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US solar duty violated trade rules, WTO finds

Suntech solar panels from China.

The World Trade Organization ruled on Monday that U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels broke international trade rules.

Turkey eyeing one-third renewable energy target for 2023

Solar PV installation in Turkey.

The country's Energy Market Regulatory Authority predicts solar PV capacity to reach 3 GW by 2023.

India pushes back solar auction deadline for second time

Cityscape of Delhi, India.

The country's state-run Solar Energy Corp. -- which is set to conduct the 750 MW auction -- says solar developers are concerned many state utilities will be unable to pay for power produced.

Hanwha SolarOne to supply modules for 11.5 MW UK PV project

Beach at Norfolk, England.

The modules will be supplied to solar wholesaler Ikaros Solar, and will be installed in a solar park in the county of Norfolk, England.

China WindPower to receive $942 million PV development loan

Qinghai province, China.

The China Development Bank will loan the country's largest renewable energy company the funds to develop 800 MW of solar projects.

Net-energy metering rollbacks unlikely to impact US states in 2014

Net-energy metering image

Some U.S. states are looking to revamp net-energy metering programs but potential changes will not impact solar markets this year, according to research group IHS.

Phaesun: Generating income locally

Phaesun CEO Tobias Zwirner

German wholesaler and system integrator Phaesun offers off-grid applications in regions with no or inadequate electricity grids, thus helping communities become economically independent.

Ford unveils new solar-powered concept car

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept vehicle

Partnering with SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ford has created a hybrid vehicle that uses a solar panel system and special concentrator technology to charge its battery.

Canadian Solar sells Ontario solar power plant to TransCanada

Mississippi Mills, Ontario

The 10 MW facility, valued at some $60 million, is the fourth of a total of nine solar plants Canadian Solar is building for TransCanada.

Yingli, Datong launch joint venture in China

Yingli Solar PV production

The new joint venture between Yingli Green Energy and the Datong Coal Mine Group will develop and construct solar power plants in the city of Shuozhou.

US solar stocks rising at dawn of 2014

SunEdison image

Industry analysts expect the positive momentum seen in the solar sector throughout 2013 to continue in the new year. The U.S. Congress' tax reform could have long-term implications for U.S. investors and industry players, however.

Romania halves certificates for solar PV starting January 2014

Flag of Romania.

The government will cut green certificates next year for all renewable energy projects finished after January, 2014, with solar PV certificates down to three per megawatt, from six currently.

Is solar in Spain losing its shine?

Moron de la Frontera, Spain.

Provisional 2013 Spanish figures show that while renewables continue to dominate, further growth for the solar sector is in doubt.

UK energy minister to call for 4 million more solar panels

Greg Barker at University of Salford.

Greg Barker is expected to announce ambitious plans to dramatically increase the U.K.'s solar capacity in the new year.

Scotland tops 100 MW solar milestone

Orkney Islands.

Official figures show that Scotland now has 106 MW of PV capacity installed, a growth of 36% in just one year.

JinkoSolar connects 80 MW PV project to China grid

Chinese river.

The four solar farms bring the Chinese solar company's annual grid connection capacity to 213 MW for 2013.

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