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Etrion, Hitachi to build 34 MW of utility-scale PV projects in Japan

City of Morioka, Mount Iwate, Japan

Etrion is one of the first foreign independent power producers to secure Japanese domestic financing for utility-scale solar plants. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank provided is funding the projects.

Sharp continues retreat from overseas solar

A Sharp building.

The Japanese electronic giant will close its U.S. panel production a month after manufacturing halts in Wales. The move is in line with the parent company's strategy of focusing on domestic and Asian markets.

Solar Frontier connects Asia's largest airport PV plant

Kansai International Airport.

Lift-off for the 11.6 MW PV plant at Japan's Kansai International Airport was confirmed today by Solar Frontier.

Triple whammy for U.S.-listed Chinese firms

The U.S. Department of Commerce.

News of a ban on the big four accountants auditing U.S.-listed Chinese solar companies is more grim news for manufacturers. The development came on the day the SEC confirmed its latest AD and CVD probes.

Martifier Solar USA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Solar PV installation in the USA.

The U.S. subsidiary of Portugal's Martifer Solar has sought creditor protection on the basis that it has sufficient assets to meet third-party obligations.

Hanergy considers module fab in Ivory Coast

Hanergy exutives in Ivory Coast

The Chinese group's CEO, Li Hejun, met with Ivory Coast President Alassane Outtara to discuss a $500 million solar project.

Saudi Arabia taps German knowhow

K.A.CARE's Mahar Alodan and Eicke R. Weber, director of Fraunhofer ISE

Germany's Fraunhofer ISE will work with Saudi Arabia's renewable and nuclear energy agency K.A.CARE on research and development in areas such as PV technology, energy storage and grid integration.

German solar group blasts government plans to tax self-consumption

Solarworld, Germany

Taxing solar self-consumers is akin to forcing people to pay a levy on homegrown vegetables in order to subsidize the farming industry, says the BSW-Solar lobby group.

ReneSola sets up South African sales office

Solar PV in Cape Town.

The global PV manufacturer's new South African base will oversee sales and marketing efforts for the entire African continent.

juwi acquires Australia's Qi Power

Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi's regional director for Asia Pacific.

In taking over the young company, juwi can offer solar and wind technologies in remote areas in Australia as well as EPC services for utility-scale projects.

Canadian Solar teams with Silvercreek on 10 MW solar plant

Algonquin Cache Lake, Ontario.

The utility scale project is Silvercreek's first, and will be located in Elgin County, Ontario.

France, Germany forging PV alliance

Francois Hollande, Bastille Day

French President Francois Hollande supports plans to build a giant PV module plant with an initial annual production capacity of 1 GW and which could expand up to 5 GW.

First Solar breaks ground deep in the heart of Texas

First Solar

The Arizona solar giant is breaking ground in Pecos County, where locals are eager to embrace solar despite a rich legacy in oil and gas.

European Commission unveils climate, energy targets

BMWi production, Leipzig

With the Europe's "industrial renaissance" looming above all, critics say the EC's 2030 climate and energy goals will do little for the green tech sector or the world's climate.

Capital Stage, Belectric welcome German energy minister's proposals

Berlin skyline

For Germany's big renewable energy players, clarity is of the utmost importance. For Belectric, the introduction of a tender system for ground-mounted PV plants can’t come soon enough.

Thesan, Power-One partner on 9 MW PV project in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

"Romania offers the ideal topographical and political conditions for the installation of solar parks, which makes it a perfect investment target," says Power-One's Alessandra Romoli.

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