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China’s Power-Generating Glass to Hit the Market

After eight years of R&D, the first large-sized “power-generating glass” production line in China was kicked off on April 17, marking a stride in the development of green buildings in the nation. Situated in Shuangliu district of Chengdu City, the production line meets the world’s cutting-edge level, capable of turning …

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China’s PV installations 22% higher in first quarter 2018

China installed a total of 9.65GW of solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2018, a 22% increase over the prior year period, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). The official breakdown of installations included 7.68GW of distributed solar capacity, which increased by 217%, compared to the prior …

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IBC Solar commissions 27MW solar plant in India’s Odisha

German solar and storage firm IBC Solar has commissioned a 27MW PV project in the Indian state of Odisha. The plant near Kesinga in the District of Kalahandi was part of a 270MW PV tender floated by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in Odisha in August 2016. Non-recourse project financing was concluded …

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Australia’s NEG would ‘trash’ renewable energy pipeline

Australia’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which has been waived through for a final decision in August, would significantly harm the country’s large-scale renewables pipeline, with just 1.5GW expected to be completed by 2025 despite the current 16GW pipeline, according to the head of the country’s solar and storage council. Moreover, …

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Oxford PV taps key investors for £8.02 million in new funding

Perovskite solar cell developer Oxford Photovoltaics (PV) has undertaken a new funding round, led by key investors, Statoil and Legal & General Capital. Oxford PV said that the £8.02 million (US$11.18 million) investment was to support its ongoing commercialisation program, which takes its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology from the …

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Masdar partners with Costa Rica utility on solar, storage and smart cities

Abu Dhabi-based energy firm Masdar and state-run utility Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) have signed an MoU to share technical knowledge and project experience for renewable energy development. The agreement aims to promote collaboration in utility-scale and off-grid power generation, floating solar PV technology, smart cities technology, and battery storage. …

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TNB signs 30MW solar PPA with Majulia and Greencells

Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed a 21-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Halpro Engineering for a 30MW(AC) solar project in Pahang, Malaysia. Halpro is a special purpose company comprising of local firm Majulia and German firm Greencells, who were successful bidders in Malaysia’s Large-Scale Solar (LSS) tender. …

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