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Solar in USA: Southern California Edison named No. 1 solar utility in the U.S. for second year in a row

Southern California Edison (SCE, Rosemead, CA, US) delivered more solar power to its customers in 2016 than any other utility in the United States, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). SCE connected 1,648 MW of solar power generation capacity to the grid last year through new and expanded residential and commercial […]

Solar Disruption Became Reality: At least 303 GW of solar PV are now installed world-wide according to IEA PVPS

The International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS, Paris, France) published its new Snapshot report on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. This serves as a preliminary assessment prior to the PVPS Trends Report that will be published in Q3 2017.  This report provides estimated data about photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the countries reporting to […]

Saudi Arabia Sees 7,000 Jobs Coming From Solar Program by 2020

Three tenders scheduled for 3.45 gigawatts of photovoltaics Aim is to cut domestic use of crude, diesel and fuel oil Saudi Arabia is hoping its solar-power program will generate 7,000 jobs and build a local manufacturing industry that can export products to the world, reducing domestic demand for its crude oil in the process. The Ministry […]

ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project

Bids due in September, award may be in November: ACWA’s Nanda Projects also expected from Oman, Jordan, Dubai this year ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use. Riyadh-based ACWA received a request for proposals last week […]

Clean Disruption News: BMW Is Trying to Scare Staff Into Loving Electric Cars

The erstwhile pioneer has lost ground in battery-powered cars “We’re either part of this shift or it goes on without us” Inside a bright auditorium at an abandoned airfield near Munich, rows of men and women gaze at images flashing by on a giant screen: a Mercedes sedan; Porsche and Jaguar SUVs; the face of […]

20,000 schools to install rooftop solar in Pakistan

The government of Pakistan’s second largest province – Punjab – has affirmed its commitment to the installation of rooftop solar power systems on around 20,000 schools.  Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, recently reviewed the progress of the government-backed Khadam-e-Punjab Ujala Programme which aims to install rooftop solar arrays on schools, health centres and higher education […]

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

World’s biggest exporter of crude seeks to wean itself off oil Government to tender for 400 megawatts of wind in 4th quarter Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption. The world’s […]

Tesla Prepays Solar Bonds, But Not to Musk or Rives

Musk, Rive brothers were major holders of SolarCity bonds Company terminated three series of solar bonds early Tesla Inc. paid off some solar bonds early, except to three key investors — its chairman and the co-founders of SolarCity, according to a person familiar with the matter. While Tesla repaid $19.7 million, plus $1.2 million in full […]

Clean Disruption: German utility E.ON offers UK households solar panels with battery storage

German utility E.ON launched a combined solar panel and battery storage product for British customers which could cut rising electricity bills by 50 percent, it said on Wednesday. Britain’s energy providers are under pressure from the government to help customers find ways to reduce bills after five of the country’s big six suppliers, including E.ON […]

Solar in Australia: Aussie solar PV technology on track to enter global power market

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. The Australian Government, through ARENA has committed USD 2.1 million of recoupable funding […]

ENGIE enters solar PV business in China

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. ENGIE aims to support UNISUN in the field of photovoltaic business’ development, […]

India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power, Minister Says

Quotes 3.15 rupees/unit to win 250 megawatts in federal bids Tariff beats February’s record of 3.30 rupees a unit The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 megawatts. Power […]

Solar in Europe: German Solar Business Climate Rises Most Since 2010, Survey Says

Germany’s solar industry’s business climate improved the most this decade as consumers increase purchases of cheaper rooftop systems and batteries, a quarterly survey shows.   The BSW solar industry’s business climate index rose in the first quarter to the highest since 2010 in a sign that companies are confident of boosting sales this year, the Berlin-based group […]

Clean Disruption News: China solar, wind to attract $780 billion investment by 2030

China’s wind and solar sectors could attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($782 billion) in investment between 2016 and 2030 as the country tries to meet its renewable energy targets, according to a research report published on Tuesday.  China has pledged to increase non-fossil fuel energy to at least 20 percent of total consumption […]

Buffett-Backed BYD Seeks Tesla-Like Buzz for Its Dynasty Cars

BYD makes boosting brand appeal top priority in next 2-3 years Carmaker names Yuan SUV after successors to Mongol Empire BYD Co. showed off its latest compact SUV model in a lights-and-dance show in Beijing on Monday, as China’s largest electric-car maker seeks to replicate Tesla Motors Inc.-like buzz to compete in a crowded market. The […]

