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Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


REC Group signs 85 MW US supply order deal

REC Solar Singapore factory

The agreement is the largest utility-scale order to date in the U.S. for the Norwegian solar company. REC has already doubled its U.S. order intake over the past 12 months.


France provides interim support for solar

A PV installation in France.

In a sign that the photovoltaic industry may be set to receive more support under France’s socialist Hollande government, new measures have been unveiled today.


Phase two of India’s Solar Mission

The Indian flag.

A draft version of phase two of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has been released, targeting 9 GW of grid connected solar by 2017. The draft proposes reverse auctioning 1.65 GW of photovoltaic projects by...


PV on the campaign trail Down Under

A sunrise in Australia.

New residential solar market research in Australia was released yesterday, challenging the oft-repeated claim that photovoltaic support programs like FITs are "middle class welfare," and are taken up by middle or upper income...


UN: solar investment doubles wind investment in 2011

A solar installation.

While photovoltaic manufacturers struggle through difficult market conditions, two new reports have shown that solar attracted twice as much investment as wind in 2011. The reports have also shown that total renewable-energy...


Conergy negotiates with Chinese investors

Conergy HQ at night

Hamburg-based Conergy AG is negotiating with Chinese manufacturers about a possible partnership. According to the company's CEO, it will go beyond a pure supply relationship.


Mixed messages for UK PV: Innovation and criticism

A plane next to a solar array.

In what is a microcosm of the environment facing photovoltaics in many parts of the world, in the UK innovative installations have been going up, while a new report has been produced critical of the country’s renewable energy...


Rise of Chinese equipment suppliers

An Applied Materials PV machine.

In a week where mixed signals have been emerging from the photovoltaic equipment market, NPD Solarbuzz figures indicate growing revenues during 2011. Looking to the future is another story however, with the analysts predicting a...


UK: Court of Appeal hears FIT appeal

People at a court. Probably with solar panels.

Uncertainty in the UK’s solar industry may be reduced today as the Government’s appeal against a High Court ruling that its feed-in tariff (FIT) cut was illegal is heard. The High Court’s initial ruling was made in response to a...


Ontario’s PV industry requests "stability and transparency" from FIT review

A flag of Ontario.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty ordered a review of the province’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program. Canada’s Solar Industry Association (CanSIA) said that it wants clear rules as to what to expect from the...


SunEdison secures USD300 million for North American funding

A photovoltaic installation by SunEdison.

In one of the largest non-recourse credit facilities issued for photovoltaic projects, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank will provide a USD300 million facility to SunEdison for projects in the U.S. and Canada.


NRG Energy to purchase 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch

A SunPower image.

On the final closing of a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee for the project, SunPower will sell to NRG Energy the California Solar Ranch. Construction on the project began last month and is expected to be completed in two...


26th EU PVSEC: What will happen next?

A picture taken from a height of the big screens and stages at the EUPVSEC conference.

Accelerated consolidation and increased competition among photovoltaic producers are two key themes set to characterize 2012’s solar industry. Meanwhile, the "easy phase" of making money is said to be over.


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