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South Africa considers net metering

Cape Town PV installation.

Country's energy regulator draws up plan designed to make solar power more attractive to businesses and homeowners and boost the nation's stretched energy supply.

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.

Hawaiian Electric Company and IC Sunshine sign 5 MW PPA

Island of Oahu

Hawaiian Electric Company and IC Sunshine LLC have signed a five megawatt (MW), 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA).

1 MW Slovenian PV project completed

Bisol's 1 MW rooftop PV project in Slovenia

Bisol has completed a one megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) rooftop system in Slovenia. It is reportedly one of the country’s largest.

First Solar and SCE sign 250 MW PV contract

Primm Nevada desert

First Solar and Southern California Edison (SCE) have signed a 250 megawatt (MW) AC power purchase agreement for the Silver State South photovoltaics (PV) project, which is expected to be operational by 2017.

Solon and TEP complete 1.6 MW US solar plant

Tucson, Arizona

Solon Corporation has completed a 1.6 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Tucson, the U.S. along with Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP).

Yingli and Borrego Solar sign 20 MW supply agreement

San Diego skyline at night

Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc., has signed a 20 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) module supply agreement with Borrego Solar Systems Inc. Delivery is scheduled for this year.

US to cut installation costs to $1/watt with SunShot initiative

SunEdison PV plant in City of Rifle

When Obama spoke of a 2035 clean energy goal during his State of the Union address, a big question on everyone’s mind was how he could achieve that. The answer, in part, is a new initiative called SunShot, which his energy chief...

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