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Heraeus and Tongwei team on next-gen solar cell material development
25 Jul 2017 at 5:48pm
Major metallization paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics has extended its supplier status with major China-based integrated PV module manufacturer, Tongwei Solar to collaborate on next-generation high-efficiency wafer and solar technologies.

China warns against Indian ‘abuse of trade remedy measures’ on solar
25 Jul 2017 at 4:42pm
China has responded to India’s initiation of an anti-dumping investigation relating to solar cells and module imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia, by labelling it an “abuse of trade remedy measures”, but also by seeking to cooperate in resolving the trade issue.

Yicheng New Energy closing wire saw operations as solar industry move to diamond wire
25 Jul 2017 at 1:42pm
China-based crystalline silicon cutting materials specialist Henan Yicheng New Energy Co (HYNE) said it was closing down its slurry-based wire saw manufacturing operations, due to the shift to diamond wire technology by its customer base. The company is shifting to solar cell production instead.

Tata Power Solar completes India’s largest solar carport at Keralan airport
25 Jul 2017 at 1:36pm
Indian integrated solar firm Tata Power Solar has commissioned 2.67MW of grid-connected solar carports at Cochin International Airport in Kerala, which became the world’s first fully solar-powered airport in August 2015.

IFC works with Sri Lanka’s largest private bank to boost green financing
25 Jul 2017 at 12:45pm
IFC is partnering with the Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC) to help the Sri Lankan bank invest more in local companies focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

BayWa r.e.’s first Australian solar plant sold to Lighthouse Infrastructure
25 Jul 2017 at 12:43pm
Renewable energy developer, BayWa r.e. has sold its first Australian solar project, a 20MW utility-scale plant still under construction, to investment company Lighthouse Infrastructure.

Hanergy back planning CIGS thin-film production plant – report
25 Jul 2017 at 12:37pm
According to the Financial Times, Hanergy Holding Group plans to build a 300MW CIGS thin-film production plant in partnership with the local government Datong City and Datong Coal Mine Group as part of a wider initiative on developing a solar industry development cluster.

Separate solar RPO queried by Indian minister
25 Jul 2017 at 12:08pm
India may soon review its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mechanism to give targets more suited to the environment of each state and offer more flexibility, according to energy minister Piyush Goyal.

JinkoSolar to supply 30MW of PV modules for two solar projects in Virginia
25 Jul 2017 at 1:45am
Leading 'Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has announced a 30MW supply deal for two solar projects in Virginia to Hecate Energy — a leading developer, owner, and operator of power plants in North America.

Work starts on 30MW project in Iran
24 Jul 2017 at 1:18pm
The Iranian minister of energy was on hand to officially commence construction of a 30MW project in the country’s North Khorasan Province.

Indian 500MW government rooftop auction draws lowest price of 2.20 rupees
24 Jul 2017 at 12:34pm
The lowest tariff in Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) 500MW tender for rooftop solar on government buildings was INR2.20/kWh (US$0.034), according to a release of tentative prices.

Off-grid solar reduces diesel reliance at 10 Australian indigenous communities
24 Jul 2017 at 12:15pm
Ten indigenous communities in Australia are set to be powered by hybrid solar PV and diesel systems in the first phase of an AU$55 million (US$43.8 million) project.

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Senec grows in Italy
25 Jul 2017 at 3:56pm
Senec, Energy-Storage-Producer from Leipzig (Germany), opened its own site in Bari and established a company with Senec Italia.

BayWa r.e. sold PV Power Plant to Lighthouse
25 Jul 2017 at 2:44pm
BayWa r.e. sold its 20MW PV power plant Hughenden to the Australian infrastructure and investment specialist Lighthouse Infrastructure.

UK: STA response to Government announcements on energy storage
24 Jul 2017 at 7:39pm
The Solar Trade Association STA welcomes the announcement of battery storage and reviews to the rules making it easier for homes and businesses to install the technology alongside PV panels.

OG&E and SunPower Announce 10-Megawatt Solar Plant
21 Jul 2017 at 10:56am
OGE Energy Corp. electric utility subsidiary Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) and SunPower Corp. have signed a contract to build a 10-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant in Covington, Oklahoma.

SolarReserve receives Environmental Approval for 390-MW-Power-Station
20 Jul 2017 at 10:52am
SolarReserve has now received the environmental approval for a 390 MW solar thermal power station including 5,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage in Chile.

Hive Energy granted planning permission to develop 40MW subsidy free Hampshire solar park
20 Jul 2017 at 9:52am
Hive Energy have confirmed plans to create a subsidy free 40MW solar park on 72 hectares of land at Woodington Farm near Romsey.

Mobisol secures additional substantial senior loan facility from Finnfund
18 Jul 2017 at 11:18am
Mobisol has strengthened its capital base by an additional substantial senior loan facility from Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.), following an already provided senior loan in 2016 to Mobisol’s operations in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.

Rooftop concentrating photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing
18 Jul 2017 at 10:57am
A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

New Platform for E-Mobility
17 Jul 2017 at 4:54pm
Power2Drive, the new exhibition for e-mobility and charging technology will celebrate its debut from June 20–22, 2018 in Munich.

SolarWorld Americas expects immediate infusion of cash to lift up U.S. operations
14 Jul 2017 at 11:36am
SolarWorld Americas Inc. announced that it expects a double-digit-million-dollar infusion of cash to enable the company to stabilize and optimize operations through 2017 and beyond.

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