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Israel testing industry with lowest FIT rates possible

Ketura solar PV plant, Israel

Israel's electricity market regulator PUA surprised everyone on Tuesday by suggesting a feed-in tariff for the Timna solar park lower than initially agreed. Israel has decided to develop its PV sector further and is attempting to...


GT Advanced Technologies files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

GT's surprise bankruptcy filing follows on news that Apple will not use its sapphire screens for the iPhone 6. Like all major PV equipment makers, GT has also suffered from the severe three-year downturn in equipment spending.


'Focus on the core business': Exclusive interview with Conergy Americas CEO Anthony Fotopoulos

Conergy Americas on Monday announced the sale of its U.S. and Canadian distribution subsidiaries. pv magazine spoke with CEO Anthony Fotopoulos, who says that the move is part of an effort to focus on the company's downstream...


Canadian Solar clarifies status of Japanese pipeline

Canadian Solar chief exec Shawn Qu

Kyushu Electric Power in Japan has said it is suspending grid connection approval for new solar projects pending evaluation of its respective grid capacity availability, which it expects to comlpete by the second quarter of 2015.


Record quarter to push global PV to landmark 200 GW figure

Solar array in Japan.

Report by NPD Solarbuzz forecasts 19.5 GW of new PV capacity in the final quarter of the year, exceeding entire deployment for 2010.


Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Kuwait City

The solar farm is the Spanish company's first project in Kuwait and in the Middle East. It is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2015.


OneRoof Energy secures credit lines of $16.7 million

OneRoof Energy rooftop array

The San Diego-based company will use much of the new financing for its new residential solar fund and as working capital.


Greater energy efficiency target could deliver $100 billion boost to UK economy

Ed Davey and ministers.

Study by Cambridge Econometrics finds that a 40% reduction in the UK's energy use by 2030 could create 40,000 new jobs and deliver lower PV costs.


Phoenix Solar, Millennium Energy Industries team up in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

The German PV company and the Jordan-based energy group will jointly apply for tenders and plan plan to work togther in realizing PV projects in the Middle Eastern country.


Solar, wind grabbing more of nuclear energy share, study finds

Nuclear installation.

Worldwatch Institute finds that energy generation capacity from solar and wind power is eating into nuclear power's global energy share.


Ameren to add 45 MW of solar PV in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Announcement forms part of a 500 MW renewable energy drive outlined under local utility's 20-year integrated resource plan.


Westinghouse Solar secures $100 million financing for solar loan program

Rooftop array.

The subsidiary of CBD Energy Limited has struck a financing arrangement that it hopes will make solar installations more easily available to customers.


Election of EU energy commissioner proves thorny

European commissioner-designate for energy and climate action Miguel Arias Cañete

In a stormy hearing last week, Spanish commissioner-designate for energy and climate action Miguel Arias Cañete sought to dodge questions about his oil industry past and provided only vague answers to questions about energy and...


RGS Energy pulls out of large commercial solar

The company formerly known as Real Goods will focus on the residential sector, where it holds a top-10 position among installers, as well as commercial PV under 200 kW.


NRG moves deeper into U.S. residential solar with Pure Energies acquisition

The energy company plans to fold Pure Energies, which it describes as a leader in the area of web-based customer acquisition, into its NRG Home Solar business. This follows on NRG's acquisition of Roof Diagnostics Solar in March.


Vivint Solar IPO nets US$309 million despite troubled market

Vivint Solar has successfully launched its initial public offering under the symbol VSLR, as ongoing protests in Hong Kong impact global markets. The pricing of the company's shares came in US$16, the low end of estimates.


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