A lack of ambition across the sector has hindered solar PV's growth in this sun-rich country, with only the small-scale rooftop sector likely to expand over the coming years.
The installation is one of six British PV projects that will have a combined capacity 80 MWp commissioned by Vogt in the first three months of the year.
The U.S. solar giant has called on the expertise of Australian metalworkers IXL Group in an example of the role the solar industry can play in areas hit by the decline of automotive manufacturing.
The solar sector accounts for 35% of all renewable energy jobs worldwide, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. China in particular has seen a sharp increase in photovoltaic employment.
The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.
Despite lauding its cost-saving measures and reining in operating losses, the U.S. wafer maker and developer reported a huge net loss in Q1. CEO Ahmad Chatila insists the company's project pipeline equates to a bright outlook.
The EPIA says PV can play an important role in reducing the EU's reliance on Russian gas imports. But a Bloomberg analyst says any short-term gaps in gas supply could be plugged by new supply routes.
At a gathering with delegates at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, representatives of the Middle Eastern nation revealed bold ambitions to add 5 GW of wind and solar power by 2018.
Equipped with Suntech modules, the Chinese giant and its German partner aim to build 900 MW of PV plants by 2015 in what has become Europe's most dynamic solar market.
The solar farms, which are scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year, bring the Virginia-based energy group's solar portfolio to 212 MW. The plants employ 162,000 BYD modules and 36 SMA inverters.
The California solar provider achieved record bookings of 136 MW and increased its 2014 guidance to 500-550 MW deployed. The company is on track to meet its one million customer target by 2018.
The U.S. government agency says a greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in regions where third-party finance is currently lacking.
The German company raised its group-wide shipments by 41% to 154 MW compared to 109 MW a year ago.
The new company took over all the invested capital and intangible assets, including patents, trademarks and brands, of the insolvent Gehrlicher Solar AG.
The State Department of Revenue has reinterpreted its tax policy, reassessing leased solar panels as "merchant power plants" that must be taxed.
"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
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