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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Clean Power Lives On Even as Trump Ends Obama ‘Clean Power Plan’

Wind, solar forecast to boom even without Clean Power Plan Economics and tax credits are key drivers for renewables President Donald Trump’s long-expected executive order to roll back climate change regulations is drawing cheers from fossil-fuel producers and howls from environmentalists. The reaction from clean-energy companies? While repealing the Clean Power Plan is deeply symbolic, the move […]

Fraunhofer ISE tops 31.3 % efficiency record for a new type of solar PV cell in only a couple of months

In November 2016, Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) reached a record efficiency for a triple-junction solar cell made of III-V and silicon material.  Now, in the short amount of time, the researchers in Freiburg have surpassed their own record. Their newest result boasts an efficiency of 31.3 percent for a fully integrated silicon-based multi-junction solar cell.  […]

Brookfield Finds Solar ‘Entry Point’ After SunEdison’s Collapse

Operates 10,700 megawatts of clean power with almost no solar Small hydropower plants make up bulk of Brookfield portfolio Brookfield Asset Management Inc., one of the biggest owners of hydropower, is about to make its first major move into solar power. Canada’s largest alternative asset manager has about 10,700 megawatts of clean-energy plants around the world, […]