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Emirates Insolaire completes first 3 colored solar panel projects, unveils future plans

Emirates Insolaire LLC has completed what it says is the world’s first installation of colored solar panels – a 12 kWp building façade in Switzerland. To date, it has executed three projects, all in Europe. With commercial-scale...

Identifying emerging PV technologies

Lux Research has developed a Disruptive PV Technology Grid, which allows quantitative evaluation of new photovoltaic technologies for their cost reduction potential and time to market.

China Sunergy shifts strategic focus; announces Q1 results

China Sunergy HQ

China Sunergy has seen some financial improvement in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. The company is still suffering losses, however. Looking ahead, it will shift its market focus and invest more in downstream segments.

Taiwan solar cell makers to see boost on back of China tariffs, but will effects be long-term?

Taiwan Yong An Solar Park

Taiwan looks likely to see a substantial boost to its solar cell industry following the latest U.S.-China trade case announcement, but will it be enough to offset declining margins and the industry’s core issue – overcapacity in...

Ukraine targeting 1 GW PV by 2013

31.55 MW solar photovoltaic project Ukraine

Ukraine is said to be targeting a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of one gigawatt (GW) by 2013. Overall, investment in new facilities is expected to reach €2 billion.

Israel: APC reaches financial close on 58.5 MW worth of PV projects

Israel Ketura solar photovoltaic plant

Arava Power Company (APC) has reached financial close on eight photovoltaic plants in Israel worth 58.5 megawatts (MW).

Inventux files for insolvency

Inventux HQ Germany

Berlin-based Inventux Technologies AG is the next German photovoltaic company to announce insolvency.

South Africa announces PV projects under second bidding round

South Africa rooftop solar PV installation

South Africa’s Department of Energy has approved nine new photovoltaic projects, which are expected to see an additional 417 megawatts (MW) added to the national grid by 2016.

Japan-US smart grid demonstration project announced

Albuquerque aerial Image

Nine Japanese companies have launched a smart grid demonstration project in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

China: JinkoSolar supplies modules to 50 MW PV project

China flag

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd has said it will supply 50 megawatts (MW) worth of its modules to a state-owned photovoltaic project. It is expected to come online this year.

BMW heir wants Solarwatt

Solarwatt HQ Dresden Germany

BMW heir, Stefan Quandt has expressed his interest in Dresden-based Solarwatt. Germany’s Federal Cartel Authority is currently examining the takeover proposal.

WTO dispute strains the limits of friendship and fair trade

Ontario Lily Lake Solar Farm photovoltaics

In what can only be described as a "Bizarro World" scenario, even as Canada continued to take the heat last week for the domestic content requirement in Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT.2) scheme, legislators in Washington, DC,...

SunEdison to build 20 MW Arizona PV park

Picture Rocks, Arizona

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. subsidiary, SunEdison has signed a loan agreement worth US$65 million with the North American Development Bank (NADB). The funds will be used towards the construction of a 20 megawatt (MW)...

Belectric installs 1 GW

Germany 67.8MW solar photovoltaic project Belectric

Germany-based Belectric says it has installed one gigawatt (GW) of photovoltaics worldwide. The "milestone" was achieved following the commissioning of a series of multi-megawatt projects at the start of this week.

GCL and Isofoton unveil 1 GW solar plans

Isofoton HQ Spain

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and Isofoton S.A. have signed a memorandum of understanding, under which they plan to develop one gigawatt (GW) worth of solar plants across the globe.

US contemplates solar domestic content requirement rules

Chinese solar photovoltaic module manufacturing, BYD

Two U.S. Senators have unveiled their plans to introduce a domestic content requirement, in order to prevent Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers from taking advantage of the country’s 30 percent tax credit.

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