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Australia: Pro-solar rally slams attack on renewable target

Save Solar Rally, Aug. 21, 2014, Brisbane, Australia

The organized opposition to the federal government's moves to abolish or reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has begun. More than 500 people attended a rally in Brisbane to protest against changes to the RET.

Q-Cells and SunPower sign solar cell agreement

Q-Cells HQ building in Germany

Q-Cells North America has signed an 83 megawatt solar cell supply agreement with SunPower Corp.

China to see an up to 1 GW PV cell facility open

Screenshot of JA Solar's website, showing its corporate locations

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. have joined forces to open an up to one gigawatt (GW) Chinese PV cell production facility.

ABB to build 24 MW Italian PV plant

One MW Totana PV plant in Spain

Despite the country’s recent problems, ABB has received a $50 million order from Phoenix Renewables to deliver a 24 megawatt (MW) PV power plant in Lazio, Italy.

France announces dramatic PV tariff cuts

France PV rooftop installation at farm with cows

The French Government has issued new feed-in tariffs, which will come into effect on March 10. Under the changes, any PV systems over 100 kilowatts (kW) in size will receive just €0.12 per kWh.

European PV demand to stagnate; Italian backlash begins

Italian PV park

No further growth in European PV demand is expected in 2011 and 2012, due to both the recently implemented and proposed regulatory changes in its key PV end markets. Italy's Government is also attracting harsh criticism.

Ontario solar fund established

Ontario flag

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure and CarbonFree Technology have established an over CAD$100 million solar fund, with the aim of installing rooftop solar projects across Ontario.

Czech solar tax to be reviewed by Supreme Court

PV ground-mounted installation in Czech, behind wire fence

On March 3, a group of 22 Czech Senators filed a complaint to the country's Supreme Court against the recently applied retroactive PV law, which saw the introduction of a 26 percent tax on solar energy production.

Total French PV capacity over 1 GW

Tenesol PV rooftop installation

France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainability, and Transport has reported the installation of 720 megawatts (MW) of PV in continental France and its overseas territories in 2010. This brings total installed capacity to over one...

LADWP and SolarWorld to build 11.6 MW LA solar project

Overhead shot of the LADWP's Adelanto Switching and Convertor Station

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Germany-based SolarWorld have created a partnership in order to develop an 11.6 megawatt (MW) DC solar system.

Italy: No PV cap; FIT cuts delayed until April

Italian PV plant

The EuPD has announced that there will be no market cap placed on Italy’s PV industry. It added that a decision regarding the country’s feed-in tariffs (FIT) will be delayed until April.

Israeli PV take off slow, but potential exists

Siemens' first Israeli project under construction is a 4.9 MW ground-mounted PV plant at Kibbutz Ketura (pictured)

Speaking to pv magazine IHS iSuppli examines both Israel’s PV prospects and its administrative hurdles. Soltec Renewable Energies and Siemens additionally outline their plans for the country, which include the installation of 52...

PVEL secures 2 new Californian facilities

Jenya Meydbray, CEO of PV Evolution Labs.

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) has moved into two new facilities in California, the U.S. One, located in Davis, will allow for field testing, while the second, in Berkley, comprises laboratory and office space.

UK STA and REA join forces

Sanyo PV modules on UK rooftop

The UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) and Renewable Energy Association (REA) have announced they will join forces.

India: New PV tax measures announced

Vikram Solar PV modules

Changes to India’s 2011 to 2012 Union Budget have seen solar modules and lanterns reclassified as renewable energy items, rather than electrical items. This means they are now exempt from customs duty.

Italy: PV cap debate heats up

ae photonics Pv installation in Italy

The debate over whether a cap should be placed on Italy’s PV market or not is hotting up. While one minister has been quoted as saying there will be no cap, another is reportedly supporting the move. A final decision is expected...

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