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Calgro M3's first commercially operated off-grid cemetery in Nasrec near Soweto, South Africa.

pv magazine's weekly round-up of the global off-grid sector. Rockefeller funds Indian offgrid array, portable offgrid array launched, and Azuri partners with government in Ghana.


Korea: Shinsung puts capacity plans on hold; shifts focus to PV project business

IGEE crowd shot 2012

In an interview with pv magazine Shinsung Solar Energy talks about its gigawatt capacity ramp up plans and photovoltaic project pipeline in Korea.


Gehrlicher Solar completes Brazilian football stadium PV project

Brazil Pituacu Football Stadium solar photovoltaic project

Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil S.A. has grid connected what it says is the first photovoltaic system on a South American football stadium. The 408 kilowatt peak (kWp) project is located on the Pituaçu stadium in Salvador de...


Italy: Fifth Conto Energia to come into effect when €6 billion ceiling reached; draft measures laid out

Italy solar photovoltaic rooftop

The Italian government has announced that the country’s new renewable energy law, Conto Energia V, will come into effect when the €6 billion photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) ceiling is reached – expected to be between this July...


PV leading renewable distributed energy generation

Solar City van and installation

The electric energy power industry is fundamentally changing, according to Pike Research, and photovoltaics has the potential to play a big role in future business models. Overall, the company has identified seven emerging...


S.A.G. Solarstrom shows increased 2011 sales, but falling EBIT

Italy Serenissima solar farm 48MWp

S.A.G Solarstrom recorded a better year than most in 2011, having achieved the lower end of its sales target. As with many though, the tough market conditions led to both a negative EBIT and consolidated annual result.


China: Talesun wins gigawatt solar module order

Talesun signs GW solar module contract

Solar cell and module manufacturer, Talesun has won a contract from China Merchants New Energy Group Ltd to supply up to one gigawatt worth of photovoltaic modules for solar farms in China and worldwide. The contract, worth...


PV suppliers stopping in house wafer production as prices plummet

Solar photovoltaic wafers

Many photovoltaic module suppliers are putting a halt to their in-house wafer production in light of drastically decreasing prices. According to IMS Research, wafer prices fell by over 70 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012.


Section 1603: Did the ends (75,000 jobs) justify the means (US$9.7 billion)?

Barack Obama

How many jobs did the U.S. government create through its $9.7 billion investment in 24,711 renewable energy projects? At least 75,000 overall, based on a report just released by the Golden, Colorado-based National Renewable...


Tenaska closes financing on 130 MW thin film project

Tenaska solar photovoltaic sites Imperial County

U.S. energy company, Tenaska, has closed commercial financing on its 130 megawatt (MW) Imperial Solar Energy Center South utility photovoltaic project.


VC funding solar decreases, but number of deals rising

According to new research, venture capital (VC) funding in the solar market has decreased in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, despite the fact the number of deals has grown. The drop has been attributed to a fading appetite for...


Japan: 70 MW PV project in the pipeline

Japan artist rendering of 70MW solar photovoltaic plant

Kyocera Corporation, IHI Corporation and the Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd have unveiled their plans to install a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in southern Japan.


Spain: Gehrlicher aims at PV without FITs

Project developer Gehrlicher Solar wants to realise a 250 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Spain without any feed-in-tariffs or other kind of economic incentives. The generated electricity will be sold at market price.


Brazil's smart grid market to grow

Northeast Group has released a study, Brazil Smart Grid: Market Forecast 2012-2022, stating that smart grid investments in Brazil are set to reach US$36.6 billion by 2022.


Dampened support for Greek Project Helios

State Secretary for the Federal Environment Ministry Jürgen Becker at an energy conference in Athens clearly articulated that the support for the development of solar energy in Greece will not come from the EEG.


Hyundai Heavy moves into storage business

Hyundai Heavy Industries will partner with Magna E-Car Systems under a joint venture, MAHY E-CELL, to co-develop a successful battery cell and battery pack business. Hyundai Heavy aims to couple its new battery direction with its...


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