Tesla and Panasonic agree on manufacturing cells and modules in 2017

Tesla and Panasonic agree to start PV production in Buffalo in 2017 (Photo: iStock)

Tesla and Panasonic agree to begin the manufacturing of photovoltaic cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, NY. The high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used for solar panels in non-solar roof products. Production of the first PV modules will begin in summer 2017, and will ramp to 1 GW of module production by 2019.


Prairie Gold Completes 1 MW plant in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico 80% of the islands electricity is generated by burning oil but an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. (Photo: Stion)

In the Caribbean electricity can be unreliable and costly. For this reason an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. In Puerto Rico for example Prairie Gold installed a 1 MW PV plant for the mining company Ecologica Carmelo.


500 MW solar power plants are to be built in Nigeria

Nigus Investments in cooperation with German renewable solutions provider LTI ReEnergy and support of NIPC have concluded plans with the Federal Government to build five 100 MW solar power plants in North-Eastern states of Nigeria.


U.S. Solar Market: One MW every 32 minutes

The United States just broke its PV installation record again. Driven by the utility-scale sector there have been 4,143 MW installed. That means an increase of 99 % over the second quarter and 191 % over Q3 2015.


UK's Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK to share offices

Sun and wind join forces in UK (Photo: iStock)

Great Britain’s Solar Trade Association has signed an agreement to lease part of RenewableUK’s offices. The move has practical benefits for both separate organisations and their different memberships. But it is also hoped that the creation of this “renewables hub” in London will foster a healthy exchange of ideas on the key strategic issues that are facing the energy sector as a whole, and the renewables industry in particular.


East Africa’s largest PV plant starts operations

Aerial view of East Africa's largest PV power plant in Uganda (Photo: Access Power)

East Africa’s largest photovoltaics power plant has started operations. The plant has an installed capacity of 10 MW and is the first grid connected solar power plant in Uganda. The US$19 million Soroti Solar Plant will generate clean, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in eastern Central Uganda.


Oxford PV attracts a further £ 8.1m funding

Oxford PV announced on 6th December a further equity investment. The sum of £ 8.1 million is adding to the £ 8.7 million first closing investment announced on 18th October 2016. The company calls itself a pioneer, introducing Perovskite to the solar industry.