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US: 440 MW of PV approved under Western Solar Plan

Three solar PV projects worth 400 MW have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under its Western Solar Plan. Up to 1,900 construction jobs are expected to be created.

PV tracker system revival to boost BoS revenue growth

IMS Research photovoltaic BoS 2012 graph

New research has found that although balance of systems (BoS) revenues are forecast to fall in 2012 due to price erosion, they will increase over the next four years to hit US$24 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, tracking systems are...

Germany unveils radical new FIT strategy

Norbet Röttgen

As was reported yesterday, Germany’s politicians have made some serious changes to the country’s pioneering feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. Specifically, a one-off cut will be applied in March, monthly tariff reductions will begin...

Germany plans PV cuts of over 30 percent


According to initial media reports, Germany’s politicians want to implement sharp cuts, earlier than scheduled, to its photovoltaic subsidies. Furthermore, the guaranteed tariff should be limited at 90 percent. The ministers...

JinkoSolar opens module testing lab

Solar photovoltaic park with JinkoSolar modules

China-based JinkoSolar has opened a "cutting edge" photovoltaic module testing laboratory in China’s Jiangxi. The manufacturer aims to conduct test programs independently.

UK firm expands pay-as-you-go solar

An organic pv module.

Cambridge-based Eight19 today expanded its pay-as-you-go solar system into the world’s youngest country, Sudan. The company hopes to deploy 1,000 of its solar module, battery, light and phone charging systems to rural villages in...

Poor PV demand and declining European share set to continue into 2012

Germany solar photovoltaic park by Conergy

Analysts at Jefferies have painted a poor picture for photovoltaic demand during the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, and "very real … demand concerns" for the whole year. Overall, they expect European and global demand to fall by 42...

First Solar resolves AVSR permit issue

Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County, US

The permitting issue with the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 (AVSR) photovoltaic project has finally been resolved, meaning U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) financing can go ahead.

7.5 MW PV plant in Thailand online

7.5 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Thailand

Work has been completed on a 7.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park, located in Thailand’s Dan Khun Thot district, in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Germany: New PV leasing startup aims to "make solar simple"

Rooftop solar photovoltaic general image

Following in the footsteps of companies like California-based SunRun and Solar City, a new start-up company, DZ-4, is looking to bring decentralized solar power to Germany’s masses. In the following interview, founder Tobias...

5 MW thin film tracker project completed in India

India thin film solar photovoltaic 5MW project

A five megawatt (MW) thin film photovoltaic project has been completed in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is said to be one of the largest systems, which combines thin film technology with a tracking system.

SDG&E signs 200 MW PPA for Mount Signal Solar project

Imperial Valley California

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of California-based 8minutenergy Renewables for its 200 megawatt (MW) Mount Signal Solar project.

China: JA Solar supplies modules to 23 MW PV project

JA Solar Hebei Ningjin photovoltaic module factory

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd has supplied 23 megawatts (MW) worth of its photovoltaic modules to a project in China’s Ningxia province.

Denmark’s biggest PV installation realized

605 kW solar photovoltaic system in Denmark

Germany-based SRU Solar AG and Danish energy company GreenGo Energy have completed a 605 kilowatt peak rooftop photovoltaic system in the Danish town of Virum. It is said to be the biggest project of its kind in the country.

5.3 MW PV plant connected to Spain’s grid

5.3 MW solar photovoltaic park in Spain by Conergy

Spanish companies, Valfortec and Solaer have connected a 5.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park to the Spanish grid.

European research project launched

A solar cell in closeup. It is blue.

A three-year multilateral and multinational research project has been launched, aimed at bringing efficiency, output and utilization gains right across the photovoltaic system. From cell to smart grid, the ERG project will...

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