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SolarWorld's bifacial modules getting their first real-world run out in the US

SolarWorld's bifacial Bisun modules being produced

The German company's bifacial Bisun modules will be installed on the rooftops of the University of Richmond, alongside some standard modules to produce comparative performance data.

Saudi Arabia: SASIA's feedback on the K.A.CARE proposal

The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) has responded to K.A.CARE's white paper for its renewable energy competitive procurement program (CPP). SASIA believes that some portions of the paper require more clarity and...

US: Citizens Energy Corporation inaugurates 2 PV plants

U.S.-based Citizens Energy Corporation has inaugurated two PV plants totaling 3.6 MW in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Chile receives US$50 million funding for PV projects

Chile's Ministry of Energy has received US$50 million of international funding for photovoltaic projects. The government hopes it will help boost the number of grid-connected installations in the South American country.

Taiwan's NanoWin Technology plans CIGS factory in Kazakhstan

Nanowin Technology Co. Ltd is reportedly planning to build a CIGS manufacturing plant in the Zhambyl region, located in southern Kazakhstan. A 5 MW photovoltaic plant is also expected to be built this year.

Massachusetts surpasses 250 MW goal, aspires to reach 1.6 GW

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Massachusetts governor has announced that his state has surpassed its goal to install a total of 250 MW of photovoltaics by 2017 four years early. It now aims to reach 1.6 GW by 2020. This growth rate is said to be one of the...

Lightway Solar receives Chinese government approval to build 50 MW PV project in Romania

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China-based manufacturer Lightway Solar has recently received approval from China's Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to develop 50 MW of photovoltaic plants in Prundu, Romania.

SunPower shines a ray of light with Q1 figures

Antelope Valley.

With the help of veteran investor Warren Buffett's decision to buy the 579 MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects, California-based SunPower has announced that rarest of things in the solar industry – a positive quarterly update.

Panama aims to support solar energy

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The Central American country is gearing up to approve a regulation, which aims to support solar energy installations.

Chile: Solar project activity increases; renewables account for 5.25% of energy mix

Chile solar photovoltaic park

The latest statistics show that 68.3 MW worth of solar projects are currently under construction in Chile, compared to just 3.3 MW in February. Meanwhile, renewables accounted for 5.25% of the country’s energy mix in Q1.

Mercury is falling on EU solar barometer

A Gehrlicher Solar photovoltaic installation in Germany.

The changing balance of power in the global solar marketplace – with the emphasis shifting from the EU to Asia and the Americas – has been emphasized by a new set of European statistics.

Largest Californian solar facility up and running

Agua Caliente.

NRG Energy will cut the ribbon today on its 66 MW Alpine Solar Generating Facility, California's largest fully operational solar generating plant.

Malta launches €21 million PV subsidy scheme

Malta has launched a photovoltaic subsidy and rebate scheme worth €21 million, according to local media. The fund is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will pay a FIT rate of €0.22/kWh.

UK publishes new FIT rates; records 70% increase in PV capacity

UK solar photovoltaic park Lightsource

The U.K. has published its new FIT rates, due to take effect in July. The country’s 2012 energy statistics have also been released. According to the figures, 3.2% of energy was generated from PV, while renewables accounted for...

Fall in market share for top ten PV inverter suppliers

IHS has released its latest PV inverters quarterly report. Despite indications of industry consolidation, the top ten largest PV inverter suppliers saw their market share fall from 62% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.

US: BLM issues regulation to facilitate solar right-of-way applications

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The U.S. Bureau of Land management (BLM) has issued a regulation, which will provide solar and wind energy project developers with the possibility of right-of-way applications to temporarily give them the right to use public...

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