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Walmart to install up to 400 more solar PV systems over the next four years

Projects built under this latest announcement build on Walmart's installation of 105 MW of solar PV to date in 260 locations. SunEdison and SolarCity will install the systems.

Latin America: A PV opportunity in 2013

A solar plant in Brazil.

With 8.4 GW of new solar projects announced in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 12 months, market research provider GTM Research is predicting that 450 MW of new grid connected capacity will come online this year.

India: Solar pros and cons from austerity drive

India solar photovoltaic plant

With an austerity regime in full swing in India, attempts to trim the national deficit – which looks set to fall short by some margin – are set to be a double edged sword for solar.

Germany: Altmaier presents concept for short-term EEG changes

Peter Altmaier at 13 Forum Solarpraxis

Germany's Federal Environment Minister has presented his concept for "electricity price protection". Altmaier’s aim is to limit the energy transition cost and, thus, set the stage for photovoltaic, wind and biomass cuts. The...

France reports 66.7% increase in solar power generation

France residential solar photovoltaic system

According to the 2012 French Electricity Report published last week by France's transmission system operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE), photovoltaic systems generated 4 TWh lat year. This figure corresponds to a...

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SolarWorld CEO buys castle

Schloss Marienfels

Frank Asbeck would often like to be referred to as the sun king in the solar industry. While his photovoltaic group grapples with its debt issues, the CEO has bought a castle in Germany from entertainer Thomas Gottschalk.

Global smart grid investment to double by 2018

Smart metering.

Global smart grid investment grew 7% in 2012 to US$13.9 billion, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

PV installations up in 2013 as revenues fall

A solar installation in South Africa.

There were mixed messages in the latest solar white paper from market research company IHS iSuppli, with predictions that a rise in global installations in 2013 will go hand-in-hand with falling revenues.

South and Central America set for growth

A map of Brazil.

Countries like Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil are set to see growth in renewables, however thermal energy sources are still going to make up supply shortfalls.

SolarWorld seeks to refinance debt mountain

Solar World module production.

SolarWorld AG, Germany's leading solar panel producer and the manufacturer most active in petitioning the EU and U.S. authorities to bring anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports, is seeking to restructure its debt pile.

Crowdfunded project launched in Galápagos

A beach of St Cristobal.

A public funding campaign has been launched for a 300 kW photovoltaic power plant on the San Cristóbal Island in the iconic Galápagos archipelago.

PV division obliterates Bosch Group's 2012 profits


The impact of plunging PV prices throughout 2012 has been graphically illustrated with the release of full-year figures by global technology giant Bosch.

Updated PV GRID platform provides comparisons for European PV installations

The flag of the EU.

The PV GRID platform launched its national updates on 16 European countries' frameworks for installing photovoltaic systems, providing a wealth of information on photovoltaic installations progress and barriers in Europe.

Nuclear to play second fiddle to renewables in western Europe

A nuclear power station in the UK.

With the UK government under fire as opponents of its Energy Bill claim it is biased towards nuclear and gas at the expense of renewables, new research could make interesting reading for Tory Chancellor George Osborne.

1.1 GW of new solar capacity in India in 2013

A solar installation in India.

With 4.4 GW of new solar projects expected to be announced in India in 2013, only around 1.1 GW will be online by the end of the year, according to consultants Bridge to India.

Debt-ridden LDK sells off another 12% stake

Stock market traders are enjoying a volatile relationship with solar shares.

The carve-up of debt ridden LDK Solar continued with the disclosure yesterday that the British Virgin Islands-registered Fulai Investments Ltd has paid US$31.1 million for a 12% stake in the ailing Chinese manufacturer.

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