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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) published their latest installation figures, confirming that over 8GW of solar energy has cumulatively been installed in India, with the largest contributing states being Rajasthan (1,295MW), Tamil Nadu (1,267MW) and Gujarat (1,123MW).
An unpublished report the UK government provides calculations that sets large scale solar costs at around GBP 50-75 / MWh by 2025, versus the GBP 85-125 / MWh picture of nuclear by that time. Projections show that, throughout its lifetime, the Hinkley plant is likely to cost British taxpayers close to £30 billion in subsidies; a hard sell towards a solar sector that has been repeatedly told by the government to "stand on its own two feet" and was faced with severe cuts to support schemes.
According to GTM's Utility PV Market Tracker, over 10GW of utility-scale solar PV projects are currently under construction in the USA. A remarkable feat, considering it was only 3 years ago that the US market even reached a cumulative installed capacity of 10GW.
With the continued absence of a bidder to take up all assets of bankrupt solar company SunEdison, it seems like a process has started which will see their assets being sold of in smaller chunks. The first company to have their bid accepted is NRG, who have closed a purchase and sale agreement for 2.1GW of SunEdison's solar and wind projects for a sum of $188m.
Following up on Elon Musk's hint towards Tesla/SolarCity providing fully integrated solar-roofs, SolarCity CTO Peter Rive confirmed that the Buffalo factory will be operational sooner than expected and will produce an innovative BIPV-solution.