US Department of Energy commissions MIT research on declining cost of solar

The US Department of Energy has commissioned the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research to understand why the cost of solar has decreased so dramatically in the past decades and how this trend can continue in the future.


Turkey plans world’s largest PV plant

Turkey is preparing to boost its renewable energy generation capacity. Plans to hold a tender for the construction of what is said to be the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant were recently announced by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Berat Albayrak. The 1 GW solar farm will be built in Konya, in central Anatolia.


4 MW solar carports for Weeze Airport opened

Photovoltaic carport system with modules by Trina Solar at the Weeze Airport. (Gottfried Evers / Trina Solar)

15,296 solar modules manufactured by Trina Solar have been installed on 66 carports at the Weeze Airport in Germany. The planning and construction phase for the project, managed by EEPro, were completed within four weeks each.


Three quarters of British public support onshore wind (and even more solar)

A new poll published today revealed that the vast majority of the British public (83%) supports solar farms and almost three-quarters (73 %) is in favour of onshore wind.


Over 400 European companies demand end of trade barriers on solar products from China

More than 400 European companies have written to the European Commission calling for an end to EU trade barriers on solar products from China.


In rainy UK, solar generates more electricity than coal

Share of UK generation from solar and coal (Graph:

The UK has reached a new milestone in solar power generation. In the past six months, solar panels produced more electricity that coal, according to data published by the Carbon Brief, a website covering climate change and energy policies.


Batteries to turn cost of integrating solar in UK power system into benefit by 2030

A business association has calculated the cost of integrating solar into the UK power system in 2030, when 11 % of electricity is expected to come from the sun. The Solar Trade Association says that with batteries, by that date the cost could be turned into a net benefit of 3.70 GBP per MWh.