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U.S. utility-scale solar increasingly driven by economics, not mandates

GTM Research's latest report predicts that more than half the utility-scale solar installed in the United States this year will be outside of RPS requirements.

Solar stocks rally following tax advantage news

Germany Karlstadt Laudenbach 810 k W Thin film solar photovoltaic

Solar stocks in New York rallied this month on the back of news that a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress would provide solar companies with a tax advantage enjoyed to date only by fossil fuel producers. The sector also...

Suntech troubles hit poly supplier OCI


South Korean polysilicon manufacturer OCI has been dragged into the Suntech maelstrom thanks to an overreliance on the ailing Chinese cell and module manufacturer.

UK: 11 MW PV plant gets green light

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British Solar Renewables has secured planning permission for an 11 MW photovoltaic farm in St. Allen, Truro, in the south west of England.

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EU sees renewables increase

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According to the latest figures from Eurostat, renewable energy covered 13% of the European Union’s energy consumption in 2011.

Hanergy goes downstream

A solar powered laptop charger.

Chinese solar cell and module manufacturer Hanergy Solar has announced a concerted effort to break into downstream power generation with the launch of its Hanergy Global Solar Power and Applications Group.

Germany: First meeting of the Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance

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Over 100 scientists are meeting in Germany’s capital today to discuss the interim results of their research and development projects, funded by the Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance. The goal is solar power cost reductions.

EC confirms solar glass anti-subsidy investigation

Solar glass

The European Commission (EC) has officially launched an anti-subsidy investigation into imports of solar glass from China to the EU. While a final determination could take up to 13 months, provisional duties may be applied within...

Indonesia: 36 new solar plants planned for 2013

The Indonesian government is planning to develop 36 new solar plants across the country this year, according to local media. A higher budget has also been allocated for solar development.

Partnership to see 100 MW of PV capacity added in Puerto Rico

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U.S. wealth management company Greenbriar Capital Corp. and Canadian renewable energy firm Alterra Power Corp. have partnered to develop 100 MW of solar generation capacity in Puerto Rico.

Power-to-gas platform established in Europe

Eleven European companies have established the North Sea Power to Gas Platform, a joint body to explore the viability of power-to-gas in the countries surrounding the North Sea area. With this platform, the companies aim to...

Major construction work begins on 579 MW Antelope Valley PV projects

Antelope Valley Solar photovoltaic Project 579 MW

SunPower Corp. and recent investor MidAmerican Solar have announced the start of major construction work at their 579 MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects in California, the U.S. Work should be complete by the end of 2015.

Spain: PV sector did not increase 2012 tariff deficit

Spain solar photovoltaic plant

The PV sector did not cause Spain's power tariff deficit to increase to its record level in 2012, according to the country’s National Energy Commission (CNE).

International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance established

An alliance has been established to support and facilitate collaboration between solar, electrical energy storage and smart grid technologies companies.

US: Providing a level playing field for renewables

U.S. Senators have decided to level the playing field for renewable energy sources by providing investors in renewable energy projects access to private capital that has, for decades, only been available to fossil-fuel project...

LDK sells 25 million shares to Fulai in second agreement

LDK Solar branding

In a second share purchase agreement, LDK Solar has announced it will sell 25 million newly issued ordinary shares to Fulai Investments Limited for US$25.7 million.

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