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Soltec to supply 80 MW of solar trackers in Chile

Enel Green Power's 60 MW Lalackama installation in Chile.

The Enel Green Power project is the fourth that Soltec is developing in the Andean country, bringing its accumulated installed capacity to 170 MW in the South American market.

US industry stakeholders set Solar PEIS deadline

Ken Salazar

A group of 20 U.S. solar industry stakeholders have submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, in which they lay out their recommendations for creating a "smart from the start" public land solar energy program....

Mali set for off-grid solar boost

Mali solar photovoltaic installation

Under its latest plans to electrify rural areas of developing countries, NGO FRES Netherlands, along with its Mali-based subsidiary, Yeelen Kura, will install six off-grid photovoltaic plants in the country in 2012, thus adding...

Conergy completes 6 MW PV rooftop project in France

French solar photovoltaic thin film rooftop project by Conergy

Conergy France and local partner Soligest, have completed work on three photovoltaic rooftop installations worth 6.1 megawatts (MW).

US: Retroactive duties could be applied to Chinese solar imports

Chinese US flags

The controversy surrounding the U.S.-China trade debate looks set to continue well into 2012. Having already twice delayed the deadline for its preliminary decision on Chinese solar import duties into the U.S., the Department of...

European PV demand increases; incentives tightening

According to the latest European PV Markets Quarterly report from NPD Solarbuzz, the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 is expected to see a 10 percent rise in European photovoltaics demand. However, it says that due to the amount of...

Solar modules now officially regarded as e-waste

First Solar photovoltaic panels

The EU Parliament has officially changed the guidelines for its WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive. Under the amendments, used photovoltaic modules must now be collected and recycled.

US DOC decision on Chinese PV imports delayed again

Gordon Brinser, SolarWorld

According to various reports, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has once again moved back the deadline for its decision regarding the SolarWorld-led U.S.-China trade dispute.

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Yingli and IBC enter 200 MW PV module agreement

Yingli solar photovoltaic module production in China

Yingli Green Energy and IBC Solar AG have entered into an agreement, under which Yingli will supply IBC with up to 200 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic modules in 2012.

Spain suspends FITs

Spanish flag

In a surprise move, the Spanish Council of ministers has implemented a temporary suspension of the renewable energy feed-in-tariffs (FIT) for new installations in Spain.

PV number games from Germany’s Ministry of Economics

German flag

Photovoltaics subsidies are a highly contentious subject within the German Federal Government. Federal Minister of Economics Philipp Rösler has drawn up his own paper, which might have led to a compromise with the Ministry of the...

Wacker sees 2011 financial declines on back of weak solar market

Wacker polysilicon chip

Wacker Chemie has posted full year 2011 financial losses, primarily due to the weak performance of both the solar and semiconductor industries, and higher raw material costs. It managed to remain well in the black, however.

Spain: MEP Asset Management acquires 5 Solon PV parks

Solon HQ building in Berlin

Germany-based MEP Asset Management GmbH has taken over five of Solon SE’s photovoltaic parks, located in Spain.

Eastman acquires Solutia for over US$4 billion

Solutia HQ building, US

Eastman Chemical Company and Solutia Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement worth around $4.7 billion, under which Eastman intends to take the U.S.-based chemical products company over.

Italian government deals second, retroactive, PV blow

Solar photovoltaic park in Italy

Following the official announcement this week that Italy’s energy regulator, GSE, will not open a register for large-scale photovoltaic plants in the second half of 2012, the government has now said it wants to apply a...

Solar-Energy expands PV module plant in Poland

Lake Skepe, Poland

Polish manufacturer, Solar-Energy, which opened a new photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Poland late last year, has announced it will double capacity in 2012.

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