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Chinese PV imports again in SolarWorld's crosshairs

Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

The German-U.S. PV manufacturer is continuing its crusade against Chinese rivals, calling for an investigation into alleged circumvention of import duties and an extension of the EU's minimum price undertaking. The news follows...

Goldpoly eager to buy more solar plants in 2014

Gonghe County, Qinghai Province

The latest acquisition brings the Hong Kong solar plant investor and operator's total number of grid-connected projects in 2013 to 400 MW.

Ascent Solar to build fab in China

City of Suqian, China

U.S. manufacturer Ascent Solar has signed a deal to build a factory China's Jiangsu Province. The city of Suqian is investing $32.5 million in the joint venture.

ReneSola to sell 60 MW PV plants to Chinese company; strikes Japan deal

ReneSola PV factory in China.

Jiangsu Ackome, a manufacturer of solar mounting equipment, will purchase three plants from ReneSola, with a combined generation capacity of 60 MW.

GCL-Poly brings 160 MW PV power plants online in China

GCL-Poly 100 MW PV plant, Zhongwei, Ningxia

Exploiting China's sun-rich northern regions, PV developer GCL-Poly has completed two solar plants with a combined capacity of 160 MW in the arid Tengger Desert and Datong.

China to bolster PV industry

Beijing, China

The Chinese government is undertaking steps to strengthen its embattled solar sector, in part by introducing tough guidelines that could whittle down the domestic industry.

SEIA blasts SolarWorld legal action, calls for peaceful resolution to US-China trade dispute

SolarWorld HQ, Hilsboro, Oregon

SolarWorld says it is seeking to stop producers in China and Taiwan from evading duties by assembling modules from cells manufactured in third countries, a practice that allows them to sell below production costs in the U.S.

Minnesota judge backs solar in favor of gas

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The decision marks the first time that unsubsidized solar energy has gone head-to-head with natural gas and come out on top as the best option, both economically and environmentally.

India pushes back solar auction deadline for second time

Cityscape of Delhi, India.

The country's state-run Solar Energy Corp. -- which is set to conduct the 750 MW auction -- says solar developers are concerned many state utilities will be unable to pay for power produced.

Net-energy metering rollbacks unlikely to impact US states in 2014

Net-energy metering image

Some U.S. states are looking to revamp net-energy metering programs but potential changes will not impact solar markets this year, according to research group IHS.

Phaesun: Generating income locally

Phaesun CEO Tobias Zwirner

German wholesaler and system integrator Phaesun offers off-grid applications in regions with no or inadequate electricity grids, thus helping communities become economically independent.

Ford unveils new solar-powered concept car

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept vehicle

Partnering with SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ford has created a hybrid vehicle that uses a solar panel system and special concentrator technology to charge its battery.

Canadian Solar sells Ontario solar power plant to TransCanada

Mississippi Mills, Ontario

The 10 MW facility, valued at some $60 million, is the fourth of a total of nine solar plants Canadian Solar is building for TransCanada.

Yingli, Datong launch joint venture in China

Yingli Solar PV production

The new joint venture between Yingli Green Energy and the Datong Coal Mine Group will develop and construct solar power plants in the city of Shuozhou.

US solar stocks rising at dawn of 2014

SunEdison image

Industry analysts expect the positive momentum seen in the solar sector throughout 2013 to continue in the new year. The U.S. Congress' tax reform could have long-term implications for U.S. investors and industry players, however.

Romania halves certificates for solar PV starting January 2014

Flag of Romania.

The government will cut green certificates next year for all renewable energy projects finished after January, 2014, with solar PV certificates down to three per megawatt, from six currently.

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