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Solar installation, Malaysia.

Second tier solar markets took center stage this week, with India, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil each turning heads with their PV development plans and announcements, as leading markets wobbled.

New details emerge over 360 MW South African PV project

South Africa North Cape

pv magazine has learned that the 360 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project announced by Moncada Group earlier this week has received all necessary permits.

Austrian smart grid project to see 120 new PV systems installed

Schematic of DG DemoNet Smart LV Grid project.

A new €5 million, three-year smart grid project has been unveiled in Austria. Designed to prepare for the expected "onslaught" of new solar capacity in the country, the pilot project will see 120 photovoltaic systems installed....

Germany releases updated PV installation figures

German solar photovoltaic park, Senftenberg, Germany

Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur reports that 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of newly installed photovoltaic capacity was added to the country’s grid in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011. Overall, 3.35 GW has been installed this year to date....

Australia: First Solar starts work on 10 MW PV plant

Geraldton Marina, Western Australia.

At 10 megawatts (MW), the thin film photovoltaic manufacturer has begun work on what it says is Australia’s largest solar farm.

Martifer Solar to build 6.6 MWp Spanish PV project

Spain solar photovoltaic plant with smart trackers by Martifer Solar

Martifer Solar has announced it will build a 6.6 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic installation in Murcia, Spain.

Solar market sees pickup, but a flat market is predicted for 2012

Solar photovoltaic panel with clouds reflected in it

After a tumultuous first half, with huge price drops and uncertainty on just about everything, the solar market is beginning to see some positive signs in terms of demand pick up. Overall, a growth of 20 percent over 2010 is...

Moser Baer develops 23.8 MWp German PV park

Moser Baer screenshot

India-based Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL) has developed a 23.8 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic park in Lauta, Germany.

China: Non-residential PV pipeline hits 16 GW

Qinghai, China

According to new research released, China’s non-residential photovoltaic pipeline is standing at 16 gigawatts (GW). In 2011, the country’s newly installed capacity is expected to reach over 1.8 GW. The building mount sector is...

360 MW solar project planned for South Africa

Cape Town aerial shot

The Italy-based Moncada Group has formed a joint venture with South African investment and development company, Solar Capital to build a large-scale solar project.

Inquiry into UK PV FIT cut proposals launched

Solar photovoltaic rooftop installation in the UK

The U.K. Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an inquiry into the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECCs) proposed photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts.

US: 5 MW PV project announced for 18 school sites

Palmdale, California and mountains

PsomasFMG has teamed up with the Palmdale School District (PSD) in California to install 5.87 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics at 18 schools. The systems will take the form of carports.

Q-Cells announces 91 MW PV project

Q-Cells 46 MWp Zerbst solar park

Q-Cells has begun work on what it says is Europe’s largest photovoltaic park. Located near Berlin, Germany, the 91 megawatt (MW) project is expected to supply energy to around 22,500 households.

First Solar inaugurates second German plant

A First Solar factory in a photo taken from above.

Thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has inaugurated today its second plant (FF02) at its Frankfurt (Oder) site in Germany’s east. The plant will have a capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) a year, bringing the company's capacity...

Ukraine: Activ Solar completes another 20 MW PV system

20 MW solar photovoltaic project Ukraine

Activ Solar has been living up to its name recently. Having already announced the completion of an 80 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in the Ukraine, the company had today said it has finished a further 20 MW of another project,...

Morocco identified as location for 500 MW Desertec project

Morocco flags

Desertec has announced that it will build its first solar power plant in 2012. Set to be located in Morocco, it is expected to be 500 megawatts (MW) in size.

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