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SolarWorld renegotiates silicon supply contract

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck.

The German manufacturer has warned shareholders a new silicon supply arrangement will hit its first-half figures. A company statement has predicted a $1.3m-$5.4m hit to its EBITDA figure.


Pakistan approves feasibility study for solar project

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif's government is considering three more feasibility studies after 24 letters of intent for solar schemes were issued. Sharif's rural electrification program is continuing apace.


Australian PM courts further solar controversy

Tony Abbott, World Economic Forum.

Ahead of the G20 Brisbane summit in November, Tony Abbott's office has been accused of trying push this week's environmental goods deal off the discussion table.


South Africa enters global top 10 for utility scale solar

Cape Town solar PV installation, South Africa.

The Rainbow Nation has installed more than 503 MW of utility scale solar, placing it 10th overall globally, according to Wiki-Solar.


Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.


imec lifts the hood on its record-setting PERT solar PV cell

PERT PV cell

imec has produced a record-setting 21.5% efficient solar PV cell using a PERT cell design, and spoke with PV Magazine about this technology


Kyocera sues Hanwha Q CELLS Japan over patent infringement

Kyocera fab, Japan.

The Japanese company files lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan for alleged patent infringement of its three-busbar solar cell technology.


Zimbabwe plans 300 MW solar PV project

Harare, Zimbabwe.

The African nation's power minister reveals details of $250 million plan, which will consist of three separate projects open to tender.


EU reaches deal on Germany EEG reform, awards EUR 1bn climate change funding

The European Commission, Brussels.

The European Commission says Germany has agreed some key changes to the legislation outlined in its energy transformation plans.


UK solar companies win High Court FIT compensation claim

Rooftop solar installation, U.K.

Court rules in favor of compensation claim for 14 companies aggrieved at government changes to the feed-in tariff introduced in 2011.


British Gas ignites PV ambitions with $100 million UK investment

Rooftop PV installation, U.K.

The UK's largest utility will partner with Gen Community to deliver solar panels to local government sites across the country.


India update: New committee for 7.5 GW PV project, Andhra Pradesh eyes 300 MW plant

Ladakh, India.

Three of India's largest states have pushed forward plans to meet their PV installation targets, including bringing the 7.5 GW project in Jammu and Kashmir one step closer.


Apple to expand solar development in North Carolina

Apple headquarters, Cupertino, California

The electronics giant is set to build its third solar farm in the U.S. state after winning approval for its plan to erect a 17.5 MW plant.


Trina signs biggest supply deal so far this year

Trina PV module production

The Chinese group will provide 200 MW of modules for Zonergy's downstream projects in several provinces in China. The two companies may build a long-term partnership.


Nations discuss lifting tariffs on environmental goods

Costa Rican tree frog

Trade representatives of 14 governments, including Costa Rica, the U.S., the EU, Australia, Japan and China are working to make environmental goods cheaper and more accessible to people around the globe.


Solar-Fabrik AG takes over Centrosolar fab in Germany

Solar-Fabrik headquarters Freiburg, Germany

As part of an asset deal, the Freiburg-based solar company will take over 143 employees, the current inventory and the right to manufacture all of Centrosolar's original module types.


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