Business

Solar in Australia: Large-scale solar industry takes off as 12 new plants secure finance

Australia’s large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable EnergyAgency reaching “financial close” this month. That means they are fully financed and have locked in engineering, construction and grid connection agreements, as well as council and environmental approvals. Construction has already begun […]

SolarWorld Americas Inc. maintains full operations amid Parent’s Insolvency

 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.“ Parent company SolarWorld AG and its German subsidiaries are undertaking insolvency proceedings in Germany. However, SolarWorld […]

Solar Disruption: SoftBank and Foxconn Bring India Some of World’s Cheapest Solar

Government auction sees bids below 4 cents a kilowatt-hour Offers to build solar farms help Modi reach clean energy goals Companies led by SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan and Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. are bringing India some of the cheapest solar power in the world, helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi reach his ambitious clean-energy goals. In two auctions […]

Solar & Cleantech in Africa: Challenges to Overcome – Jesper Hörnberg, Co-Funder of GIVEWATTS

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we spoke to Jesper Hörnberg, Senior advisor, entrepreneur, business angel & speaker, Co-Funder of GIVEWATTS. Jesper is definitively one of The Solar Pioneers in Africa, and we were truly glad […]

Canadian Solar Announces Investment in eNow Solar-Based Power Management for Commercial Transportation

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that the company has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry. Canadian Solar is now a 10% shareholder of eNow. The investment will accelerate the expansion and growth […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY & Solar Business Club Leaders at BYD Dynasty Launch, SNEC 2017 & FORUM ASIA 2017 in Shanghai, China

“SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA” was held from 18 to 20 April 2017 in Shanghai, China on the occasion of  SNEC 2017 – 11th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition. The Forum brought together Chinese and Asian solar and cleantech industries as well as notable policy-makers, personalities, business leaders and investors with its international peers and featured  “Black-Tie Gala Asia Celebration” held in the House […]

Solar in Africa & Middle East – Everybody needs at little bit more of understanding – Vas Shenoy, CEO at Elf Energy

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we spoke to Vas Shenoy, CEO at Elf Energy, who gave us an excellent overview on how the real solar business in Africa & Middle East works.

Africa in the Scope of G7 Energy Ministerial & Making Italy Sunny Again! – Exclusive talk to Carlo Calenda, Minister for Economic Development, Italy

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we had an exclusive opportunity to speak to Carlo Calenda, Minister for Economic Development of Italy about the importance of Africa in the G7 Energy Ministerial as well […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]