Amazon announces plans for 45 MW of solar

The e-commerce group will invest an undisclosed sum in a 45 MW solar array in the U.S. state of Virginia. It also plans to invest in a 23.2 MW wind farm in Ireland.

REC Silicon scraps stock placement as WA plant teeters on edge of shutdown

Stock in the polysilicon manufacturer appeared to be recovering in early trading on the Oslo exchange this morning after it cancelled plans for a private placement of as many as 50 million shares.

EVs may account for more than half of global car sales by 2040: BNEF

Electric vehicles could account for more than half of all passenger cars and buses sold throughout the world within the next two decades, according to a new report by BloombergNEF. Sliding lithium-ion battery costs will make EVs cheaper than vehicles based on internal combustion engines by the mid- to late-2020s, the research firm says.

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NEXTracker maintains dominance of global tracker market

The global market for solar trackers expanded by 20% in 2018, with total international shipments spiking 36% year-on-year to surpass the 20 GW mark, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie. NEXTracker and Array Technologies maintained their industry dominance, but a number of smaller competitors claimed a greater share of the global market in the 12 months to the end of December than ever before.

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LCOE for li-ion batteries has fallen to $187/MWh — BNEF

Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly posing a competitive threat to coal- and gas-fired generating plants when paired with solar and wind projects in a number of markets throughout the world, without the need for subsidies, according to new research by BloombergNEF (BNEF).

Vietnam files WTO complaint over US solar tariffs

Vietnamese authorities have submitted a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to request formal consultations with Washington over its recently announced 30% tariff on crystalline silicon PV imports.

Solar to lead global renewables growth for next five years — KPMG

Solar is set to grow more in terms of capacity than any other clean-energy technology over the next half decade, according to a new report. Battery storage will play a crucial role in this as well.

JA Solar to go private

JA Solar has signed an agreement to cancel its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange and go private in an all-cash transaction.

Toshiba claims record efficiency with film-based perovskite solar mini-modules

Japan’s Toshiba has fabricated a perovskite solar cell mini-module with an energy conversion rate of 10.5%, which it claims is now the highest rate that has been reached throughout the world with a multi-cell mini-module.

Solar Frontier sells 28 MW to Capital Dynamics

The U.S. subsidiary of Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier has sold off 28 MW of solar capacity to a unit of Swiss asset manager and renewables investor Capital Dynamics.

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