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Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Kuwait City

The solar farm is the Spanish company's first project in Kuwait and in the Middle East. It is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2015.

JA Solar modules pass 'extreme environmnent' tests

JA Solar module inspection

The China Quality Certification Center has designed new testing methods to fairly evaluate the performance of the solar modules in extreme environments, according to the company.

US challenges India's domestic content requirement

PV manufacturing in India

The White House argues that India's domestic content requirements not only hinder international cooperation on clean energy but also make solar energy more expensive for the country.

SunEdison to close polysilicon fab in Italy

Merano, Italy

As part of its global restructuring plans to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness, the U.S. company will also consolidate its semiconductor crystal operations.

Polysilicon demand to rise 25% in 2014

Solar polysilicon.

Module shipping expectations of 49 GW this year is driving demand, according to NPD Solarbuzz, which predicts the reduction in the amount of polysilicon needed per watt will continue but at a reduced rate.

Tokyo elects pro-nuclear governor

The Tokyo skyline.

It is unclear what the election signifies for the Japanese solar industry. A pro-nuclear stance could mean a regression of generous solar FITs but it could also be an endorsement of the regime that introduced them.

Indian state of Tamil Nadu lowers solar roadmap target

Tamil Nadu, India

Local energy experts have welcomed the tweak, which relieves the burden on high energy consumers and instead puts the onus to meet solar targets on the state utility.

German consortium signs 5 MW deal in India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Solea AG and Pinpoint Ventures are planning to develop solar projects in India with a total capacity of 200 MW in the next three years.

SEIA proposes deal to remove US and Chinese duties

Rhone Resch.

US Industry body the SEIA says Chinese manufacturers could pay into a fund for their American counterparts in return for all duties being lifted. The group also wants China to remove its polysilicon duties.

Wacker Poly sales rise brings only limited benefits

Wacker polysilicon is inspected.

Parent company Wacker Chemie AG had to rely on its core chemicals businesses to make up for 'persistently low' polysilicon prices. But Wacker's polysilicon division saw a 7% sales rise, year-on-year, in the fourth quarter.

Plans unveiled for 19.5 MW PV plant in Hampshire, England

The New Forest, Hampshire.

The solar park would be located in Test Valley, southern England, and owned by Germany's Kronos Solar Projects.

Taiwanese cell makers fear duties amid booming demand

A satellite image f Taiwan.

Cell and wafer manufacturers in Taiwan are reporting record figures. But the industry is reportedly concerned about moves by Chinese module makers to represent it in talks with the U.S. authorities.

Bombardier given green light for 3.8 MW PV installation in Belfast

The Lagan, Belfast.

The rooftop array will be installed at the company's wing-assembly plant in Northern Ireland as part of Bombardier’s renewable energy focus.

REC Solar to focus on commercial market

Commercial installation, USA.

REC Solar will continue to serve the commercial sector after it was announced that the U.S. solar company's residential operations were recently acquired by Sunrun.

Australia's solar industry prepares for battle

Australia Future Farm

The government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks set to gut the country's Renewable Energy Target program. Critics accuse Abbott of having misrepresented his stance on renewables.

Allianz: 'Product quality is crucial'

Allianz office in Berlin

Interview: Matthias Jäger, head of Risk Advisory & Services at Allianz Climate Solutions in Berlin, discusses key aspects of risk assessment and how economic and political changes impact bankability checks.

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