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UK solar companies win High Court FIT compensation claim

Rooftop solar installation, U.K.

Court rules in favor of compensation claim for 14 companies aggrieved at government changes to the feed-in tariff introduced in 2011.


UK solar capacity falls as debate over future of PV intensifies

London, U.K.

While small FIT-supported projects have driven the British photovoltaic market, 2013 has seen an increasing amount of large-scale capacity as the government weighs green tax reductions while embracing nuclear power.


Jinko Solar revenues grow 11.2% in third quarter

JinkoSolar China SGCC

CEO Kangping Chen says the company is devoting substantial resources towards growing core PV operations and rapidly expanding its downstream business after achieving net profitability for the entire year ahead of schedule.


Canadian Solar closes deal on 40 MW of projects

Lake Scugog.

Four Ontario solar projects will be sold for an undisclosed sum to fund managers DIF. The sale marks another win for Canadian Solar's downstream Solutions subsidiary.


Hanwha SolarOne's $70 million share issue

Hanwha SolarOne manufacturing.

Chinese solar manufacturer Hanwha wants to expand its project development business in China and upgrade its manufacturing processes. Hanwha Group intends to start manufacturing polysilicon in future.


Mascotte expects to post half-year loss

Polysilicon.

As the Taiwanese polysilicon manufacturer attempts to raise funds and renegotiate a looming bonds deadline, it has announced another expected loss. The extent of the losses should be revealed at the end of November.


SolarCity, BMW partner on EV marketing campaign

BMW i3 production plant, Leipzig, Germany

SolarCity is teaming up with German automaker BMW to offer U.S. owners of the new BMW i vehicles a discount on home solar installations.


Shunfeng to purchase troubled Suntech's solar panel factories

Suntech Wuxi HQ.

The deal enables the former solar heavyweight to stay in business, with Shunfeng paying an agreed 30% of Suntech's $1.75 billion debt to Chinese creditors.


First Solar to invest $100 million in Japan PV development

First Solar modules being fitted.

The investment was announced on the same day the company also revealed details of an agreement with JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation to distribute its high efficiency PV modules in Japan.


Greek PV market shrivels to just 6 MW per month

A Greek solar park.

Austerity-driven FIT cutbacks have seen PV installations in Greece plummet from the 801 MW installed in the first quarter. Figures show only 6 MW were installed in each of August and September.


Desert Solar conference instills Saudi confidence

Saudi Arabia Rub al Khalid desert.

The one-day event was low-key but highly focused, attracting an audience committed to patiently furthering PV development in Saudi Arabia.


Japanese climate change u-turn could affect FIT

A smokestack.

IHS analyst Ash Sharma says the Japanese government's reduction of its climate change commitments could affect the solar FIT in March. The generous regime will be reassessed in four months' time, says Sharma.


Arizona votes on monthly fee for solar installations

Pro-solar protestors in Arizona.

Regulators on Thursday voted 3-2 in favour of a $0.70 kW surcharge on all new solar customers from January 1, 2014, adding approximately $5 per month to their bills.


Google, KKR team with Recurrent Energy on six solar farms

Google headquarters

The reported $400 million cash and debt deal includes five California solar plants and one array in Arizona that will have a combined capacity of 106 MW.


8minutenergy, Saferay partner on 118 MW California project

Road to Bakersfield, Kern County

The Kern County plant, set to begin construction next year and in operation by mid-2015, will have an annual production capacity of 240 million kilowatt hours.


Arizona energy regulators weigh fate of state's solar power subsidy

Arizona desert landscape.

The state's utility regulators are discussing a proposal from Arizona Public Service to amend net metering rates for solar customers, stating the current scheme puts non-solar providers at a disadvantage.


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