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UK SMEs should opt for FIT, says energy minister

Energy Minister Matthew Hancock's comments have angered the U.K.'s Solar Trade Association.

Matthew Hancock tells U.K. Climate Change Committee that small businesses should steer clear from the Contracts for Difference funding scheme.


Indian manufacturers dismiss threat to NSM

A solar farm in Gujarat, India.

The country's solar manufacturing association says domestic producers and non dumping exporters can more than meet the demand for solar in India. Power minister Piyush Goyal this week said the imposition of AD duties on imports...


SolarWorld calls for WTO action over hacking

The flag of China.

Pro-tariff solar manufacturer SolarWorld says China should be the subject of a case at the WTO for violating international trade secret agreements. The U.S. subsidiary of the German manufacturer was allegedly hacked by members of...


UK solar power generation increases 77% in 12 months

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker visits a solar facility, U.K.

While the U.K.'s main energy companies are accused of profiteering, solar has assumed a larger role in the country's energy landscape despite impending subsidy cuts.


Canadian Solar agrees 140 MW EPC contract with Samsung

Ontario Flag, Canada.

The deal represents the largest EPC agreement in Canada's history, and will culminate in the creation of a 140 MW solar plant for the city of Kingston.


ZNShine Solar signs $680 million PV deal as UK-China bond strengthens

Li Keqiang and David Cameron.

During the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the UK to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, China's ZNShine Solar secured a $680 million deal with UK's MAP Environmental.


Japan Solar Power Network to add 29 MW of rooftop solar

Rooftop solar, Japan

The Tokyo-based distributed power generation company has partnered with Beisia Corporation to fit 33 buildings with rooftop PV systems totaling 29 MW.


Add a pinch of salt for cheaper solar, say scientists

Salt deposits, Bolivia.

British scientists have discovered that magnesium chloride (salt found in seawater) is an effective replacement for cadmium chloride used during the production of solar panels, and is both a cheaper and less toxic alternative.


Indian state of West Bengal plans 250 MW mega PV plant

Indian flag.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hopes to secure permission next week for the $365 million project, which will be located near the Purulia Pumping Storage Project.


Three Washington D.C. universities plan 52 MW PV project

George Washington University.

Duke Energy Renewables will supply solar modules to George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital as part of the Capital Partners Solar Project.


Yingli most preferred solar brand, finds IHS survey

Yingli Solar booth, Intersolar Europe.

A customer insight survey by market research company IHS has found that Yingli Solar was the top preferred brand in the PV industry in 2013.


Texas Solar Power Association launched

San Antonio skyline, Texas.

Devised to help advance solar's growing prominence in the oil-rich state, the Texas Solar Power Association will seek to promote state solar business interests.


US: 2014 to be peak year for solar leasing model, says GTM Research

Solar installation, U.S.

Having outpaced the overall U.S. PV market for the first time, growth in the residential solar sector is being spurred by the solar leasing model, with 2014 likely to be the pinnacle. Solar loans will drive direct ownership from...


Anesco targets 30 MW PV development of UK brownfield site

Colliery in England, U.K.

The British energy company has identified a number of former coal mines in the north of England as prime locations for 30 MW of solar PV installations.


Chronic under-utilization in Indian PV manufacturing, study finds

AEG Bangalore facility.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released figures that show only 297 MW of the country's 1.38 GW solar cell production capacity is currently under operation. The situation is only slightly better for the solar...


Niche PV markets to grow to 1.2 GW in a decade, says Lux Research

BIPV installation, Willis Building.

Led by steady growth in the building integrated photovoltaics sector, niche solar markets will prove a steady growth path for thin-film suppliers over the next ten years.


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