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Europe slashed investment in renewable energy by 50% in 2015

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While other countries, including China, Australia and the US, ramp up their clean energy spending, Europe rapidly reduced its own renewable technology investment in 2015, spending its lowest figure since 2006.

US$660 million available for CSP development in MENA region

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The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has recently given four countries from the MENA region the green light to develop 1.1 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP) via an updated solar plan. US$660 million will be provided by CIF’s...

Solar windows one step nearer commercial production

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U.S. building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) developer New Energy Technologies Ltd has announced significant advances in its patented SolarWindow, spray-on solar power coating system.

PPAs signed for 417 MW in South Africa

South Africa's public utility Eskom has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) for nine photovoltaic projects worth 417.1 MW, under the country’s renewable energy expansion program. Meanwhile, the government has expressed concern...

US company marketing cheap panels to China

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In an ironic twist to the usual direction of the global solar module market, U.S. photovoltaic panel manufacturer Solaria has broken into the Chinese market – with the help of a low-cost product.

Thin film loophole to be closed in India

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A loophole in the commissioning of solar projects under India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM) which allowed developers to bypass domestic content requirements is set to be closed.

Yingli lands 220 MW module order

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Solar module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has cemented its relationship with the state-owned China Power Investment Corporation by signing a deal to supply 220 MW of its modules to the Chinese government-owned power company.

ABB demonstrates solar credentials in Japan

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Swiss engineering conglomerate ABB has joined the race for a slice of the lucrative Japanese solar market by demonstrating its solar muscle with a PV installation on one of its factories in the country.

SER Energia planning 960 MW of PV projects in Brazil

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SER Energia is aiming to install 960 MW worth of photovoltaics in Brazil. Already, it has registered 930 MW with the country’s electricity regulatory agency, spread across 31 projects. An investment of around US$1.5 billion is...

Myanmar: 210 MW solar plant in the planning

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According to various media, US$275 million is expected to be invested in the development of a solar power plant in Minbu, Myanmar. If construction is completed, it will be one of the largest plants of its kind in the world, with...

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.

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