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President Obama unveils 75,000 solar job initiative

President Barack Obama.

Over the Easter break U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers by 2020. The Solar Ready Vets program was launched at 10 military bases on Friday.

Rajasthan announces bid dates for projects under its solar policy

Rooftop solar installation in India.

On April 19 of this year, Rajasthan finalized its Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy 2011. It targets a minimum of 550 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar power in Phase 1 (up to 2013).

France’s biggest PV power plant one step closer

A view from a rural property in Curbans.

A 33 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant, in Curbans, France is one step closer to completion with Spanish mounting system manufacturer Grupo Clavijo finishing its stage of the installation.

Phoenix Solar selected as EPC contractor for two French solar plants

Solar panels at a Phoenix Solar field during a cloudy day.

Phoenix Solar has been selected to build two photovoltaic power plants in France, with a combined capacity of 24 megawatts (MW). Construction on the plants is scheduled to begin in a matter of weeks.

Peterborough council begins rooftop solar ahead of FIT deadline

A picture of the Peterborough Cathedral.

As the July feed-in tariff (FIT) deadline for U.K. photovoltaic installations looms, the cathedral city of Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire 120 kilometers north of London, has gone ahead with a scheme to install 1.5 megawatts of...

Alternative Power Exhibition brings solar to Nigeria

The Alternative Energies Exhibition in Nigeria.

A display of photovoltaic systems and components attracts industry, government and hundreds of visitors. Initial costs seen as the major impediment to more widespread application.

Multi-purpose solar power shelter developed in Japan

The Eco Shell bus shelter incorporating photovoltaic modules.

As energy reduction and renewable electricity initiatives continue to capture the public’s imagination in Post-Fukushima Japan, Sekisui Jushi Corporation (SJC) and Kyocera Solar Corporation have announced the co-development of...

US Ex-Im Bank hits $500 million in Indian solar loans

An Indian train crossing.

The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States has announced two new loans for Indian photovoltaic projects totaling $25 million. This is in addition to $75 million in solar transactions in the financial year 2011...

SolarCity moves into active Hawaiian market

A solar installation by SolarCity.

Full-service photovoltaic provider SolarCity has made strong moves into the Hawaiian market launching a residential installation program and beginning construction on rooftop installations to power 2000 homes.

US: Online campaign to drive solar interstate

Californian flag

While recent figures show that the vast majority of photovoltaic installations in the U.S. remain in states with existing solar economies and feed in tariff schemes, a new online campaign hopes to raise awareness amongst...

GSE publishes register of Italian FIT installations

A picture of a larger scale solar project in Italy.

The Italian utility network authority has published a list of the photovoltaic installations that qualify for governmental solar subsidies this year. However, the prerequisite is that they are connected to the grid in time.

Suntech unveils high-efficiency module for Israel

One of the new Suntech photovoltaic module.

The Suntech 300W Vd series photovoltaic module has been released for the Israeli market. Suntech claims the multicrystalline module achieves an efficiency of up to 15.5 percent.

Report finds strong growth in US solar industry

A photovoltaic installation being installed onto a rooftop.

While in many parts of the world the photovoltaic and wider solar industry has had a rocky ride in 2011, in the U.S. it remains one of the strongest growing industries. As the market matures, declining module prices and...

China Sunergy takes another step into US market

Mayor Ed Lee at the Intersolar North America podium.

Chinese manufactures of photovoltaic crystalline silicon cells and modules, China Sunergy, has opened its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco.

P2 Solar to install 7.3 MW Bulgarian PV project

Bulgarian flag

U.S.-basedP2 Solar has said it will install a 7.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Bulgaria. When complete., it is expected to achieve a 20 year gross revenue of USD$76.5 million.

US: Siemens to work on 20 MW Idaho solar field

Welcome to Idaho road sign

Siemens has announced it will be supplying the equipment for the 20 megawatt (MW) Murphy Flats solar field, located in Idaho, the U.S.

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