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Australia: attempts to cut Renewable Energy Target hit another barrier

A solar roof Australia.

The Australian Federal Government's attempt to cut the country's mandatory target for renewable energy (the RET) has hit another roadblock. The major opposition party, the Australian Labor Party, has walked away from the...


BNEF promotes CSUN to Tier 1 supplier status

CSUN's Turkey production facility.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance tiering system for PV module makers ranks producers based on bankability and assistance given to developers and EPCs.


GCL Poly to become GCL New Energy

100 MW PV plant in Zhongwei.

The name change is a reflection of the Chinese company's expansion into the development of large scale PV plants.


Hanergy Solar posts 57% profit increase in 2013

Hanergy HQ, China.

The Chinese solar company enjoyed a net profit of $266.7 million last year, boosted by an increase in delivery of turnkey lines.


Intersolar China opens with call for more R&D

Intersolar China opening ceremony.

The conference began with a series of impassioned presentations on the bullish state of China's PV market, but urged greater investment in domestic R&D and quality control.


100 GW annual PV deployment by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz forecast graph

The global PV industry will add 100 GW of capacity a year by 2018 say the analysts, with c-Si technology set to dominate the landscape.


Japan gives final approval for 11% FIT cut

Rooftop solar installation in Japan.

The move, finally confirmed today, will reduce the solar feed-in tariff to $0.31 cents per kW for 20 years, beginning on April 1.


Construction begins on 250 MW First Solar Nevada PV plant

Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agrees 25-year PPA for the project, which will be located north of Las Vegas.


Heliatek breaks efficiency record for 40% transparent organic cells

Heliatek's OPV cell.

The organic solar film producers have achieved a new record in efficiency for 40% transparent solar cells, achieving 7.2% in recent lab tests.


Hanwha Q CELLS collaborates on 31 MW Mexican PV installations

Hanwha Q CELLS Germany HQ.

The German-headquartered company will finance all 31 MW of PV across 120 locations of local retail giants, Tiendas Soriana.


Israel's Parliament installs rooftop PV, applies net-metering innovation

Knesset, Israel.

The Parliament building has announced a tender for a 400 kW rooftop installation that will make it the greenest government HQ in the world.


ReneSola posts annual increases in revenue, net loss

ReneSola headquarters

The company achieved a performance record in the fourth quarter of 2013, however, including a net profit and a 58% increase in module shipments.


Yingli completes 1 MW World Cup solar installation

Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

The array at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco stadium will deliver clean solar energy to one of the forthcoming soccer World Cup's most important venues.


Malaysia opens talks on 50 MW PV plant

Mosque in Kedah, Malaysia.

The government has met with energy advisors to discuss plans to construct a 50 MW PV plant in northern state of Kedah.


Eclareon examines PV competitiveness in seven countries

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

The company's new report found that in Germany and Italy, low PV installation prices, a low discount rate and high electricity prices compensate for low irradiation levels to reach grid parity.


Solar usage continues to soar in California

Sunpower project, San Luis Obispo

The state's grid operator is preparing for a major boost in renewable energy in 2020, when utilities will have to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.


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