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Chinese wind company looks at solar

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Xinjiang Goldwind examines co-location opportunities in Australia. Move comes after revised RET removes uncertainty for clean power developers.

Activ Solar completes 42 MW PV plant in Ukraine

Ukraine 43MW solar photovoltaic park Starokozache

Adding yet more capacity to its Ukrainian photovoltaic portfolio, Activ Solar has completed the second and final phase of its 42.95 MW plant in the Odessa region.

California: 8minutenergy, ISO and SDG&E sign 200 MW PV GIA

California flag

8minutenergy Renewables has signed a Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with the California Independent Systems Operator Corporation (ISO) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Under the agreement, a 200 MW photovoltaic...

First Solar unveils German redundancy plan

First Solar

First Solar Inc., which will close its manufacturing operations down in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, by the end of the year, has presented the 1,200 workers employed there, with a redundancy plan.

France: Sonnedix acquires 24 MW stake in 115 MW PV plant

France 115 MW solar photovoltaic park

Independent power producer, Sonnedix has acquired a 24 MW stake in the 115 MW Toul-Rosieres solar park, located in north eastern France. The financial details were not disclosed.

Italy’s ministers sign Conto Energia V

Italy rooftop solar photovoltaic plant

On Friday, July 6, Italy’s ministers signed the new Conto Energia (renewable energy act). It is believed that only an extra €700 million will be made available for photovoltaics. Final security will not be available until the law...

SunEdison sells off 98 MW worth of European PV projects

Italy SunEdison ground-mounted solar photovoltaic project

MEMC Electronic Materials’ subsidiary, SunEdison has sold around 98 MWp worth of photovoltaic plants in Europe in the second quarter of 2012.

Solar Millennium’s Flagsol stake sold to Ferrostaal

Solar thermal plant

Solar Millennium AG’s insolvency administrator has sold the company’s 74.9 percent stake in Flagsol GmbH to Ferrostaal GmbH.

Global installed PV capacity to hit 230 GW; consolidation will continue

Greece solar photovolatic system

Cumulative, grid-connected photovoltaic capacity is forecast to reach 230 GW in 2017, in comparison to just 11 GW of CSP capacity. Deployment is expected to be led by China. However, while the competitiveness of photovoltaics is...

Germany: First Solar to pay €5 million funding back

FF02 Frankfurt First Solar thin film

First Solar Inc. will have to pay over €5 million back to Germany’s Brandenburg, following the announcement that it will stop manufacturing operations in Frankfurt (Oder) at the end of the year.

Sovello in investor negotiations

Sovello manufacturing

Germany’s Sovello AG is urgently searching for a new investor, in order to save at least part of its workforce. Company management is said to be optimistic.

5 MW PV plant completed in UK

UK 5.3MW solar photovoltaic park by Solaer Cornwall

Spain-based Solaer has completed the installation of a 5.3 MW photovoltaic park in Cornwall, the U.K.

Interview: PV certification in China and quality standards

As the global solar industry develops, increased corporate transparency becomes a necessity on the back of growing consumer understanding and local market regulations. Subsequently, the services required by test laboratories and...

Scheuten will continue production in Germany

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic installation

Scheuten Solar has announced its photovoltaic module production in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen will continue, following the takeover of the company by Aiko Solar Group. However, 160 jobs have been lost.

Japan: Final report declares Fukushima a "man-made disaster"

The final report submitted by the parliamentary panel on the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year has declared the catastrophe a "man-made disaster". It states that the meltdown "could and should have been forseen and prevented".

Work reaches halfway point on world’s largest solar bridge

UK London solar photovoltaic bridge

Solarcentury has reached the halfway point in its installation work on the Blackfriars rail bridge in London, the U.K. When complete, the installation is expected to be the largest of its kind in the capital and the world’s...

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