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IRENA conference highlights PV solutions for island tourism

IRENA conference attendees

Hot topics at the event included the pressing need for adequate energy storage on islands as well as the compelling case for photovoltaics.


'Fast Track' project to develop thin film technology

Eighteen European partners have come together to work on the next generation thin film modules for better efficiency. The project has been awarded €9.3 million in funds from the EU.


S.A.G. Solarstrom successfully concludes sale

German company S.A.G. Solarstrom has successfully concluded sale of 48 megawatt peak (MWp) project to BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners.


India: First Solar powers 40 MW Rajasthan project

First Solar's modules have been used to power a 40 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant in Rajasthan that will provide clean energy to Mumbai.


WTO hearing: Canada defends its FITs

The Canadian province of Ontario had its say this week in Geneva at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) hearing.


Emerging markets in Europe’s south and east

A conference crowd.

In the week that the changes to Germany’s feed in tariffs (FITs) were passed into law, the third-annual PV Power Plants EU conference in Vienna has heard that there is potential in Germany’s near neighbors.


Germany: Micro smart grid concluded in Berlin

Schneider Electric has collaborated with the Innovation Center for Mobility and Social Change (InnoZ) to complete a micro smart grid at the EUREF-Campus in Germany's capital city.


Germany: Drastic cuts will be made

After weeks of ping-pong energy politics, the German parliament has approved the drastic cuts in subsidies for solar installations. This has been apparently undertaken to curb the pace of solar development in the country.


UK: RWE & E.ON exit from Horizon nuclear project

Utilities giants RWE and E.ON have decided to drop their plans to develop new nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom. The companies had previously planned on investing billions into these projects.


Cell equipment purchases to hit 35 GW by 2017

Yole Développement has predicted that about 35 gigawatts (GW) of new solar cell manufacturing equipment will be purchased by 2017.


Grid parity, but at what cost?

A conference crowd.

The third annual PV Power Plants conference in Vienna continued today with questions being raised about the hidden cost of falling module prices. Specifically, it was asked what kind of R&D will be able to be undertaken by...


JinkoSolar expands to Singapore

JinkoSolar has announced the opening of its new office in Singapore, which will serve as the company's regional headquarters.


Decision time for the Korean PV industry

IGEE Korea 2012 crowd shot

The Korean photovoltaics industry is at a crossroads and the next two years will be pivotal for the country in terms of its position in the global solar market. Upcoming elections hold some promise for Korea, if the United New...


Conergy posts €183 million (US$243 million) loss

THe Conergy logo.

German-based vertically integrated company Conergy has posted a significant EBIT loss for 2011. In its annual report released today, the company has attributed a decision to shift inventory and equipment write offs, at its...


New report highlights best practices in PV

California based organisation 'As You Sow' has released a report titled "Clean & Green: Best Practices in Photovoltaics" to highlight best practices undertaken by photovoltaic manufacturers.


Sale of Serenissima project to be concluded

S.A.G. Solarstrom has announced that the sales process of the 48 megawatt peak (MWp) Serenissima photovoltaic project will be concluded shortly. The closing was initially delayed due to the high degree of administrative effort.


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