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Brazil to hold first federal PV auction this year

Brasilia, Brazil

The PV sector is heating up in Brazil, where developers remain excited about the country's growing electricity demand as solar becomes increasingly competitive with other sources of renewable energy.

Saudi solar plans taking shape

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The world's leading oil exporter has laid the groundwork for ambitious renewable energy plans in an effort to wean the country off fossil fuels. The country has set a target of 41 GW of solar power by 2032.

Solar, wind could save the US $7 billion in fossil-fuel costs

Adding wind and solar power to the grid is more cost-effective than switching fossil-fueled power plants on and off to make up for the intermittent nature of renewable energy, says the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

SEIA unveils roadmap to U.S.-China dispute settlement

US China flags

The U.S. solar industry trade organization has been working behind the scenes with U.S. and Chinese government officials to draw up a plan to resolve the ongoing trade dispute and benefit both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.

UAE solar association rebrands to reflect wider Middle East scope

The Emirates Solar Industry Association has been renamed as the Middle East Solar Industry Association (Mesia) in anticipation of expected growth in the region.

Missouri utility to sign PV power deal with Strata Solar

City Utilities is close to signing a contract to purchase electricity from a forthcoming 5 MW solar farm in eastern Greene County, Missouri, said to be the biggest in the state.

Germany's Vaillant Group set to make inroads in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Vaillant is eager to expand operations in Kazakhstan, where the company is expecting a 50% sales growth rate in the next four years. The group is confident its German-made products can compete with those of overseas rivals.

Utilities in several US states plan ways to make solar customers pay more

Homeowners with solar panels that feed into the grid are getting too good a deal, say some state utilities, with plans afoot to readdress the balance.

Hanwha Q CELLS supplies 4.5 MW project in France

Mazaugues, France

French renewable energy group VSB has tapped Hanwha Q CELLS modules for its solar farm in southeastern France, saying their reliability as well as Hanwha Q CELLS' carbon certificate were decisive factors.

Philippines to reach 5 MW solar capacity by year's end

The Philippines is on course to more than double its solar capacity to 5 MW before the end of 2013, according to the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA).

Italian court orders additional siezures of Suntech solar farms

Suntech HQ

As part of an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into the operation of Suntech-owned Global Solar Fund, the court also ordered the confiscation of feed-in-tariffs received by GFE investees companies.

Energy Trend: PV manufacturers shifting focus to China

Shanghai, China

Leading PV manufacturers are increasingly heading to eastern markets, particularly China, according to Taiwan-based research group TrendForce.

Delhi offers a new dimension for PV

A report by Greenpeace India details the opportunities for PV in India's capital. While rejecting subsidies, the report calls for the use of government buildings to achieve a 2 GW target by 2018.

German solar industry hoping for new opportunities following election

Angela Merkel, World Economic Forum

Angela Merkel solidified her grip on power in Germany while losing her junior coalition party. Although an unlikely prospect, a CDU-Green team-up would likely prove the best option for Germany's solar industry.

Chile and India collaborate on renewable energy plans

Chile has called upon India's burgeoning renewable energy expertise to help the country implement and diversify its renewable energy sector.

Global energy company E.ON moves towards solar as newest board member at SEIA

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) this week welcomed global energy company E.ON, headquartered in Essen, Germany, as the newest addition to its board of directors.

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