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Chinese officials set ambitious and unlikely 100 GW goal

The flag of China.

Target was announced by energy official Nur Bekri to parliament. Government aims to rein in coal in favor of natural gas, wind and solar.


Genera Latinoamerica 2013 opens in Santiago, Chile, revealing broad potential of Chilean PV market

The show marks the first time Genera has been hosted outside Spain, reflecting the burgeoning PV potential in Chile and the wider Latin American market.


XsunX introduces new solar power project development services

The renewable energy technology company has expanded into solar power project development and construction services.


Batch I guidelines for Phase II of India's National Solar Mission approved

A draft proposal to introduce a change to the payment of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) assistance announced earlier this month has now been approved.


European Commission seeks EUR 2.3 million adjustment fund for Germany's redundant former First Solar employees

If approved, the monies would be taken from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 875 former First Solar employees in Germany re-intregrate into the job market.


Centrosolar Glas must declare insolvency

Just in May the glass division of the German PV company Centrosolar Glas was taken over by Belgian competitor Ducatt. Now it seems that talks about future financing have fallen through. It is business as usual though meantime,...


CSUN realizes first 'Made in Turkey' modules

The Chinese solar manufacturer has begun production in Turkey, realizing a 66 kWp system at a school in the nation’s largest city, Istanbul.


IHS cuts global inverter market forecast in face of dramatic price drops

Despite enjoying a 7% increase in shipments in 2013, the solar inverter market will contract by 9% as manufacturers are forced to lower their prices as competition increases and demand falls.


Positive first year for Hanwha Q Cells

Module manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells has completed its first year of operations with ramped up production capacities and reduced production costs. The company is now aiming for positive full-year figures for 2014.


1366 Technologies raises $15 million for solar wafer plant

The Massachusetts, U.S.-based company received the backing in a Series C financing round led by Japan's Tokuyama Corp. The money will be invested in a plant capable of manufacturing 250 MW of solar cells a year.


Petition filed to force Suntech into bankruptcy in the US

A petition has been filed by bondholders on Monday to force module manufacturer Suntech into involuntary bankruptcy in the U.S. The bondholders who hold about US$580,000 in bonds in the financially-troubled company are seeking to...


Google invests more than $100 million in 265 MW Californian solar plant

The search engine giant has teamed up with Silver Ridge Power LLC to invest $103 million in the 265 MW Mount Signal Solar project in Imperial County, California.


Germany: EEG levy increases in 2014

The EEG levy will rise to 6.24 Euro cents per kWh in 2014. This is an increase of almost 20%. The transmission system operators, or TSOs, bank on a levy contribution of €23.6 billion next year with this.


Singulus Technologies develop crystalline solar cells production line for Lithuania's BOD Group

Germany's Singulus Technologies to supply Lithuania's BOD Group High Technology Center L.I.G.H.T Wing (Lithuanian of green and high technologies) with a production line for its crystalline solar cells.


Thai government may purchase rooftop PV to fill commercial shortfall

Thailand: Large-scale solar farms that do not come online within the required time frame could have their contracts to sell power to the government scrapped. The government may instead purchase PV from residential suppliers.


Gehrlicher Solar's search for investors continues

The US subsidiary of the photovoltaic company Gerhrlicher Solar has already been sold. But the German company is now in insolvency proceedings. Operation and maintenance businesses will initially still carry on though.


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