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Investors ready US$20 Million for off-grid solar projects in the energy-stricken Philippines

The Philippines is desperately hungry for rooftop solar PV as it seeks to alleviate itself of energy poverty. Pathways are finally opening up for the vast Southeast Asian nation with investors readying US$20 million to fund four new renewable projects.

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Ginlong’s strongest-ever quarter confirms shift in global inverter market

Chinese string inverter maker Ginlong has reported its best-ever quarterly revenue. The record highlights the shift in the global inverter market since Beijing’s U-turn on solar subsidies pushed Chinese companies abroad.

Another 5 GW of module capacity for the Longi juggernaut

The mono giant has announced the latest aspect of a strategy to massively increase production capacity which is currently set to cost around $3.32 billion. Longi last week issued $710 million of new convertible bonds for investors.

UNSW pioneer continuing to push solar ahead

Professor Chee Mun Chong is at the forefront of advanced hydrogenation, effectively doping solar cells with hydrogen to eliminate defects and build efficiency.

Meet the Aussie startup delivering solar minigrids to remote communities from a ping-pong table

Meet Afnan Hannan, CEO and co-founder of Okra Solar, an Aussie startup looking to eradicate energy poverty using solar minigrids that has already been recognised with a global sustainability award and a best IoT startup award.

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Carbon nanotubes provide a boost to perovskite solar

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a carbon nanotube which forms a strong junction with a lead-halide perovskite, improving performance and stability.

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Yingli in talks with creditors over break up

The Chinese solar manufacturer today admitted it is in talks with its lenders and strategic investors about a break up of the company after its 2018 annual accounts revealed an apparently unserviceable debt pile. Any strategic investor is likely to constitute a Chinese state-backed bail-out.

AC Energy and UPC Solar form new JV for Asia Pacific

The joint venture company targets the construction of over 1 GW portfolio in the next few years, with an initial focus on India, South Korea and Taiwan.

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REC to launch Alpha Series in Australia

The Norwegian solar manufacturer is planning to debut its Alpha Series heterojunction (HJT) modules at next week’s All-Energy event in Melbourne. Touted as the world’s highest power 60-cell solar panels, the new series promises over 20% more energy production than other modules with the same footprint and added value for home owners.

Lyon Group and China Huadian join forces in the war on curtailment

Solar infrastructure developer Lyon Group has strengthened its ties in the Asian markets through a significant joint-venture with two of Asia’s largest energy generators. The agreement will see integrated battery storage systems utilised to reduce the risk of curtailment and increase the flexibility of renewable energy plants.

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