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South Africa announces 1.5 GW solar park plan

Solar-powered mine.

Energy ministry 'putting in plans' to develop large-scale PV plant in Northern Cape, augmenting wider aim to add 1 GW of renewable power to the grid to ease current constraints.

PassivSystems partner with Freetricity on Eur 55 million UK PV campaign

Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.

Thailand: Easing of residential solar requirements

The flag of Thailand.

The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.

China extends probe into EU polysilicon imports by six months

The country's Commerce Ministry cited the "comparative specificity and complexity" of the case as reason for the extension, which will run until May 1.

First Solar reveals bullish Q3 figures

First Solar modules.

First Solar's Q3 figures show sales and profits jumping as the company announces an imminent deal to sell its 250 MW Silver State South scheme. Foreign exchange losses are the only negative of impressive figures.

California: 250 MW solar PV plant begins commercial operations

The California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR), located in San Luis Obispo County and one of the biggest in the world, is owned by NRG Energy, NRG Yield and SunPower.

Martifer Solar and Hanwha Q CELLS Korea complete 17.8 MW Portuguese PV project

The cluster of three solar projects is located in the Lisbon, Setubal and Evora regions of the country, with Martifer Solar responsible for all operations.

Demansys buys Singapore's demand response pioneer CPvT

Singapore Marina Bay

Demand response represents a new growth opportunity by actively managing the consumption of energy consumers. With CPvT in Singapore, Connecticut-based Demansys found an ideal partner with which to expand in Asia.

Yingli, Jinko poised to hit third-quarter shipment records

Yingli PV production China

The Chinese PV industry rebound continues as Yingli approaches 3 GW annualized shipments and Jinko decreases blended costs to $0.50 per watt. In a new report, NPD Solarbuzz says the recovery has taken a major step forward.

Suntech to challenge Chapter 7 filing for involuntary bankruptcy

The troubled solar company has until November 6 to respond to the petition filed against it calling for involuntary bankruptcy.

Conergy wins 22 MW order in the Philippines

The German solar giants will install their solar panels for local investor San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. in what is their first foray into this emerging Southeast Asia market.

Hanergy, Saferay establish global headquarters in Singapore

Singapore Civic District

Singapore continues to shine: the arrival of the two leading global PV players further solidifies the island nation's standing as the Asian Pacific solar hub.

French government pledges EUR 18.5 million for solar research institute

The cutting-edge establishment -- Institut Photovoltaique d'Ile-de-France (IPVF) -- will be part-funded by the country's state-backed French National Research Agency (ANR) to promote solar R&D.

Saudi Arabia's solar plans could be realized with PV price falls

The oil-rich Kingdom's ambitious solar projects will benefit enormously from falling PV module prices -- providing the nation plays its cards right, says IHS.

Suntech receives $150 million letter of intent

Suntech production

A rescue of Suntech appears to be at hand. Investment group Wuxi Guolian may combine its related businesses with Suntech, possibly as joint ventures, if a deal is signed.

South Africa picks six preferred bidders for 450 MW of solar

Scatec Solar 75 MW Kalkbult, South Africa, array

In the third round of the country's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, South Africa has awarded some 1.47 GW of RE capacity to 17 bidders.

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