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UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


Samsung and MEMC sign polysilicon JV

Polysilicon

Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).


Scatec to build 6 MW Italian PV plant



Valle del Panaro, Italy

Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.


Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.


7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.


India revises benchmark PV costs

India's 120 kW PV array, Sagar Island, Bay of Bengal

The Indian Government has revised its benchmark costs for PV systems, effective from April 1, 2011.


900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.


Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.


Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken HQ building

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.


ABB to supply PV plants worth 39 MW to Italy

Satellite image of Italy

Power and automation technology group ABB is to supply three PV power plants to Italy, following orders worth $33 million from Emmeesseenne.


Phoenix Solar to build PV park for Saudi oil company

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 3.5 megawatt (MW) PV park for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). When complete, it will reportedly be Saudi Arabia's largest PV installation.


EPIA tells UK Government to "act carefully"

London bridge

Following the UK's announcement that it will bring its FIT review forward by one year, representatives from EPIA gathered in London to urge the Government to "act very carefully".


France still struggling with PV incentives

French flag

The moratorium for PV plants in France will remain in force until March 8, after which a new regulation will be published. Charpin and Trink, political advisors charged with the task, are due to provide their report to the French...


Taiwan: AUO subsidiary to install 300 MW solar wafer plant

AUO Optronics HQ building

AUO Crystal Corp. (ACC) is to establish a solar wafer plant in Taiwan. Initial capacity is expected to hit 300 megawatts (MW). Up to 1,000 jobs could also be created over the next three years.


PVN to build PV plant atop Californian landfill

Big Bear Valley, California

California-based PVNavigator (PVN) has entered into an agreement with the County of San Bernardino, under which the company aims to build a photovoltaics (PV) plant atop a closed landfill.


Ontario: Increased PV opportunities, but module dissatisfaction exists

Toronto PV rooftop installation

Following an increase in Ontario’s domestic content rule, there are many new opportunities for photovoltaic (PV) equipment manufacturers. However, installers are dissatisfied with module brands.


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