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Ontario plans for 250 MW-AC of solar in 2nd phase of large renewables procurement

The province has doubled renewable energy targets in the 2nd phase of the LRP, citing lower than expected costs.

Panama's first solar plant begins operation

National Park in Panama

The 2.4 MW plant, which cost an estimated $10 million, was inaugurated last week by Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.

No-fly zone: California solar thermal farm proves fatal to birds

Ivanpah solar thermal project, California

Concerns over the Ivanpah solar thermal power project's potential dangers to wildlife appear to be growing and could lead to greater support for photovoltaic technology.

SolarWorld trumpets ITC decision

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The US subsidiary of German manufacturer SolarWorld welcomed the ITC verdict 20 minutes after it was announced. SolarWorld America claims Chinese producers enjoy no unsubsidised cost advantage over US rivals.

ITC announces dates for duties decisions

Shipping containers.

The preliminary AD verdict is expected on March 26 and a CVD decision on June 9. The commission arrived at a unanimous verdict that Chinese goods are unfairly harming U.S. manufacturers.

ITC finds dumping and subsidy damage from Taiwanese cells

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The International Trade Commission has just revealed its 'affirmative' decision. Preliminary AD duties are now due to be decided upon next month.

Branson leads renewables charge on Necker

The Dominican Republic.

The charismatic Virgin founder hopes to introduce a pan-Caribbean commitment to renewables. Branson is using his private island home as a test bed for the region.

GCL-Poly acquires stake in circuit board business

A GCL-Poly solar development at Zhongwei Ningxia.

Chinese wafer and polysilicon manufacturer GCL-Poly will spend $186 million to take a two-thirds interest in Same Time Holdings. The move will see both parties focus on solar plant development.

Trina Solar jumps the gun on ITC decision

A Trina Solar module.

The Chinese module manufacturer's acquisition of a mainland cell maker pre-empts the decision of the U.S. authorities, due this afternoon. Trina's Chinese bolt-on acquisition will be seen as an ominous move by Taiwanese cell...

British academics receive €2.4 million grant for PV cell research

CdTe thin film PV cell.

A consortium of scientists led by Bristol University will use the funds to develop new active materials for PV cells using low-cost and abundant natural elements.

SMA and E.ON develop world's first modular large-scale battery

The M5BAT at SMA.

The 5 MW M5BAT storage system is located in Aachen, Germany, and has been backed by a €6.5 million grant from the German government's Energy Storage Funding Initiative.

Pipeline of PV projects in Pakistan reaches 772 MW

Solar installation in Punjab village, Pakistan.

The country currently has 22 individual solar PV projects under different stages of development, according to Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board.

S.A.G. Solarstrom to open insolvency proceeedings

S.A.G. Solarstrom in Freiburg, Germany.

The German developer has announced it will open general insolvency proceedings on March 1 after a brief flirtation with self-administered proceedings. The crisis started after problems in the UK and Italy.

Fraunhofer ISE signs renewable energy MoU with Fukushima

Fraunhofer research of solar PV cells.

This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to help the Japanese Prefecture become the country's new hub for renewable energy research.

BELECTRIC completes four Californian solar facilities totaling 7.8 MW

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

The solar EPC contractor completed the projects at the end of 2013 under the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff FIT program.

Opposition to UK solar farms is a perception problem

A solar farm in the UK.

A chief advisor to the NFU says the majority of UK solar developers follow agreed best practice guidelines. A rising number of solar farms are being called in, and rejected, by the secretary of state for communities of the...

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