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Latin America: A PV opportunity in 2013

A solar plant in Brazil.

With 8.4 GW of new solar projects announced in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 12 months, market research provider GTM Research is predicting that 450 MW of new grid connected capacity will come online this year.

Approval for 2 PV plants in Ecuador

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Atlantic Wind & Solar and Atlantic Energy Ecuador have received approval from the National Electricity Council of Ecuador (CONELEC) for the installation of two photovoltaic plants worth 58.43 MW.

US makes $12m available for solar cell research

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As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's ongoing attempts to reach the theoretical maximum efficiency of solar cells, the department's SunShot initiative is making available another US$12 million of funding.

New PV panel plant commissioned in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa

A new photovoltaic panel manufacturing plant with annual capacity of 20 MW has been completed in Ethiopia.

Global smart grid investment to double by 2018

Smart metering.

Global smart grid investment grew 7% in 2012 to US$13.9 billion, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

EU electric vehicles plan could lift solar sector

The Tesla electric supercar could be powered by solar.

The European Union could be poised to give its ailing solar sector a welcome shot in the arm in the form of its proposed clean fuel strategy.

PV installations up in 2013 as revenues fall

A solar installation in South Africa.

There were mixed messages in the latest solar white paper from market research company IHS iSuppli, with predictions that a rise in global installations in 2013 will go hand-in-hand with falling revenues.

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