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Australia: scrapping of carbon tax unlikely to stop solar

A solar array on Australia's Parliament House.

The Australian Federal Parliament voted to scrap the country's carbon price last week, causing concerns as to the future of PV in the country. However, the Australian Solar Council says that the move won't halt the growth of...

French PV tariff levels announced

French flag

As was reported on Tuesday, the French Government has issued new feed-in tariff guidelines. The tariff levels have now been published, and the 500 megawatt (MW) annual cap confirmed.

How to survive Czech’s demise

Photon Energy PV project

How does a company survive when its home market collapses? Michal Gärtner, CEO of Photon Energy speaks to pv magazine about the company’s survival strategy following the introduction of Czech’s retroactive solar tax and its...

Roth & Rau AG wins €6 million Indian order

Roth & Rau SiNA system

Roth & Rau reports that it has received its first order, based on its new turnkey model, from an unnamed Indian telecommunications company.

SunPower and Toshiba enter into supply agreement

Japan PV rooftop

Under a new agreement, Toshiba Corporation has ordered 48 megawatts (MW) worth of solar panels from SunPower Corporation.

Italy to make PV tariff decision within 2 weeks

Conergy PV installation

According to new information released, Italy will reach a decision on the rate of its new PV feed-in tariffs (FIT) within two weeks.

Ontario PV market growing, but political issues exist

ClearSky Advisors' Ontario PV forecast scenarios for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Ontario PV market is expected to reach 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity by 2015. However, political concerns and market instability remain.

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

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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.

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