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Sub-Saharan Africa commissions 1.8 GW RE capacity this year

60 kW PV installation in Kenya.

South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya lead renewable energy surge, with more clean power to be added this year than entire 2000-13 period.

Israeli PV take off slow, but potential exists

Siemens' first Israeli project under construction is a 4.9 MW ground-mounted PV plant at Kibbutz Ketura (pictured)

Speaking to pv magazine IHS iSuppli examines both Israel’s PV prospects and its administrative hurdles. Soltec Renewable Energies and Siemens additionally outline their plans for the country, which include the installation of 52...

PVEL secures 2 new Californian facilities

Jenya Meydbray, CEO of PV Evolution Labs.

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) has moved into two new facilities in California, the U.S. One, located in Davis, will allow for field testing, while the second, in Berkley, comprises laboratory and office space.

UK STA and REA join forces

Sanyo PV modules on UK rooftop

The UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) and Renewable Energy Association (REA) have announced they will join forces.

India: New PV tax measures announced

Vikram Solar PV modules

Changes to India’s 2011 to 2012 Union Budget have seen solar modules and lanterns reclassified as renewable energy items, rather than electrical items. This means they are now exempt from customs duty.

Italy: PV cap debate heats up

ae photonics Pv installation in Italy

The debate over whether a cap should be placed on Italy’s PV market or not is hotting up. While one minister has been quoted as saying there will be no cap, another is reportedly supporting the move. A final decision is expected...

Tokyo’s PV Expo movers and shakers

Tokyo, Japan skyline

The market may not be brimming with excitement like in China, and PV installations may be more focused on the rooftop sector, but things are definitely exciting at the fourth PV Expo in Tokyo, Japan, which opened its doors today.

Strong PV presence at Ecobuild

We Need Solar sign at Ecobuild held by a polar bear

Ecobuild, the world's largest sustainable construction show opened its doors yesterday at the ExCel, in East London. Having got off to a successful start, many believe this year’s event is bigger and better. There is also a...

Q-Cells enters UK market

Q-Cells HQ building

Q-Cells SE has announced it will be opening an office in London. The company, which spoke to pv magazine about its UK installation plans, is also waiting to receive MCS approval for its solar panels.

meeco Group to install solar in South America

Chaco, Boreal, Paraguay

The meeco Group has announced it will install an off-grid solar solution at a cattle ranch in Paraguay.

UK: 1.16 MW PV project underway in Somerset

380 kWp PV rooftop system from A-Sun and Solar SW in Somerset, UK

Solar SW and A-Sun are currently working on an over one megawatt (MW) PV project in England. When completed, it will reportedly be the country’s largest commercial installation to date.

Wisconsin: Helios USA opens 40 MW solar panel factory

Outside of Helios USA new 40 MW solar panel manufacturing facility

Helios USA, LLC has opened a new manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 50 new jobs are expected to be created.

Italy expected to introduce PV market cap

Italian flag

The Italian Government is expected to introduce an eight gigawatt (GW) cumulative cap on its PV market this week. If the new law is passed, it could mean an end to solar subsidies as early as this summer.

TEP acquires 2 Italian PV plants

TEP Solar's one MW PV park in Basciano, Italy

TEP Solar has agreed to acquire two of BP Solar’s Italian PV projects worth two megawatts (MW).

Banks get behind 150 MW Australian solar project

If successful, a 150 MW PV project will be installed in Moree, Australia (pictured)

A group of eight banks has pledged to provide financial backing to a BP-led consortium, which is bidding for Australian Government support and funding to build a 150 megawatt (MW) solar project in the town of Moree.

Ontario: SunEdison awarded 31 MW of PV contracts

Mississauga, Ontario, where SunEdison will build a 500 kW PV project

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has awarded SunEdison five PV projects worth 31 megawatts (MW) AC under its feed-in tariff (FIT) program.

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