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Island leaders endorse renewables action plan

Island leaders discuss and approve the Martinique Action Plan on renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States.

Small Island Developing States approve new plan designed to bring greater levels of renewable power autonomy to island nations around the world.


Tenaska closes financing on 130 MW thin film project

Tenaska solar photovoltaic sites Imperial County

U.S. energy company, Tenaska, has closed commercial financing on its 130 megawatt (MW) Imperial Solar Energy Center South utility photovoltaic project.


Japan: 70 MW PV project in the pipeline

Japan artist rendering of 70MW solar photovoltaic plant

Kyocera Corporation, IHI Corporation and the Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd have unveiled their plans to install a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in southern Japan.


Japan: 200 MW plant planned

A PV Power plant in Japan.

In what will dwarf all previous photovoltaic installations in the country, the Japan Times has reported that telecommunications pioneer Softbank is planning to build a 200 megawatt (MW) power plant on the northern island of...


Fraunhofer develops software for renewable-energy forecasting

A large pv array.

German commercial research body and transmission grid operator develops software to accumulate renewable energy production data and produce more accurate forecasts. The software developed by the team in Ilmenau in central...


Ukraine: 31.55 MW PV project completed

Ukraine Activ Solar 31.55MW photovoltaic project

Activ Solar has finished work on another large-scale photovoltaic plant in the Ukraine. The 31.55 megawatt (MW) project is located in the village of Mityaevo, Crimea.


Decision time for the Korean PV industry

IGEE Korea 2012 crowd shot

The Korean photovoltaics industry is at a crossroads and the next two years will be pivotal for the country in terms of its position in the global solar market. Upcoming elections hold some promise for Korea, if the United New...


Jabil plans layoffs at Polish PV module plants

Two men working on a solar panel.

U.S. electronics manufacturer Jabil has announced plans to make redundant up to 600 workers from its two photovoltaic module plants in Kwidzyn, Poland.


Chile’s largest PV power plant underway

Two lamas walking across a desert, in northern Chile, with mountains in the background.

While small by international standards, German renewable energy developer juwi and Chilean engineering firm Kaltemp have completed construction on what they claim is the largest photovoltaic power plant in Chile. The plant has a...


First Solar sells 50 MW Nevada power plant

A power plant shot from the air.

Thin film manufacturer First Solar today announced the sale of the Silver State North photovoltaic project, in Nevada, U.S. The project is worth 50 megawatts and was acquired outright by Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc.


US: Design-your-own PV picks up startup prize

A shot of the playboy mansion from above, with computer-generated solar panels on the roof.

A New Orleans solar startup company has picked up a US$50,000 Big Idea pitch competition award. SOLarchitect is an online service that allows homeowners to assesses the relevant cost, incentives and energy production of a...


UK: Supermarket roofs host 6.9 MW

A shopping center roof, with some terrace houses in the background, on a small hill.

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has installed 6.9 megawatts (MW) across its stores in the south of England. Renewable Resources completed the installations and heralded their completion at the Ecobuild trade show, which...


PV project financing and construction hindrances

Solar photovoltaic park in China

What does a photovoltaic project developer need to do to obtain financing? "Develop a good quality project", vice president of the Deutsche Bank told the over 230 attendees who gathered at the first PV Project Implementation...


China: Big PV project possibilities, but grid and policy issues exisit

The consensus at Solarpraxis' first "Project implementation conference - China 2012" in Shanghai is clear: the potential of photovoltaic project development in China is huge, particularly in light of falling system costs....


Solar thermal exempt from Indian import duty

India solar photovoltaic park

Solar thermal plant equipment will be exempt from import duty in India. India’s finance minister made the announcement today. The belief is that project costs could be lowered as a result. Photovoltaics was not mentioned, however.


Israel: Arava given go ahead for 40 MW PV project; Suntech unveils plans

Israel Plan of Arava's 40MW solar photovoltaic plant

Photovoltaic activity in Israel is heating up: Arava Power Company has unveiled its US$150 million project plans; and Suntech discusses upcoming policy changes, which may result in higher photovoltaic quotas, and provides updates...


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