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Turkey: New directive sees import duties on solar modules

Solar modules coming into Turkey will be subjected to import tax from this December

Turkey has issued a new directive, which will see solar modules charged an import tax of around US$125, determined by weight. The new regulation will apply to all PV manufacturers outside of Turkey from December 19.

UK’s ROC changes to boost PV supplier revenues in Q1 2013

UK solar photovoltaic park

Photovoltaic module and balance of system component suppliers are expected to see increased revenues in Q1 2013, ahead of changes to the U.K.’s renewable obligation certificate (ROC) scheme.

Renewable energy investment to fall in 2012; emerging markets rule the roost

Romani solar photovoltaic plant

Indications are that renewable energy investments will fall in 2012 for the first time in 8 years. However, the news is not all bad, says Ernst & Young, with continuing capacity additions and "booming" emerging market activity....

Spanish Senate raises energy tax

Spain solar photovoltaic park Solarpack

Along with all producers of electricity in Spain, owners of solar power plants will have to pay an energy tax of 7% on top of their feed-in tariffs. The Spanish industry expects an increase of bankruptcies on the back of the news.

Brazil receives nearly 1 GW of new PV applications

Brazil flag

Brazil’s national electricity regulator ANEEL recently announced the receipt of 21 new requests for regulatory authorization to develop and operate new photovoltaic plants totaling almost 1 GW of planned generation capacity.

Gildemeister lands contracts worth €29 million

A solar park in Romania.

Germany-based renewables company Gildemeister has secured contracts worth €29.2 million (US$38.4 million) for solar energy storage projects in Romania, Italy and Germany.

UK: DECC's RO solar decision meets with mixed response

A solar park in the UK.

U.K. lobby group the Solar Trade Association (STA) has partly welcomed a decision by the government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to row back on a proposal to tie the support given to utility-scale photovoltaic...

Smart grid and CSP schemes among EU's €1.2 billion handout recipients

A Schott Solar CSP installation in Germany.

The EU has announced more than €1.2 billion (US$1.6 billion) of funding for renewable generation projects, including more than €200 million for concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Greece and Cyprus, and €8.2 million for a...

IHS releases 2013 PV predictions

China solar photovoltaic park Qinghai

Falling prices and consolidation will remain in 2013, predicts IHS. Despite this, photovoltaic installations are expected to grow, the demand-supply balance is likely to be restored and China is set to become the biggest global...

Top PV module suppliers developing own utility projects

A First Solar project in Dhursan, Rajasthan.

Research from Wiki-Solar has found that the most successful module providers to utility-scale photovoltaic plants are developing their own projects to accommodate their products.

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Fraunhofer granted $11 million SunShot plug-and-play grant

Governor Patrick visits the solar system at Sunsetter Products.

The U.S. Department of Energy has committed a further US$11.7 million of funding to develop plug-and-play solar systems through its SunShot initiative.

Cyprus: Energy regulator issues 18 licenses for PV parks

Cyprus flag

The Cypriot Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) announced on Friday 14 December the results of its recent application call for photovoltaic projects ranging from 20 KW to 150 KW. Overall, 18 applications were approved...

India identifies 54 solar cities; releases JNNSM figures

India solar photovoltaic project Conergy

It has been announced that 54 cities in India will be designated "Solar Cities". In related news, grid connected photovoltaic projects worth 1.04 GW are said to have been commissioned under the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru...

SunPower reaches $19.7 million class action settlement

SunPower solar photovoltaic plant Tolosa

SunPower Corp. has agreed to settle a private securities class action suit, which was launched against itself and members of its management, for US$19.7 million.

Sunways announces further restructuring changes

Sunways solar photovoltaic facade

In addition to cutting around half of its workforce, Sunways has announced it will focus its future activities on specialist applications. It will also reduce solar cell production.

PV Crystalox unveils "radical" restructuring

PV Crystalox

PV Crystalox Solar plc has announced it will discontinue polysilicon production in Germany and "substantially" reduce ingot and wafer production in the U.K. and Germany, respectively.

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