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Gigawatt Global shines solar on Burundi

GWG Burundi Managing Director Michael Fichtenberg, government officials and representatives of the Polytechnic University of Gitega at site of planned 7.5 MW PV plant in Burundi.

The solar and social development company has secured nearly $1 million in international grants to fund solar development in the southeastern African country, where only 4% of the population has access to electricity.


PV materials market to hit $27.2 billion by 2018

Yingli manufacturing

Due to the improved supply-demand balance, the global photovoltaic (PV) materials market will climb 52% in 2018, according to a report by Lux Research. Materials differentiation and innovations will become the major contributors...


EU anti-dumping duties expected to eliminate 1.3 GW of PV installations

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European PV installations are set to fall by more than 6 GW this year and the EU’s incoming anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules will account for 1.3 GW of the decline, according to a report by research group IHS. Global...


Ontario revamps FIT program

Ontario solar PV plant

Ontario is set to introduce a number of major changes to its solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) program that will create a competitive procurement process, expand funding programs for municipalities and seek to comply with the recent...


Planned PV project in Georgia secures government support

Georgian flag

Ergon Solair is one step closer to realizing a $1.5 billion, 1 GW photovoltaic power plant in Georgia. The enterprise would connect Georgia to the European grid via HVDC transmission.


U.S. PV installations rise 33% in first quarter

U.S. California kW solar PV plant

In the first three months of the year, the U.S. saw PV installations rise 33% to 723 MW, with solar now accounting for 49% of new electric capacity in the country, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries...


Inventux supplies PV modules for solar farm in Chile

Inventux Chile solar farm

German photovoltaic manufacturer Inventux is supporting construction of a 3 MW solar project in Chile.


LDK Solar’s Q1 results remain in the red

LDK Solar

Hit by falling prices and increased competition, LDK Solar remained deep in red ink in the first three months of the year with a net loss of $187.1 million, $104.3 million in revenue and liabilities totaling $5.3 billion.


France adds 88 MW of new PV in first quarter, weighs carbon footprint of future projects

France residential solar PV rooftop installation.

France installed 88 MW of new PV capacity in the first quarter of the year. While it's the lowest amount of solar capacity to be installed in the country since 2009, the French government is eager to increase PV while putting...


Spain: Another deep cut for renewables to come

Moron de la Frontera, Spain

In order to save costs for the public electric system, the Spanish government is set to again cut subsidies for operational PV plants. Feed-in-tariffs could shrink at a rate of 20%.


Advancing global smart grids

Global technical association IEEE has developed a comprehensive resource portfolio aimed at further developing short- and long-term smart grid innovation. Among the first resources available are three "Vision" documents.


Turkey: Commercial rooftop systems prove an interesting market

Izmir, Turkey

With its booming economy and growing energy demand, Turkey is one the world's most promising new PV markets, but difficulties in financing and bureaucracy remain obstacles.


Fraunhofer ISE researchers win innovation award

Semikron Innovation Award

This year's Semikron Innovation Award honored the work of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany, for their development of off-grid solar energy supply systems technology that...


Canadian Solar EPC for 130 MW Ontario plant

Ontario.

Chinese manufacturer continues its downstream focus by signing the biggest EPC deal in its corporate history to deliver a 130 MW utility scale plant in Ontario which will feature 440,000 Canadian Solar modules.


Romania to cut green certificates

Romania 8.75 MW PV plant

The Romanian government has approved legislation that will severely cut PV incentives for investors. Critics say the move could lead to a halt in foreign investment for the country's solar market.


Saudi Arabia unveils new solar training program

The Dubai skyline

Kingdom's Solar Industry Association has launched a vocational training program with U.S. solar training company SEI, aimed at engineers, designers and decision makers. The program will be showcased, along with a Women in Solar...


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