The results of Mexico’s first clean energy auction were even better than expected, with an exponential increase in solar in the country forecasted this year as a result. The awarded capacity is scheduled to be put to good use, with big winners releasing details of projects earlier this week.
German-based trade association VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment said that manufacturing equipment orders received by around 100 members increased by 86% in the fourth quarter of 2015, marking a major rebound in purchase orders.
Indian state-owned power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been advised to step up its activities in solar energy by minister of heavy industries and public enterprises Anant Geete.
Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and infrastructure manager Palisade Investment Partners have announced a new strategy to attract investors at an early stage of renewable energy project development.
Nanoelectronics research center imec and kerfless epitaxial wafer start-up, Crystal Solar have demonstrated a homojunction solar cell with a record 22.5% conversion efficiency said to pave the way to low-cost solar wafer commercialisation.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing AU$17 million (US$13 million) funding for nine renewable energy research and development projects looking at energy storage and solar PV among other technologies.
Yesterday the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Energy Power Association, released the 2015 top 10 utility solar winners at the educational nonprofit’s annual Utility Solar Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Industry-watchers, environmental groups and think tanks have commented on news this morning that the biggest coal mining company in the US, Peabody Energy, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing downturn in the coal industry as a major factor.
Domestic developers triumphed in Karnataka’s 500MW solar auction, maintaining the market’s fiercely competitive tariff levels with winning bids between INR4.78-4.8/kWh (US$0.072) for capacity in the Pavagada Solar Park in Tumkur District.