Panasonic, Tesla reveal plan to produce lithium batteries in China

Tesla’s batteries may soon be Made in China. The announcement was made by Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga during a conference accompanying the company’s 2018 fiscal-year results.

Mexico to get its first pure-play solar exhibition

Deutsche Messe, Solar Power Events and SNEIA will launch the first Solar Power Mexico show next March in Mexico City.

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U.S. scientists use hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites to increase solar cell efficiency

Research funded by the US Department of Energy and conducted by the University of Virginia has demonstrated how the rotation of organic molecules in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites may expand the lifetime of photo-excited charge carriers.

Quebec-based pension fund CDPQ provides Sunrun with $40 million

After providing Canadian rooftop solar specialist Potentia Renewables with $83 million in May, Canada’s second-largest public pension fund has now agreed to finance U.S. solar installer Sunrun with $40 million.

Dutch pension fund invests $384 million in three U.S. projects

The three projects are located in California and Nevada, and are owned by Capital Dynamics.

Falck enters the U.S. solar market

The Italian renewable energy company has acquired a 92 MW PV project in North Carolina from Canadian Solar for $43 million.

Puerto Rico plans to add 240 MW of solar by June 2019

The new PV capacity will be part of a plan to add 1.5 GW of new generation capacity and to address the state of emergency in the island’s electricity system.

Storage prices are falling faster than solar and wind

A study from the University of California and TU Munich in Germany shows that long-term R&D spending played a critical role in achieving cost reductions.

REC Silicon’s sales rise 18% in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian-American polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61 million in the latest quarter, as its Washington polysilicon facility runs at only 50% utilization due to restricted access to the Chinese market.

Elettronica Santerno secures 27 MW inverter order in Nevada

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for a large-scale PV project under development in Nevada.

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