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From the Mag: A selection of stories from the April issue

Array in Chile.

April's issue explores in-depth the solar manufacturing markets of Latin America, takes Turkey to task over its bureaucracy and red tape, and examines the organic PV opportunities being created by the Rotrot project.

US DOC pushes antidumping duty deadline back to May

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has again pushed back the deadline by which it has to make a preliminary determination of the antidumping duty investigation.

Solar thermal exempt from Indian import duty

India solar photovoltaic park

Solar thermal plant equipment will be exempt from import duty in India. India’s finance minister made the announcement today. The belief is that project costs could be lowered as a result. Photovoltaics was not mentioned, however.

Bharti Airtel to enhance solar installations in Africa

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India-based telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel, has chosen to increase the use of solar, and other renewable energies, to replace its diesel-powered generators. The aim is to reduce its carbon footprint in Africa and cut...

S.A.G. Solarstrom and Hanwha to install 20 MW on Italy’s rooftops

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Germany-based S.A.G Solarstrom and the Hanwha Group have announced that they will work together to install 20 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics on rooftops across Italy.

Solar energy funding stalls in the US Senate

President Obama

Proponents of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan program took a tumble on the Hill this week – as Republicans ratcheted up election-year resistance to both solar grants and renewable energy subsidies.

Bosch starts PV module production in France

Bosch French solar photovoltaic module production facility

Bosch Solar Energy has begun production on its new 150 megawatt (MW) crystalline photovoltaic module manufacturing line in Vénissieux, France.

Solar Frontier and Belectric form PVCIStems JV

Black solar modules on a factory roof, with mountains in the background against an overcast sky.

German EPC Belectric and Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier have formed a new joint venture (JV) company, to develop ground- and roof-mounted power plants. Making reference Solar Frontier’s CIGS technology, which the...

Germany: Rösler considering longer FIT cut transition period

Landtag von Baden-Wuerttemberg

Germany’s debate over its solar subsides is continuing – with a focus on the short transition period for the reduction of the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs). However, in a positive move, the country’s Federal Minister for...

Hanwha experiences strong 2011 losses; 2012 to "remain challenging"

Hanwha solar photovoltaic modules for shipment

As with many of its peers, Hanwha SolarOne experienced a tough 2011, with significant losses recorded across the board. Chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong attributes this to a period of "adjustment and consolidation". Going ahead, he...

Absa Bank boosts South Africa’s PV pipeline

Photovoltaic projects in South Africa being undertaken by the country’s power utility Eskom and independent power producers (IPPs) will be among those to benefit from a financing deal announced early this week between South...

RE tax equity fund established for SolarStrong

U.S. Bancorp and SolarCity have established a renewable energy tax equity fund in order to kick start the first phase of SolarStrong, an over 300 megawatt (MW) solar project aimed at military houses and bases across 33 U.S....

First Solar undertakes 20 MW Maryland Solar project

Thin film photovoltaics manufacturer, First Solar has announced a 100 percent stake in the 20 megawatt (MW) Maryland Solar project.

Germany: Belectric considering constitutional challenge

As part of Germany's new solar subsidy, feed-in tariffs (FIT) for photovoltaic systems larger than 10 megawatts (MW) are to be eliminated. According to a media report, several companies, including leading project planner...

Solon Energy will not extend warranty for all customers

In a statement released today, the newly-formed Solon Energy GmbH has said that while "nearly all" warranties will be continued, those plants with special module types will be excluded.

India: Siemens wins 50 MW CSP order

German electronics giant, Siemens has won an order from Shiram EPC Limited to supply 17,000 of its UVAC 2010 solar receivers to a 50 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in India.

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