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JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.

Goldpoly, Clenergy, CGN expand domestic activity in China

Goldpoly PV project in Fujian

Goldpoly New Energy Holding Ltd. has joined the 100 MW club by bringing online two PV projects totaling 110 MW this month in Gansu and Fujian, while Clenergy and CGN are partnering on 118 MW projects in Yunnan.

Solar industry, steel workers applaud Obama's climate change initiatives

The White House, Washington, D.C.

The U.S.' Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the United Steelworkers (USW) union have welcomed White House's plans to combat climate change and new energy directives that will create 13 GW of renewable energy projects...

Schmid sells three module lines to Turkey

German photovoltaic equipment manufacturer the Schmid Group has sold three module lines to Turkey. The module lines totaling 150 MWp will be delivered in the second half of this year.

Solar has a place as Obama outlines climate change policy

Barack Obama.

The U.S.' historic climate change policy, announced today, has a role for solar, but only alongside natural gas, nuclear and CCS as "clean energy technologies." Pledges will add up to more than 13 GW of renewables by 2025.

Gehrlicher becomes preferred solar supplier to US government

Lauingen Energie Park.

U.S. federal departments can buy Gehrlicher products such as rooftop and ground mount arrays and solar carports using online process thanks to five-year GSA contract. Extension options could mean 20 years of federal custom for...

Nepal embraces solar power

Nepal has become one of the latest emerging Asian nations to embrace solar power with a 20 MW project backed by the World Bank and a 30 MW facility to be built by China's Hunan Yueer.

Tentusol to build 250 MW PV plant in Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

Spanish group Tentusol on Monday unveiled plans for a 250 MW photovoltaic project in the southern province of Cadiz. Last week local authorities announced another large-scale project in Valencia.

Samsung and Ontario row back on renewables commitment


Samsung has reduced by C$2 billion its commitment to wind and solar in Ontario. Provincial government denies the move has anything to do with recent WTO ruling against its FIT program's domestic content requirement.

Italian FIT payments to stop in July

The Italian flag.

Subsidy limit of €6.7 billion has been passed triggering a halt to future FIT payments from a point one month after the limit was reached. Italy is the third EU member state to halt its solar incentives.

No news is good news, the message from Beijing

Karel de Gucht.

Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht repeats desire for amicable solution to solar stand-off but talks with Chinese opposite number were not part of the latest EU-China Joint Committee. Technical negotiations on the issue have moved...

China Electric Equipment Group to develop 20 MW PV project in China

Xianjiang, China

China Electric Equipment Group has received approval from China's Development and Reform Commission to develop a 20 MW grid-connected PV power generation project in Xinjiang, China.

U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

NREL Campus Golden, Colorado

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

EU rules household PV systems exempt from VAT

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Austrian homeowner successfully argued he should not pay VAT when purchasing the system as it is used as an economic activity. Luxembourg based court agrees that regardless of profit or loss, a system which feeds into a grid for...

JinkoSolar supplies 25 MW of modules to India's first private solar park


Chinese manufacturer to supply modules for the project being developed by Indian turnkey provider Enrich Energy in Maharashtra state.

Chinese PV manufacturers setting up shop in Kenya

Kenyan flag

Facing punitive tariffs in the EU, Chinese solar panel makers are eagerly looking to African markets and the state-owned Jiangxi Corporation is helping to coordinate a $140 million solar power station in Garissa, Kenya, as a base...

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