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Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.

UN Climate Change Conference: A cry for help

Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines 08.11.2013

Political leaders at the conference were moved by a Philippine delegate's challenge to prevent future catastrophes and prove that the meeting is more than a 'carbon-intensive gathering of useless frequent flyers.'

SolarWorld posts 26% revenue contraction for Q3

SolarWorld PV modules in production.

Due to ongoing restructuring within SolarWorld AG, group revenue reached just €345.6 million in Q3, despite a 57% increase in trade shipments.

Revised IHS forecast predicts greater global spending on solar

IHS solar expenditure forecast.

As market conditions begin to improve, the analysts have raised their forecast for PV capital spending, predicting a 42% increase in 2014.

Mascotte seeks bond deal as it struggles to reduce debt pile


With liabilities of HK$236 million ($30.4 million), the Taiwanese company has negotiated an agreement with bondholders but must still convince shareholders.

Ontario opens application window for small FIT projects

A satellite image of Ontario.

The OPA will allocate FIT payments for up to 123.5 MW of small solar projects plus 15 MW for planned arrays on yet to be constructed buildings. The procurement rules for larger projects are still being formulated.

Solar cells picking up good vibrations

Queen Mary University of London

Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.

It's all good news in GCL update

GCL-Poly manufacturing.

Polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly has nothing but rises to report to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The figures include a 511% increase in third-quarter polysilicon sales, year on year.

Intersolar India kicks off

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

Some 170 exhibitors and 8,500 visitors are expected to attend this year's exhibition. The conference, which will see 700 visitors, is highlighting the development of India's solar mission and state programs.

Obama nominates Neil Kornze for top BLM post

Neil Kornze, the BLM's principal deputy director.

Kornze is seen as a main architect of the Obama administration's public lands solar policy at the Bureau of Land Management, playing a major role in developing the administration's Western Solar Plan.

COP 19 starts in Warsaw


UN climate change meeting opens with expectations at a record low. A Paper on the benefits to solar of carbon taxes and a U.S. commitment to Kyoto seems optimistic.

Suntech granted Cayman Islands liquidation

Suntech production.

Decision by the authorities in the Carribean tax haven means work can start in winding up the international shell company. Complications with the proposed liquidation could obstruct Jiangsu Shunfeng's acquisition of Wuxi...

Transatlantic bid for next generation of batteries

George W. Crabtree

The $120 million project to develop the next generation of energy storage batteries is looking across the Atlantic for assistance. A roundtable at the US embassy in Berlin sought to tap into German expertise.

Punjab chief minister announces 500 MW plant

The flag of Pakistan.

Few details are released about a project deal reportedly agreed with Canada. Chief minister Sharif is also said to have announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation scheme.

Neo Solar is into profit

Neo Solar's headquarters.

Taiwanese cell maker Neo Solar has returned to profit after completing its merger with Delsolar in May. October saw the company's best revenues since March 2011.

DuPont breaks ground on 4.4 MW solar plant in France

DuPont 4.4 MW plant, Cernay, France

The project, consisting of nearly 18,000 Jinko Solar panels, will be the largest solar installation so far built on DuPont land.

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