Solar in LATAM: Solarcentury acquires PV projects totaling 400 MW

Four new solar industry professionals have joined Solarcentury’s (London, UK) Latin American business, from private equity investor ECOSolar. Enhancing the LatAm team strengthens Solarcentury’s ambition to become the leading developer in the region.  The 400MW of utility-scale pipeline acquired from ECOSolar includes solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are a mix of ready to build and […]

Solar in Middle East: Saudis to Seek Bids for 700-Megawatt Wind and Solar Projects

Energy Ministry qualifies 51 companies to bid for power plants First Solar, renewables unit of EDF among qualified companies Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Encourages Spain, Portugal to Invest in Solar

German Chancellor Angela Merkel encouraged Spain and Portugal to invest more in solar energy and said they need a better link to France amid a push for a unified European power grid. “The connection between France and the Iberian peninsula is a huge problem,” Merkel said Saturday in her weekly podcast. “These are, for example, […]

Solar in LATAM: BYD launches R$150 million solar panel factory in Brazil

Renewable energy technology company BYD has launched a solar panel factory in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, the country’s first zero ecosystem project. With an initial investment of R$150 million, the plant will have a production capacity of 200 megawatts and generate 360 jobs. BYD Brazil’s solar panels contain the exclusive state-of-the-art technology Double […]

Waiting for grid to arrive, Myanmar villages switch on solar

For generations, residents of this farming village in central Myanmar had a set rhythm to their day – waking up with the sunrise and going to sleep after dark. Diesel generators and batteries were for the privileged few, while the candles used by most were a fire hazard for thatch and bamboo houses.  On a […]

Moving The World Together – Solar Business Club’s Leaders Michael Bellmer & Matthias Altieri at WFES 2017 in Abu Dhabi

After a very successful Kick-Off Gala of  “SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY, the WORLD Solar & Cleantech Influencers FORUM” and Kick-Off Breakfast Meeting of the Solar Business Club, H2H (Human To Human) Network of Trusted Solar & Cleantech Industry Leaders that took place at WFES 2017 in Abu Dhabi, we spoke with two leaders of  Solar Business Club about the rationals behind creation of […]

Photovoltaic modules complement diesel generators in trucks

Can diesel fuel be replaced by sun radiation? The answer is yes – at least to a certain extend and in certain applications. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has analyzed feasibility for such a substitution.  The enormous cost reductions in photovoltaic modules make the use of solar energy in the mobility […]

Solar in LATAM: Enel Green Power starts construction of the 238 MW Don José solar PV project in Mexico

Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy), through its Mexican renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power México (EGPM), has begun construction of Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country’s North-Central state of Guanajuato.  Don José will have an installed capacity of 238 MW and once completed […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Revolution in the Japanese electricity system – Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development, BYD

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development at BYD about the company’s expansion in Japan. According to Bin Guo, we experience true revolution in the Japanese electricity system, where owners of solar power […]

Clean Disruptor Arturo Herrero: From driving Trina & JinkoSolar to The Top to e-mobility!

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to Arturo Herrero, Founder & CEO of AlterPower AG, one of Solar Pioneers & solar business practitioner with over 16 years of solar experience on Top Executive Positions at JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and BP Solar, who is now driving not […]

Clean Disruption News: Tesla’s Market Cap Surpasses Ford

Bloomberg’s David Welch discusses Tesla’s market cap surge as deliveries exceeded analysts’ estimates. He speaks with Vonnie Quinn on “Bloomberg Markets.” VIDEO courtesy Bloomberg

Introduction to The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A)

This video introduces opened in July 2016, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an international organization that supports governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. BACKGROUND Following the signing-off of the historic agreement on sustainable development during the […]

Cleantech Disruption: Company That Offered Cheapest Solar Sees Prices Falling More

Solarpack offered record low price in Chile auction in August ‘None of the fundamentals have changed’ in market since then The company that sold solar power at a record low in Chile in August sees prices going down even more at the country’s next energy auction in October. “There is an enormous amount of competition in this […]

Modi’s Aim to Spread Solar to Poorer Nations Wins IEA Support

Solar Alliance aimed at countries clustered around Equator IEA will encourage financing for more solar projects The International Energy Agency will help support Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to spread solar power to more developing nations, especially those clustered around the Equator. Fatih Birol, executive director of the Paris-based agency that oversees energy policy in industrial nations, […]

In New York, neighbors trading solar energy electrify community

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A quiet energy revolution is taking place in the homes that light up in the evening in the New York City neighborhoods of Gowanus Canal and Park Slope.  It isn’t just power plant electricity that keeps this community lit at night, but also energy generated by neighbors across the […]