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Events at the Solar Power International exhibition in California complement a busy week for the U.S. solar industry, while Dubai's grand plans and Trina’s new business strategy also turns PV heads.

Talesun to install 900 MW PV in China

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Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer, Zhongli Talesun has signed an agreement with China’s Qinghai government to install 900 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics over a period of six years.

Spain: Solaria to develop 60 MW PV plant sans FITs

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Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente, S.A. has begun work on a 60 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Spain. It will not receive a feed-in tariff (FIT).

LDK Solar announces 600 MW of PV projects in China

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar Co., Ltd has signed three multi-year EPC contracts under which it will install three photovoltaic projects in the Gansu province of China worth a total of 600 megawatts (MW).

Ghana to see 50 MW PV plant installed

Ghana solar photovoltaic installation

Siginik Energy Ltd has signed a power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd (ECG) to install a 50 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Ghana.

France: Demand for PV high, despite FIT cuts

French residential rooftop solar photovoltaic system

In spite of the sharp decrease in feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in the last 12 months in France, photovoltaic systems are still in high demand from French consumers.

China: GCL and Phono Solar establish PV project partnership

Phono Solar HQ

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and module manufacturer, Phono Solar Inc. have formed a partnership under which they intend to develop photovoltaic projects in China.

Samsung and Pattern plan 100 MW PV plant for Ontario

Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP have said they will build a 250 megawatt (MW) wind and photovoltaic plant in Canada’s Haldimand County, Ontario. In related news, Samsung is gearing up to open a new...

Pakistan: 50 MW PV project unveiled

India solar photovoltaic plant

Conergy and Ensunt have announced their plans to install a 50 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in Pakistan for the DACC Power Generation Company Limited (DPGCL).

50 MW PV plant planned for Russia’s Kislovodsk

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Construction of Russia's first industrial sized photovoltaic project will soon be underway in Kislovodsk. Locally-based Sphinx-9 will build the 50 megawatt (MW) plant together with the Kislovodsk government.

EPS unveils plans to develop 300 MW of solar in Chile

Atacama desert, Chile

Element Solar Power (EPS) has said it intends to develop 300 megawatts (MW) worth of solar projects in Chile. The company also unveiled plans to open an "interpretive and educational" center in the Atacama Desert.

California: New roofs must be solar ready from 2014

solar photovoltaic installation on US rooftop

The California Energy Commission has introduced new energy efficient standards for all new residential and commercial buildings. The new measures mean that from January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs.

UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities’ clean future


This week brought encouraging news from China regarding the development of smart grids to help enable the smart and sustainable cities of tomorrow. In addition to the key role solar can play, the need to focus on technology...

PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...

AEG Power Solutions to expand South Africa operations

AEG solar photovoltaic Inverter Protect PV630

Netherlands-based AEG Power Solutions Group will expand its South African operations with a new photovoltaic inverter manufacturing facility.

Germany: Centrosolar to install PV on 100 supermarkets

Supermarket solar photovoltaic system

Under a new joint venture, Centrosolar Group AG and Pohlen Bedachungen GmbH are planning to install eight megawatts peak (MWp) worth of photovoltaics on supermarkets across Germany.

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