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India: new program to support small hybrid PV+wind installations

Indian MNRE is implementing a new program to promote installation of small solar and wind hybrid systems in remote areas.

Qatari government launches 200 MW solar initiative

The country's Ministry of Energy to instigate PV push aimed at exploiting Qatar’s immense solar energy potential.

Inaugural solar co-op project comes online in Toronto, Canada

The city's first community-based solar project – created in collaboration with SolarShare and Bullfrog Power – has begun generation renewable solar energy.

Solutronic insolvency evidence of overcrowded German inverter market, say IHS

Intense price pressure and a rapid decrease in solar inverter shipments has pushed domestic suppliers to the brink, according to analysts.

Belectric USA to install 60 MW of PV in Puerto Rico and California

The combined capacity of 60 MW will be spread over several ground-mounted solar power plants in the U.S. state and Puerto Rico.

Suncore acquires Israeli company ZenithSolar

Suncore Photovoltaic Technology Company Limited, a Chinese-US joint venture that specialises in CPV has acquired Israel-based ZenithSolar, which filed for bankruptcy in June.

New €7 million solar energy research center launched in Wales

Swansea University, with the financial backing of the Welsh government, has launched the Ser Solar Initiative at Baglan Energy Park, which will be chaired by Professor James Durrant.

Batch I guidelines for Phase II of India's National Solar Mission approved

A draft proposal to introduce a change to the payment of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) assistance announced earlier this month has now been approved.

Canadian Solar commences construction on Canada's largest PV project

The 100 MW Grand Renewable Solar Project in Ontario is being developed by Samsung Renewable Energy and is expected to be operational by 2015.

Walmart and Costco top commercial solar users in US, SEIA study finds

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in the U.S. publishes its latest Solar Means Business report, finding that the country's two largest retailers are committed to solar power.

Germany: EEG levy increases in 2014

The EEG levy will rise to 6.24 Euro cents per kWh in 2014. This is an increase of almost 20%. The transmission system operators, or TSOs, bank on a levy contribution of €23.6 billion next year with this.

Gehrlicher Solar's search for investors continues

The US subsidiary of the photovoltaic company Gerhrlicher Solar has already been sold. But the German company is now in insolvency proceedings. Operation and maintenance businesses will initially still carry on though.

Turkey: small-scale solar rules released

The flag of Turkey.

By doubling the size of projects for which FITs are available, the Turkish government has finally fired the starting gun on solar. 'We have been waiting five years for this.' says Enerparc's Ertug Babatas.

More Italian headaches for Suntech


The former Chinese giant has revealed the seizure of more solar parks developed with the backing of the tarnished Global Solar Fund investment vehicle. Administrators have been appointed to 27 seized assets.

SolarCity to acquire mounting system company

A SolarCity installer.

Californian installer SolarCity is set to acquire Zep Solar in exchange for shares worth $158 million. Zep Solar's Zep Compatible technology has been used by solar giants including Canadian Solar and Trina Solar.

Art installation shows solar applications

Eleonora Nicoletti's installation at the H Hotel, Midland, Michigan.

Italian designer and architect Eleonora Nicoletti has made an art installation which can recharge smartphones and tablets.

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