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UK embraces nuclear, gives energy intensive sector free ride

George Osborne, chancellor of the Exchequer

David Cameron's government is aiming to make the U.K. a leader in nuclear reactor technology while spending billions on cleaning up ageing nuclear sites. While eliminating environmental tariffs for big industry, it's also...

KKR acquires 69 MW PV project in Ontario

Canada, Ontario, solar photovoltaic plant First Solar Enbridge

Investment company KKR & Co. L.P. has acquired Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC’s 69 MW Sault Ste. Marie (SSM) photovoltaic project, located in Ontario, Canada.

Europe allocates €5.1 billion for energy, including solar

EU flags

As the dust settles following all-night negotiations between Europe's heads of state over the next EU budget, the embattled solar industry has been digesting news of an increase of 20% for the energy budget to 2020.

TPO solar model worth $5.5 billion in 2016

A Solar City installation team.

The third-party ownership (TPO) model could become "the most significant innovation in the U.S. solar market," according to a report this week from GTM Research.

Isofotón continues to deny insolvency rumors

Isofoton HQ

According to reports, Isofotón has started pre-insolvency proceedings. However, the Spanish photovoltaic equipment manufacturer has again stated that is not insolvent. It has, however, informed the proper authorities in Spain on...

Study into why German PV is cheaper than US

A German solar installation.

An in-depth study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has tried to identify why residential photovoltaic systems are so much cheaper in Germany than in the U.S.

Fluor given go ahead for phase 2 of 170 MW PV project

Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line.

Fluor Corporation has received a notice-to-proceed on the second phase of the 170 MW Centinela Solar Energy Facility from Centinela Solar Energy, LLC.

Isofotón signs 150 MW PV project agreement in Mexico

Isofotón HQ Spain

Isofotón has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Yucatán state government in Mexico to develop a 150 MW photovoltaic plant. Construction is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2014.

E-CL plans 40 MW Chilean PV park

Chile flag

Chilean utility company E-CL has submitted a Declaration of Environmental Impact (DIA) for a new 40 MW photovoltaic project worth around US$100 million to Chile’s environmental evaluation service (SEA).

Japan and EU cross appeal Ontario WTO ruling

The WTO (World Trade Organization) recently ruled that the local content requirement within Ontario's FIT program violates global trade rules. Ontario has already appealed the decision, but now Japan and the EU are counter...

Germany: Severe renewable energy cuts planned

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Environment and Economy Ministers aim to save over €1.8 billion over the next year. One proposal will see all photovoltaic installations bigger than 150 kW, which are connected to the German grid from August 1, sell...

Greece prepares for more retroactive PV cuts

Greece Conergy solar photovoltaic rooftop plant

Greece’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) is expected to introduce retroactive photovoltaic feed-in tariff cuts to parliament. The goal is to reduce the burgeoning RES Fund deficit, which is forecast to...

Customized PV strategy required for APAC region

Suntech solar photovoltaic multi-crystalline module

Photovoltaic demand in the APAC (Asia Pacific) region is expected to increase 50% year-on-year. However, analysts warn that business strategies must be tailored to the individual countries, following the emergence of "discrete"...

Indian trade war a costly distraction

India solar photovoltaic plant Conergy

The Indian solar market appeared to have some momentum until it initiated an anti-dumping investigation against China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the U.S. For a solar market still in its infancy, starting a trade war could become a...

PV 2013: No guts, no glory

Solar photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaics will see expansion during 2013, but those who are looking to invest globally must study the landscape and take astute risks – exemplifying the attitude, "No guts, no glory." A local presence in key developed...

Wacker sees increasing polysilicon demand

Wacker Chemie polysilicon

Wacker Chemie AG has reinstated full time working hours at its German polysilicon factory following increased demand.

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