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ReneSola to develop 13 MW solar farm project in UK

Solar farm in Dorset, England.

The Chinese PV company expects the solar farm in Dorset, England, to be fully operational and connected to the national energy grid by end of this year.


EPIA: Bright future for PV, but global rebalancing of growth expected

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A new report has forecast a bright future for photovoltaics, as long as government policy remains advantageous for the industry. Meanwhile, 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity could be reached by 2013, but Europe’s current...


S.A.G. Solarstrom completes first phase of 48 MW Italian PV project

S.A.G. Solarstrom HQ building

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has completed the first phase of its 48 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project, located in the region of Venice, in Northern Italy.


Dates for new Italian FIT pushed back

Italy, Q-Cells photovoltaic solar  installation in Basilicata

According to reports, the Italian Government will not introduce its new photovoltaic feed-in tariffs until September 1. The definition of uncapped "small systems" has also reportedly been revised to one megawatt (MW).


JinkoSolar and Bull PowerTech sign 50 MW module deal

Image of Bull PowerTech's HQ building

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. has entered into a 50 megawatt solar module supply agreement with Bull PowerTech GmbH, the new solar business segment of Bull Holding AG.


Australia: Solar bonus scheme suspended in NSW

Satellite image of Australia

The newly instated Australian government of New South Wales (NSW) has suspended the state’s Solar Bonus Scheme due to cost blowouts.


Total looks to acquire majority stake in SunPower

Total is looking to acquire a 60 percent stake in SunPower. Image: www.aesrenew.com

French oil and gas group Total has announced it will launch a friendly tender offer for a majority share in California-based solar company, SunPower. The two parties have also entered into a research and collaboration agreement.


PV inverter market strong, but new challenges are emerging

Power-One, photovoltaic inverter supplier, screenshot

The photovoltaic inverter market grew by 140 percent in 2010: Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and France were cited as key markets. Meanwhile, for the first time, the top ten inverter suppliers were European. However, this...


Italy: Will the government go easy on cuts?

The Italian government may reconsider a reduction in planned cuts. Image: Conergy

The Italian regional governments will attempt to enforce less severe cuts than planned to the solar power incentives according to the head of the regional governments' congress Vasco Errani. Meanwhile, it remains uncertain if the...


Malaysia: Sophisticated FIT system adopted

Chief technical advisor Haris says that the legislation will be officially published in May and will likely go into effect in mid summer. Image: Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia

Joining several other Asian countries, Malaysia's parliament has approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy resources.


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Scheuten Solar's Faymonville project

Three roofs belonging to Faymonville will be fitted with some 3,000 solar panels by Scheuten Solar. Image: Scheuten Solar

Scheuten Solar has signed a turnkey EPC contract for the installation of some 3,000 solar panels for Belgian trailer manufacturer Faymonville. The panels, with a combined output of 750 kWp, will be installed on three Faymonville...


India: Tata Power commissions solar plant

Tata BP Solar is the technology provider for the three megawatt Maharashtra project. Image: Tata BP Solar

Indian Tata Power has commissioned a three megawatts solar power plant in Maharashtra which the company states is going to be one of the largest solar plants in India.


SEMI and CPIA release China PV Policy Roadmap

More government support is necessary for the photovoltaic industry in China to grow. Image: Suntech Power Holdings

The SEMI PV Group has announced the availability of "China's Solar Future - A Recommended China PV Policy Roadmap 2.0," a report containing specific recommendations for a Chinese photovoltaic policy roadmap.


First quarter revenue cut for LDK Solar

Chinese company LDK Solar trims its first quarter forecasts. Image: LDK Solar

LDK Solar cut its forecast for the first quarter of the year from between $800 and $850 million to $745 to $755 million.


Algeria: centrotherm and Kinetics Germany collaborate

centrotherm will provide the turnkey solutions necessary for the integrated plant in Algeria. Image: Flickr/Damouns (Damien Boilley)

centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany signed an agreement with the Algerian state utility Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) for the development of an almost fully integrated solar module factory in...


Q-Cells enters Japanese residential market

Q-Cells moves deeper into the Japanese residential market. Image: Q-Cells

German company Q-Cells is entering the Japanese photovoltaic residential market with integrated PV solutions. To facilitate this move, the company has set up Q-Cells Meister Club or QMC.


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