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SolarCity to offer up to US$200 million in bonds

The third-party solar company is the first in the residential space to issue a corporate bond offering. The bonds will offer interest rates up to 4%, and SolarCity has launched a new online investment site.

Part of Saudia Arabia’s 41 GW timeline emerges

Part of the Saudi skyline.

Since May of this year Saudi Arabian plans to install 41 GW of solar capacity by 2032 have been known. Details are beginning to emerge as to how these plans will be built out.

Further UK PV FIT cuts unlikely amid weak capacity growth

The Union Jack flag.

Solar capacity growth for the August to October period appears to be below the level required to trigger further feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts in February, according to figures released today by the U.K.’s Department of Energy and...

Australia: funding released for PV research

A roof in Australia with a PV array.

The Australian federal government has released a new round of funding for "early and mid career" photovoltaic researchers. The funding is a part of the government’s "Skills Development Program."

India: Rajasthan announces improved solar bidding process

Rajasthan has resumed its bidding process for PV and thermal projects. This process was previously postponed in May. Some major changes will be undertaken.

Renewable energy VC funding to triple

Zouk Capital's Alois Flatz reported that it is very difficult to raise VC funds for cleantech at present.

A new report, released today by Frost & Sullivan, has predicted that venture capital (VC) funding to renewable energy technologies is set to triple by 2020. The analysts report that this is due to, "environmental support for...

Germany’s Energy Minister opens 13 Forum Solarpraxis

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s federal Energy Minister, Peter Altmaier has opened the 13th Forum Solarpraxis. In his speech, he linked his political fate with the success of the energy transition. In the coming week, Germany’s first EEG dialogue on...

AFASE: Punitive PV tariffs put 30,000 European jobs in danger

Suntech Chinese Solar photovoltaic modules

In a new study, AFASE has laid out the consequences it expects anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers in Europe will have. Expected European-wide is a fall in demand, job losses and price...

Australia’s Solmessis claims proposed 80 MW PV plant close to grid parity

Greenough River solar photovoltaic farm Australia

Australian developer Solmessis claims its proposed flagship project, located in the northern state of Queensland, will be all but commercially viable even without government financial incentives or subsidies.

Germany’s Altmaier sees benefits of PV cuts

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Environment Minister expects new photovoltaic capacity additions to halve in 2013. These expectations would fall in line with the government’s annual expansion plans.

US announces Asia-Pacific energy partnership

Barack Obama

The Presidents of the U.S. and Indonesia, and the Sultan of Brunei have proposed the formation of U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future. Under the partnership, the U.S. has said it will...

US: Georgia Power’s solar initiative approved

Georgia Power building

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI). Overall, the utility aims to acquire 210 MW of solar power over the next two years.

Meyer Burger to cut workforce further

Meyer Burger HQ Switzerland

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has announced it will cut around 250 jobs across the group. The Swiss company has already reduced its workforce by around 500 this year. The challenging photovoltaic market conditions have been cited...

JinkoSolar's Q3 figures – a success story, of sorts

JinkoSolar solar photovoltaic park

The release of JinkoSolar’s Q3 figures is the story of the Chinese giant shipping ever higher volumes whilst significantly reducing the horrific losses posted in the previous quarter, backing up CEO Kangping Chen’s assertion that...

Revenue increase breaks downturn for many Taiwan solar makers, but does it signal a turnaround?


October’s earning reports were a pleasant surprise for Taiwan’s solar industry, which rebounded 7.5% month on month (MM) on the back of robust gains by wafer makers and certain cell makers.

Tying UK utility-scale solar support to domestic FITs "makes no sense"

UK large-scale solar photovoltaic park

A U.K. solar trade body has renewed its calls for the government to rein in its planned reductions in support for photovoltaics. A decision is expected on the latest renewables obligation banding within days.

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