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Cyprus welcomes 'new era' of international cooperation on renewable energy between island countries

Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus

Speaking at the recent IRENA conference, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said the accelerated deployment of renewable energy sources could play a pivotal role in overcoming the country's current economic troubles.

Taiwan solar cell makers to see boost on back of China tariffs, but will effects be long-term?

Taiwan Yong An Solar Park

Taiwan looks likely to see a substantial boost to its solar cell industry following the latest U.S.-China trade case announcement, but will it be enough to offset declining margins and the industry’s core issue – overcapacity in...

Ukraine targeting 1 GW PV by 2013

31.55 MW solar photovoltaic project Ukraine

Ukraine is said to be targeting a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of one gigawatt (GW) by 2013. Overall, investment in new facilities is expected to reach €2 billion.

Conergy negotiates with Chinese investors

Conergy HQ at night

Hamburg-based Conergy AG is negotiating with Chinese manufacturers about a possible partnership. According to the company's CEO, it will go beyond a pure supply relationship.

Inventux files for insolvency

Inventux HQ Germany

Berlin-based Inventux Technologies AG is the next German photovoltaic company to announce insolvency.

South Africa announces PV projects under second bidding round

South Africa rooftop solar PV installation

South Africa’s Department of Energy has approved nine new photovoltaic projects, which are expected to see an additional 417 megawatts (MW) added to the national grid by 2016.

Bahrain unveils 5 MW smart solar project

Petra Solar solar smart grid solutions

U.S.-based Petra Solar has entered into an agreement with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and Caspian Energy Holdings to undertake a five megawatt (MW) smart solar energy project.

BMW heir wants Solarwatt

Solarwatt HQ Dresden Germany

BMW heir, Stefan Quandt has expressed his interest in Dresden-based Solarwatt. Germany’s Federal Cartel Authority is currently examining the takeover proposal.

WTO dispute strains the limits of friendship and fair trade

Ontario Lily Lake Solar Farm photovoltaics

In what can only be described as a "Bizarro World" scenario, even as Canada continued to take the heat last week for the domestic content requirement in Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT.2) scheme, legislators in Washington, DC,...

SNEC: 30+ percent tariffs lead to unintended consequences


On the final day of the SNEC trade show in Shanghai, the unintended consequences of the 30-plus percent tariffs that are set to imposed on photovoltaic exports from China to the U.S. have begun to emerge. Taiwanese manufacturers...

Belectric installs 1 GW

Germany 67.8MW solar photovoltaic project Belectric

Germany-based Belectric says it has installed one gigawatt (GW) of photovoltaics worldwide. The "milestone" was achieved following the commissioning of a series of multi-megawatt projects at the start of this week.

GCL and Isofoton unveil 1 GW solar plans

Isofoton HQ Spain

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and Isofoton S.A. have signed a memorandum of understanding, under which they plan to develop one gigawatt (GW) worth of solar plants across the globe.

US contemplates solar domestic content requirement rules

Chinese solar photovoltaic module manufacturing, BYD

Two U.S. Senators have unveiled their plans to introduce a domestic content requirement, in order to prevent Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers from taking advantage of the country’s 30 percent tax credit.

China 'caught red-handed' on US solar anti-dumping charges

China US flags

The verdict is in and China has been found guilty as charged – or more accurately, liable for undercharging on sales of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and panels in the U.S. market.

Clean Power Research launches tool for analyzing solar irradiation


An accurate and cost-effective technology for analyzing solar irradiance could help utilities increase photovoltaic generation into the grid. A new technology launched by Clean Power Research aims to address this issue.

PV equipment suppliers emphasise cost reductions through new tools

PV equipment

Speakers at the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association’s (IPVEA) organised press conference, which took place during the first day of SNEC 2012, used the opportunity to pitch various approaches aimed at reducing...

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