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GCL New Energy to develop 661 MW of PV projects in China

GCL solar plant

The Chinese company is partnering with Hebei Yuanchen on a 500 MW plant in Hebei province and building 161 MW of projects in Inner Mongolia following its acquisition of Xiangdao.

Leading PV markets see pipeline grow to 95 GW

NPD Solarbuzz 2014 solar project graph

Commercial and utility-scale projects make up half of the 4,300 projects in the planning in leading PV countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

Helios Resource to launch new solar panel fab in Russia

Moscow, Russia

While industry watchers see increasing foreign interest in Russia's growing solar market, tough local content requirements could dampen investment.

Solar Frontier soars to profitability

Solar Frontier

The Japanese thin-film module manufacturer helped its corporate unit reach profitability for the first time ever ast year due to increased business in the growing domestic market.

Global consortium collaborates on 8.5 MW Rwanda solar plant

Northwestern Rwanda landscape.

The consortium is being led by Norway's Scatec Solar and Dutch developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief, with additional funding from U.K., U.S., Finnish and Austrian governments.

First EBRD-funded solar PV plant commissioned in Ukraine

Ukraine flags.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has supported the commissioning of a 4.5 MW plant in Ukraine's Vinnitsa Oblast to the tune of €4.1 million.

Solar business bustling for Entegro Turkey

Entegro Turkey project

In Turkey, unlicensed projects of below 1 MW are booming. A German-Turkish joint venture is seeing intense activity in the sector, which is anticipating a major boost due to new regulations and incentives.

Green Party policy to fund New Zealand household solar

New Zealand.

Households would be able to borrow up to NZ$15,000 from public funds to pay for household solar systems. The opposition Labor Party has voiced interest in the idea.

Duke Energy issues 300 MW solar energy request in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina.

The company's Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to assist its efforts in meeting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Panama's first solar plant begins operation

National Park in Panama

The 2.4 MW plant, which cost an estimated $10 million, was inaugurated last week by Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.

No-fly zone: California solar thermal farm proves fatal to birds

Ivanpah solar thermal project, California

Concerns over the Ivanpah solar thermal power project's potential dangers to wildlife appear to be growing and could lead to greater support for photovoltaic technology.

SolarWorld trumpets ITC decision

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The US subsidiary of German manufacturer SolarWorld welcomed the ITC verdict 20 minutes after it was announced. SolarWorld America claims Chinese producers enjoy no unsubsidised cost advantage over US rivals.

ITC announces dates for duties decisions

Shipping containers.

The preliminary AD verdict is expected on March 26 and a CVD decision on June 9. The commission arrived at a unanimous verdict that Chinese goods are unfairly harming U.S. manufacturers.

ITC finds dumping and subsidy damage from Taiwanese cells

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The International Trade Commission has just revealed its 'affirmative' decision. Preliminary AD duties are now due to be decided upon next month.

Branson leads renewables charge on Necker

The Dominican Republic.

The charismatic Virgin founder hopes to introduce a pan-Caribbean commitment to renewables. Branson is using his private island home as a test bed for the region.

GCL-Poly acquires stake in circuit board business

A GCL-Poly solar development at Zhongwei Ningxia.

Chinese wafer and polysilicon manufacturer GCL-Poly will spend $186 million to take a two-thirds interest in Same Time Holdings. The move will see both parties focus on solar plant development.

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