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Yingli defaults on $270m loan, actively steps up restructuring process

Yingli PV production.

Debt worries mount for Chinese solar manufacturer as it misses payments of RMB 1.76 billion due today; issues statement saying it is stepping up ways to generate cash flow.

Tentusol to build 250 MW PV plant in Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

Spanish group Tentusol on Monday unveiled plans for a 250 MW photovoltaic project in the southern province of Cadiz. Last week local authorities announced another large-scale project in Valencia.

Samsung and Ontario row back on renewables commitment


Samsung has reduced by C$2 billion its commitment to wind and solar in Ontario. Provincial government denies the move has anything to do with recent WTO ruling against its FIT program's domestic content requirement.

Italian FIT payments to stop in July

The Italian flag.

Subsidy limit of €6.7 billion has been passed triggering a halt to future FIT payments from a point one month after the limit was reached. Italy is the third EU member state to halt its solar incentives.

No news is good news, the message from Beijing

Karel de Gucht.

Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht repeats desire for amicable solution to solar stand-off but talks with Chinese opposite number were not part of the latest EU-China Joint Committee. Technical negotiations on the issue have moved...

China Electric Equipment Group to develop 20 MW PV project in China

Xianjiang, China

China Electric Equipment Group has received approval from China's Development and Reform Commission to develop a 20 MW grid-connected PV power generation project in Xinjiang, China.

U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

NREL Campus Golden, Colorado

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

EU rules household PV systems exempt from VAT

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Austrian homeowner successfully argued he should not pay VAT when purchasing the system as it is used as an economic activity. Luxembourg based court agrees that regardless of profit or loss, a system which feeds into a grid for...

JinkoSolar supplies 25 MW of modules to India's first private solar park


Chinese manufacturer to supply modules for the project being developed by Indian turnkey provider Enrich Energy in Maharashtra state.

Chinese PV manufacturers setting up shop in Kenya

Kenyan flag

Facing punitive tariffs in the EU, Chinese solar panel makers are eagerly looking to African markets and the state-owned Jiangxi Corporation is helping to coordinate a $140 million solar power station in Garissa, Kenya, as a base...

Abengoa partners on 110 MW CSP project in Israel

Ashalim, Israel

Negev Energy, a joint company established by Spanish group Abengoa and Israel’s Shikun & Binui, has won a contract to build a 110 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in southern Israel.

Chile on track for 6 GW of solar projects

Atacama desert

Development of solar power projects are Chile has increased dramatically in recent months. The country’s Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA) has already approved 4 GW of new projects with an additional 2.2 GW currently under...

SMA braces for hefty drop in revenue

SMA inverter

Executives at German inverter manufacturer SMA have said that second quarter revenue will likely fall from €429 million a year ago to between €240 million and €280 million. The company continues to grapple with decreased demand,...

Intersolar Europe: tariffs to hit hard as questionable strategies emerge

Intersolar Europe 2013

Chinese companies are employing strategies to circumvent anti-dumping tariffs, such as exporting products to Croatia, according to industry sources at Intersolar Europe.

ET Solar completes 50 MW of new PV in Romania

ET Solar PV plant Romania

ET Solar Group has completed construction on three photovoltaic solar parks in Romania with a combined capacity of 28 MW. The company has installed a total of 50 MW in Romania so far this year -- an increase for the country of 48...

Martifer Solar builds 5 MWp plant in Ukraine

Martifer Solar Poroji PV plant

Martifer Solar is building a 5 MWp plant in Ukraine, the third photovoltaic facility it has constructed for Rengy Development. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is funding the project.

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