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China paving way for electric vehicles

Tesla solar electric car

In the past week, the government has set a 30% share for state-purchased cars and exempted new energy cars from sales tax.

Asia Pacific training program launched at PVAP

NUS, Singapore

The PV Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore has unveiled a new international solar training program between universities in Singapore, Australia and the U.S. The confab also paid tribute to industry players.

ABB supplies inverters for 17 MW Israeli plants

The central inverters have successfully fed power to Israel's power distribution network, delivering approximately 26-28 MWh of clean energy a year.

Exclusive: Enel acquires more than 100 MW in Greece

Piraeus Port, Greece

In a move so far kept strictly under wraps, Italian utility company Enel has purchased licenses to build 102.5 MW of new solar PV parks in Greece.

Manz secures 20.8% CIGS cell technology

Dieter Manz, Kay Orgassa of Manz AG.

The Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) has announced the production of a world record efficiency 20.8% CIGS cell. Equipment supplier Manz has secured exclusive rights to the technology in its...

Swaziland to construct 100 MW solar farm

The new $185 million PV installation will be the first of its kind in the southern African nation, generating clean power at $0.12 per kWh.

GP Renewables to buy $15 million of east coast solar systems

The Manhattan-based energy services company hopes their investment will reinvigorate the region's Solar Renewable Energy Credit program.

International partners join ASU on SunShot-funded cell efficiency endeavor

UNSW in Sydney, Australia

Australia's UNSW and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working with Arizona State University, Caltech and MIT to produce high-efficiency, ultra-thin silicon solar cells.

JAG Energy to build 13 MW solar plant in Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The facility, which will be equipped with Toshiba panels, will supply Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Uruguay receives 11 bids for PV projects totaling 27 MW

Uruguay salto

The State-owned UTE is fielding offers from a request for proposal to install solar parks of up to 1 and 5 MW. The auction follows the country's recent program to add 200 MW of solar to its energy mix.

LDK Solar arranges second 30-day payment extension

The debt-saddled manufacturer has negotiated another 30-day period in which it will pay no interest on its loans as the company explores financing options.

Solar Frontier delivers 86 MW to Chiyoda for multiple Japan projects

The solar manufacturer has supplied its CIS solar panels for 18 separate installations across Japan, with Chiyoda Corporation performing EPC services.

US public land solar auction fails to attract bidders

Inaugural federal auction held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), arranged in response to growing private sector interest in solar development, receives no bids.

EU-China talks dwell on subsidies

Karel de Gucht.

The latest round of high level trade talks between the EU and China touched upon the tricky subject of subsidies and state-owned enterprises. Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht was involved in the fourth HED talks, in Brussels.

Indian state Madhya Pradesh targets 1.4 GW of solar power by 2015

With 202 MW currently installed, the state has set a target of 1,200 MW of solar power generation capacity by June 2015.

GCL Poly profits up to $47 million

A GCL Poly manufacturing facility.

The solar developer's third-quarter update paints a healthy pciture. Staffing costs at GCL Poly have almost halved this year.

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