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UK: subsidy-free solar to soar by 2020, report finds

Commercial installation, UK.

Relentless cost reductions will allow solar to prosper in the UK without support schemes as early as 2020, finds a report from think-do tank Thema1.


Nine out of 10 Indian solar companies imported dumped goods

Only three of India's solar manufacturers failed to benefit from importing solar products dumped from the US, China, Taiwan and Malaysia, according to a ministry of commerce AD investigation.

India special report: Ministry of Commerce officials classed the original three anti dumping complainants as the only Indian solar companies not to have benefited from importing dumped goods from the U.S., China, Taiwan and...


Canadian Solar attempted to exclude its products from Indian anti-dumping probe

Canadian Solar rooftop installation, Windsor, NSW, Australia

India special report: The Chinese-Canadian company attempted to argue its panels should be excluded from the anti-dumping investigation because of differences between them and Indian-made products.


Egypt looking to boost renewable energy production

Cairo, Egypt

Finance Minister Hani Kadri Demian: "We are seriously working on adopting any project enabling Egypt to use renewable energy and achieve extreme savings in fuels."


Debate rages over thin film vs crystalline product definition

Opponents to the imposition of AD duties on U.S., Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar products in India say thin flim products should not have been included in the investigation.

India special report: One of the cornerstone arguments of opponents to the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese, Taiwanese, U.S. and Malaysian products in India was that thin film should be excluded from the investigation.


First Solar sells Macho Springs solar project

First Solar PV installation

The 50 MW plant, the largest PV installation yet in New Mexico, is the third project First Solar has sold to Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy.


Chinese producers offered Indian price agreement

India's new PM, Narendra Modi, could ignore his Ministry of Commerce's decision to apply AD duties to solar cells made in the U.S., China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Five Chinese producers offered an EU-style minimum price commitment to try to ward off AD duties in India. The Indian authorities said such an arrangement would be 'impractical to monitor.'


Buffett joins renewables-fossil fuels battle

Warren Buffett's PR Newswire agency has run a report calling on Congress to reinstate PTCs for wind power biofuels and energy efficiency technologies.

The veteran investor's news agency is running a report highlighting the employment cost of federal uncertainty over production tax credits. The report calls on state legislators to resist attacks on renewables policies.


Hanwha SolarOne supplies modules for 7.3 MW PV parks in Germany and UK

Hanwha modules ready for shipping

The two PV plants from German EPC contractor IdeemaSun add further capacity to Europe's most dynamic PV markets.


GCL-Poly inks contracts for 4.15 GW of solar projects

GCL-Poly polysilicon factory.

The Chinese renewable energy company will partner with Guodian and Huanghe on a series of solar farms that, combined, will add 4.15 GW to GCL's PV portfolio.


'World's largest single-axis plant' complete

The world's largest single-axis solar project has been completed near the Californian city of Calexico.

Spanish EPC provider Abengoa commissioned and constructed the Mount Signal project in 16 months. Google provided more than $100 million of the project funding.


Californian solar storage exemption offers PV push

Solar energy storage systems of less than 10 kW are now exempt from interconnection fees in a new ruling that will offer a boost for PV in the state.


Solarcentury installs PV plant in Kenya

Solarcentury's Changoi Tea Farm 1 MW plant

The solar project, located at the Changoi Tea Farm, is one of the largest in East Africa. The installation marks British solar company's growing international activities in emerging markets.


Enel begins construction of 100 MW PV plants in Chile

Enel Green Power 60 MW Lalackama plant, Chile

Budgeted at $180 million, the two projects will generate some 254 gigawatt hours a year -- the equivalent of 143,000 Chilean households.


PV installations in China to reach 13.5 GW, including 4 GW of rooftop, says IHS

Optomy rooftop PV system, China

Despite some lower estimates by industry sources, IHS is standing by its earlier forecast for distributed PV installations in China this year.


SNEC: China's PV growth faces challenges

Shanghai New International Expo Center

The market is on the path for growth but still faces major hurdles: European equipment and inverter manufacturers in particular face intensifying Chinese competition, while the country's ambitious targets won't be reached unless...


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