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Australia: Pro-solar rally slams attack on renewable target

Save Solar Rally, Aug. 21, 2014, Brisbane, Australia

The organized opposition to the federal government's moves to abolish or reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has begun. More than 500 people attended a rally in Brisbane to protest against changes to the RET.

Tokyo Electron exits thin-film PV panel business

Oerlikon solar business

The company, which is in the midst of merging with U.S. semiconductor giant Applied Materials, is terminating its PV equipment business in March.

Wacker, OCI benefiting from China's polysilicon duties

Wacker polysilicon chip inspection.

The German and Korean polysilicon manufacturers are enjoying strong business turnover in the wake of China's anti-dumping duties, says Bernreuter Research.

SEIA praises Obama's solar support in SOTU address

Obama at Nellis Airforce Base.

The solar industry was singled out for special presidential praise in the address, with U.S. President Barack Obama drawing positive words from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

South Africa world's most attractive emerging country for solar

Coastal Road, South Africa

South Africa has topped IHS' emerging PV market attractiveness rankings in the areas of in potential market size, project profitability and pipeline maturity, ahead of Thailand and Turkey.

Airports in Malaysia, India embrace solar

Kuala Lumpur International Aiprort

SunEdison has erected a 19 MW array at Kuala Lumpur International while Canadian Solar is supplying 2.1 MW of modules for Delhi International.

OXIS Energy collaborating with Proinso on new solar storage system

Solar battery.

The U.K. company will collaborate with global PV specialists Proinso to develop a storage prototype they say is lightweight, affordable and environmentally friendly.

SK Solar, Creotecc install first phase of 6 MW project in Mexico

Hermosillo, Mexico

The project marks the latest project in the country's burgeoning solar market and a major foothold in the emerging market for inverter maker Advanced Energy.

Online solar marketplace receives VC investment

PV rooftop installation in progress.

Milk the Sun, a leading open online marketplace for trading PV systems, has attracted funding from Gründerfonds Münsterland and Howaldt Energies.

Chinese modules with Taiwanese cells still Chinese

European Commission

The European Commission says a clarification of rules of origin tightens import regulations for Chinese modules, preventing manufacturers from selling goods from third countries.

Taiwan increases solar PV targets

Yong An Solar Park, Taiwan

Implementing the new solar energy goals will cost an estimated $33 billion, much of which will go to Taiwanese manufacturers. About 90% of PV systems installed in Taiwan use local products.

SunPower teams with Bank of America to finance $220 million solar leasing program

Residential rooftop PV array.

The solar manufacturers will collaborate with the bank on a $220 million support package designed to spur the U.S. solar leasing market.

Construction begins on Australia's largest PV power plant

Broken Hill, Australia

First Solar has broken ground on the 102 MW Nyngan solar project in the Australian state of New South Wales. When completed in 2015, it will be the biggest solar park in the country.

EU ProSun backs French-German solar plans

EU ProSun president, Milan Nitzschke.

The joint initiative of EU solar businesses welcomes the proposals, stating that Europe "must bet on a strong solar industry."

Utility-scale US solar capacity grew 43% in 2013

Rothenbach Solar Park, U.S.

A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reveals that 2.9 GW of utility-scale solar capacity was added in the U.S. last year.

Nippon Renewable Energy secures $250 million for Japanese solar projects

Mount Fuji, Japan

The independent solar utility company is developing a pipeline of more than 300 MW of solar projects. Four installations totaling 47.5 MW are set to begin construction.

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