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Kaco New Energy restructures Germany site, eyes global opportunities

Kaco inverter production.

The German inverter supplier to cut 80 jobs at its Neckarsulm HQ as part of restructuring process, some roles to be transferred to the firm’s U.S. and South Korean operations.

Hanwha SolarOne's $70 million share issue

Hanwha SolarOne manufacturing.

Chinese solar manufacturer Hanwha wants to expand its project development business in China and upgrade its manufacturing processes. Hanwha Group intends to start manufacturing polysilicon in future.

Greek PV market shrivels to just 6 MW per month

A Greek solar park.

Austerity-driven FIT cutbacks have seen PV installations in Greece plummet from the 801 MW installed in the first quarter. Figures show only 6 MW were installed in each of August and September.

German government launches €16 million organic PV R&D project

An organic solar PV cell.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will sponsor the Merck-led project into achieving further breakthroughs in the development of organic photovoltaics (OPV).

Ontario opens application window for small FIT projects

A satellite image of Ontario.

The OPA will allocate FIT payments for up to 123.5 MW of small solar projects plus 15 MW for planned arrays on yet to be constructed buildings. The procurement rules for larger projects are still being formulated.

REC panels power Cedarville University

The founders' hall at Cedarville University.

REC panels will power a 2.15 MW installation at Cedarville University. The array will provide 10% of the university's energy needs.

Punjab chief minister announces 500 MW plant

The flag of Pakistan.

Few details are released about a project deal reportedly agreed with Canada. Chief minister Sharif is also said to have announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation scheme.

Neo Solar is into profit

Neo Solar's headquarters.

Taiwanese cell maker Neo Solar has returned to profit after completing its merger with Delsolar in May. October saw the company's best revenues since March 2011.

DuPont breaks ground on 4.4 MW solar plant in France

DuPont 4.4 MW plant, Cernay, France

The project, consisting of nearly 18,000 Jinko Solar panels, will be the largest solar installation so far built on DuPont land.

ABB to construct 100 MW PV plant in Canada

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

The Zurich-based power and automation technology group has been awarded an order to build the first phase of Ontario's Grand Renewable Energy Park, valued at CAD$80 million (USD$76.8 million).

skytron energy awarded new 50 MW PV project in Romania

Romania flag.

The German energy company has already installed 65 MW of PV capacity in the country across two plants, with this latest commission taking its presence in Romania to 115 MW.

Largest PV plant in Japan goes online

70 MW Kagoshima solar plant, Kagoshima City, Japan

The 70 MW solar power plant will be run by the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation and boasts technology from German solar inverter company SMA.

India passes 2 GW mark

Gujarat solar park.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says grid-connected solar in the country has passed the 2 GW point. Wind power still dominates the sector with 19.8 GW installed.

Enel lands four successful REIPPP solar bids

A satellite image of southern Africa.

Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.

PassivSystems partner with Freetricity on Eur 55 million UK PV campaign

Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.

Thailand: Easing of residential solar requirements

The flag of Thailand.

The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.

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