 1:30pm
Leading PV module encapsulation and backsheet material supplier Hangzhou First Applied Materials Co, formerly First Photovoltaics (PV) has reported a major collapse in its business profitability in 2017.




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Solar power for UN refugee camp in Jordan
2 Jan 2018 at 10:41am
The largest solar plant ever built in a refugee camp went live in Jordan, providing clean and much-needed additional power to 80,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Za’atari camp.

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