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OPIC funds 100 MW CSP plant in South Africa, grid improvements in Pakistan

Northern Cape, South Africa

The U.S.-led international development projects support private sector development in energy and inclusive access to finance. The projects "show the transformative impact that the U.S. private sector can have in the developing...

Italy to be knocked out of top 3 PV markets

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New figures have revealed that new global photovoltaic installations surpassed 13 GW in the first six months of 2012. In 2H almost 18 GW is expected to be added. For the FY, Germany, China and the U.S. will be the leading...

Switzerland cuts PV tariffs for a third time

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Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Switzerland will be reduced for a third time this year, from October 1.

Juwi exits German PV rooftop business

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Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's...

India accuses US of "ruining" domestic PV industry

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India’s Centre for Science and Technology (CSE) has launched a scathing attack on U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, claiming they are "ruining" India’s domestic photovoltaic manufacturing industry by taking advantage of the US$30...

Approvals for Greek PV systems stopped, drastic cuts introduced

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The Greek government has said it is seeking to restore liquidity to the electricity market through the introduction of new measures. A part of this change will see photovoltaic funding drastically cut and approvals for PV systems...

Japan: Orix to install 200 MW of solar

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According to reports, Japan-based Orix Corp. will invest a total of 54 billion yen, or US$680 million in the installation of 200 MW of solar projects.

Isofotón signs PPA for 50 MW PV plant in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 18k W solar photovoltaic system Commision Nacional de Energia Santo Domingo

Following the signing of a PPA between Spain-based Isofotón and the Dominican Republic government, work can finally proceed on the company's 50 MW photovoltaic plant.

Grid Alternatives secures $2 million for Colorado expansion

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U.S.-based non-profit solar company, Grid Alternatives has secured US$2 million from Wells Fargo for its expansion into Colorado.

BIPV to add 4.6 GW of new capacity by 2017

Pythagoras Solar Willis Building BIPV

Between 2011 and 2017, the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market is forecast to add 4.6 GW of new capacity, thus making it one of the fastest growing solar industry segments.

PV to lead rapid increase in decentralized power generation over next 5 years

Rooftop solar photovoltaics

Quickly becoming the new industry buzzword, distributed power generation, led by photovoltaics, is set to "rapidly" expand over the next five years to reach an annual installation rate of 63.5 GW by 2017.

China: Utility-dominant PV landscape changing

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According to the latest research, the Chinese photovoltaics industry is shifting to a more decentralized model, following a "sharp" increase in non-residential building-mount applications, and a rise in non-utility commercial...

Hanwha SolarOne unveils 1 GW North American PV pipeline

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Korea’s Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd is continuing with its downstream expansion strategy. Amid rumors the Hanwha Group is gearing up to take over Germany-based Q.Cells, the company has launched Hanwha SolarEnergy America (HSEA) in...

US to fast track 1.5 GW of solar projects

President Barack Obama, White House

Under President Obama’s "We can’t wait initiative", the federal permit and review processes are to be accelerated for seven solar and wind projects. Of these, five comprise solar projects worth a total of 1,550 MW.

Solar ITCs deliver positive IRRs to US government

SolarCity solar photovoltaic installation.

A new analysis of the U.S. Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) claims that both residential and commercial photovoltaic projects supported by the ITC can deliver a nominal 10 percent internal rate of return (IRR) to the...

MOU signed to develop renewable energy on withdrawn US public lands

Ken Salazar

The U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Defense (DoD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop renewable energy, including solar, on public lands withdrawn for defense-related purposes.

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