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Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.

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India: 1 GW milestone crossed

Local media in India have reported that solar photovoltaic installations in the country have crossed the one GW mark, according to the data released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Suntech investigates possibility of fraud

Suntech Power Holdings has launched an investigation into a security interest the company received in connection with its investment in Global Solar Fund, S.C.A., Sicar (GSF). This investigation may delay Suntech's earnings...

SG&E dedicates new green energy transmission line

Power lines set against the southern Californian sky.

Californian utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SD&E) has held a dedication ceremony to open the 117-mile, 500 kilovolt (kV) Sunrise Powerlink transmission line. The line will carry solar and wind-generated electricity from the...

A concentrated hub

A CPV array, set against the rising sun.

During Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco July 10-12, pv magazine took the chance to turn the spotlight on some key firms in the City and Bay Area. A key technology and online hub, the Bay Area is home to iconic...

US: 200,000 GW of solar could be installed; 4,000 TWh/a

US California solar photovoltaic installation

According to a new study released by NREL, the technical potential of photovoltaics and concentrating solar power (CSP) in the U.S. amounts to just under 200,000 GW, which could generate around 399,700 TWh of energy annually.

Centrotherm postpones AGM

centrotherm photovoltaics HQ Germany

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has said it will postpone its AGM while it works on its self-administration and restructuring plan.

Solarwatt subsidiary also files for insolvency

Sunstrom ADAC

Germany-based SunStrom GmbH has filed for insolvency. Lawyer, Rüdiger Wienberg has been appointed provisional liquidator by the Dresden insolvency court.

EU ProSun launched to spearhead PV trade case

Milan Nitzschke SolarWorld

Following the admission by SolarWorld yesterday that a complaint against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers had been filed in Europe, a statement was released announcing the launch of the "EU ProSun" initiative, behind which over...

Germany: PV contribution increases 47 percent YoY

Germany solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest statistics, photovoltaic contribution to Germany’s electricity needs has grown 47 percent in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, to date, 2012 has been a record year for renewable energy in the country.

SolarWorld confirms EU dumping case

EU Parliament in Brussels

SolarWorld has confirmed to pv magazine that an anti-dumping complaint has been filed by a consortium of European manufacturers with the European Commission. More information is expected to be released by the Bonn-based company...

India: Bharat Heavy Electricals commissions 5 MW solar plant

BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) has commissioned a five MW grid-connected solar power plant in Shivanasamudram, Karnataka. The company claims it is the largest plant of its kind in the state.

PV inverter industry must focus on emerging markets

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters

As with photovoltaic module manufacturers and project developers, inverter manufacturers must look to emerging markets in order to secure future growth, according to new research. Latest industry figures further indicate that...

EU PV dumping complaint lodged

European Union flags

Following months of speculation, a coalition of solar companies, again led by SolarWorld, has reportedly filed an anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) complaint in the EU. The European Commission now has 45 days to...

US opens 285,000 public acres to solar development

Map of six states chosen for utility scale solar development

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the Departments of Interior and Energy, has identified 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) on public lands, covering 285,000 acres across six southwestern states, as priority areas...

New Jersey pushes 'Restart button' on SRECs

Constellation Energy 5.38 MW Photovoltaic system Flanders New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation into law on July 23 that will foster the continuing, rampant growth of the state’s solar energy market, the second largest in the United States, after California. Under the...

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