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meeco expands Maldives PV project

Maamigili Airport, Maldives

The Swiss company is partnering with Villa Group on a PV project cluster that total of five PV installations throughout the island nation.

Czech Republic ends FIT program, extends solar tax

The upper house of the Czech Parliament on Friday passed a bill that ends feed-in tariffs (FITs) for all renewable energies and extends a tax imposed on solar PV plants. The Czech PV industry body is set to take legal action.

China imposes anti subsidy duties on US polysilicon


After July's hefty anti dumping duties, the Chinese government has now announced its intent to top that with anti subsidy duties against U.S.-made polysilicon. Reuters is reporting, however, only two manufacturers will be...

The good times are back for solar

Yingli solar manufacture.

IHS analysis of first half module shipments show a strong rebound in global demand. But analysts warn the boom seen so far this year will slow in the current quarter.

Pakistan scrambles for generation


Pakistan's first large scale solar project is just part of a race to plug electricity generation shortfalls in the country. The 6.6 GW coal-fired plant at Gadani dominates the race for electricity.

Hold off on new PV recycling contracts until February

PV mdule recycling.

The manager of a German PV recycling firm has advised manufacturers, importers and distributors not to sign any new disposal contracts before modules are in included in the EU's electrical waste directive in February.

Irish fund invests €350k in solar technology start-up

Bank of Ireland's Conall Boyle, Nines CEO Edward Duffy, Kernel Capital's Dawn Guiney and John O'Dea, of Enterprise Ireland mark a €350,000 venture capital boost for solar cell production technology start-up Nines Photovoltaics.

The Irish company that has developed a dry process solution for manufacturing solar cells has secured a €350,000 investment from a venture capital fund. Nines Photovoltaics says its production technology can further reduce...

Aleo Solar AG to close all US operations

German solar module manufacturer Aleo Solar AG dissolves its Denver, U.S. operations with immediate effect, citing a failure to meet recent sales targets.

China to invest in Maltese module assembly

Malta's capital, Valetta.

Chinese state-owned Shanghai Electric Power has signed a memorandum of understanding paving the way for a €200 million investment in Malta's state-owned energy company. The move would be the first step to Chinese module...

Foreign-made cells and modules flood Japanese market


Japanese solar cell and module manufacturers are looking inwards at the expense of exporting worldwide but domestic-made product levels are dwarfed by a flood of foreign-made imports.

California approves shared renewable energy program

Approval of the largest program for shared renewable power in the U.S. passes in California, enabling schools, rental tenants and owners of homes in the shade to invest in solar energy projects.

JinkoSolar connects 100 MW of PV projects

JinkoSolar modules in Ontario.

Solar manufacturer JinkoSolar has reached its first milestone for downstream projects and wants to have 500 MW connected in China by the end of next year.

Hanergy Solar reveals details of PRC state support


Hanergy Solar is banking on custom from its majority shareholder Hanergy Group, as well as support from the Chinese government.

Brazil welcomes solar to major energy auction

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In a big win for PV producers in Brazil, the country's energy minister has pushed through a new decree allowing solar in the upcoming A-5 auction for electricity from new energy plants that will go online in 2018.

U.S. solar industry expands 15% in second quarter, but growth leveling off

Although U.S. solar projects increased by 832 MW in the second quarter of 2013, there has been a tangible slowdown in growth, according to new figures released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Spanish energy regulator blasts government proposals

Spanish energy minister Soria

Spain's National Energy Commission (CNE) has warned of negative consequences from government-proposed legislation, saying the process "failed to guarantee the effective participation of the different stakeholders involved."

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