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Wacker opens US polysilicon production site in Tennessee

Wacker US plant, Charleston, Tennessee

At $2.5 billion, the new site is Wacker's largest single investment ever. The German chemcial giant is expecting muscular growth global PV capacity to spur demand for high-grade polysilicon.

NRG Solar acquires large-scale project on Guam

Guam, Puntan Dos Amantes

Developed by Houston-based Quantum Utility Generation, Guam's first utility-scale solar plant will now go to NRG Solar, which will own and operate the 25.65 MW facility.

REC to separate silicon, solar divisions

REC Silicon, Moses, Lake, WA

Norwegian solar group REC is looking to improve its finances by spinning off its solar and silicon divisions as independent companies. The group also saw second-quarter revenue rise 21% while narrowing its operating loss.

Import duties: further movement in EU-China negotiations

Europe China flags

The EU and China are apparently continuing intensive negotiations on a possible settlement of the PV product trade dispute. EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng are due to discuss the...

Phoenix Solar to build 1.8 MWp PV plant in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW project in Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has begun its second project for Saudi Arabian energy group Saudi Aramco, a 1.8 MWp plant in Riyadh. The Gulf region has become a key market for the recently restructured German company.

Mecasolar's tracker sales reflect changing market dynamics

Mecasolar trackers

Mecasolar achieved a record 400 MW in tracker sales in the first half of the year, and while Europe remains its biggest market, the company will soon generate most of its business in other territories.

Europe's PV industry rallies against import tariffs

EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht

Part of Europe's PV industry is increasing the pressure on the European Commission's punitive import duties against Chinese solar products. The CEO of German module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik is demanding the end of the...

Long Island Power Authority wants another 100 MW of solar

Long Island Sound.

The success of Long Island's Clean Solar Initiative in New York has sparked plans for second round. The new projects must be 100 kW to 2 MW.

First Solar, SunEdison unveil big plans in Chile

Copiapo, Chile

Chile's scenic northern region continues to attract ambitious photovoltaic projects. First Solar is planning a 162 MW, $370 million plant in Copiapó, while SunEdison is looking to build a 92 MW, $241 million solar park in...

Renesola raises shipment forecasts

Shipping containers.

Renesola saw shipping levels during the second quarter surpass initial predictions. The revision means more optimistic full-year figures for the Chinese manufacturer.

Activ Solar commissions fifth Odessa park

Activ Solar's Bolgrad Solar Park.

Activ Solar is building a 34 MWp Bolgrad Solar Park in Odessa, Ukraine. The project, which will feature 141,000 modules, brings the Austrian company's installed capacity in the region to 180 MWp.

China lifts PV installation target to 35 GW by 2015

Beijing, China

In order to stimulate PV consumption and control industrial overcapacity in the domestic market, China has increased its PV energy target to 35 GW by 2015.

Greece: PV installation rates plunge in second quarter as RES fund debt rises

Thesaloniki, Greece

PV installations in Greece dropped significantly between April and June compared to the first quarter of 2013, when the country saw a considerable uptake in new solar PV capacity. At the same time, the country's RES fund...

Spain abolishes FITs entirely

Jose Manuel Soria.

The country's new scheme will guarantee only a 'reasonable profitability' for renewable energy plants and that figure will be based on what the government says developers should have paid rather than their actual level of...

Solar thermal scheme is no threat to PV in the UK

Greg Barker.

The U.K.'s renewable heat incentive will rebalance a regime previously skewed towards PV, says the country's trade body, adding that leveling the playing field will enable people to make the right choice and incentivize mixed...

Georgia Power forced to adopt 525 MW more solar

Atlanta, Georgia.

The state's Public Service Commission has accepted a motion to force utility Georgia Power to include an additional 525 MW of solar generation in its forward planning strategy. The agency has sought to ensure PPA payments will...

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