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Neo Solar Power buys 30% stake in Phanes Group

The Taiwanese PV cell maker has expanded its downstream activities by buying a stake in Emirati/Swiss project developer Phanes Group.

Hanwha SolarOne narrows second-quarter loss, improves revenue

Hanwha SolarOne

With a strong performance in Japan and South Africa, China's Hanwha SolarOne increased shipments, improved its revenue and cut its losses from April to June. Company executives are upbeat about the rest of the year and beyond.

First Solar and Belectric announce JV

A Belectric solar park.

The U.S. thin film giant will supply the modules and Belectric the Balance of Systems for the proposed joint venture. PV Projects will aim to develop schemes in Europe and North America as well as smaller projects in the U.S.

Wisconsin Libertarian Party surprises observers with endorsement of solar proposal

The state's Libertarians have endorsed a proposal led by RENEW Wisconsin -- a local clean energy group -- to allow Wisconsin electricity customers to lease solar panels for their energy needs.

North Carolina researchers improve stacked solar cell connections

Solar panels

The breakthrough will allow solar cell manufacturers to create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing voltage at the connecting junctions, potentially improving conversion efficiency.

Gujarat prepares new solar rooftop policy

A solar park in Gujarat.

State is aiming to encourage 40 MW of rooftop systems, split between residential and non residential systems. Any surplus energy generated by non residential systems would not be eligible for FIT payments.

Hawaiian utility facing increasing costs due to solar boom

Hawaii solar PV panels

The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) is passing on increasing costs to solar power users in the state as it grapples with a major surge in residential PV power generation.

Brunei poised to roll out feed-in tariffs

Minister of Energy for the oil-rich southeast Asian state announces plans to introduce a feed-in tariff (FIT) policy over the next 18 months.

Former First Solar VP charged by SEC

First Solar modules.

Former head of investor relations told selected investors and analysts about loss of loan guarantee in 2011. The formal announcement of the news the next morning caused a 6% share price fall.

Investment group plans £200 million UK solar investment

A U.K. solar farm.

The Foresight Solar Fund would finance eight U.K. ground mount plants with the profits from a planned London IPO. A partner for the fund says solar offers a more attractive investment in the UK than wind.

UK firm to develop 600 MW Zimbabwean plants


The Thompson Cole Consortium will reportedly develop eight farms in rural locations across Zimbabwe. The chairman of local developer Twalumba Holdings says he is eager to work with the relevant departments of Robert Mugabe's...

Brazilian PV developers pitch for 2.7 GW

Rio de Janeiro.

The first federal energy auction to feature solar in Brazil has prompted applications for 2.7 GW of projects. Some 1.75 GW of the applications are for projects in Bahia state.

US-based solar franchise Solar Universe acquires GEN110

Solar Universe positions itself at the forefront of the U.S. solar industry with acquisition of GEN110 as part of its ongoing expansion.

Plans for 12 Russian PV plants still at negotiation stage

The Urals.

An Avelar Energy representative told pv magazine, plans for PV plants in three Russian regions are still at the planning stage. An Interfax report says the plants will total 120 MW of solar.

SolarWorld lodges two trade-case appeals to Court of International Trade in New York

SolarWorld Industries America Inc. submits two appeals against U.S. Department of Commerce findings they claim weakened their position in countering Chinese "illegal trade aggression."

OPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program Rules

Ontario Power Authority (OPA) publishes FIT 3 draft of proposed update to FIT 2.1 Program Rules, intended to reflect the policy decisions of the Minister of Energy in time for the next FIT application period.

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