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SunPower to build 160 MW panel fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

SunPower will manufacture high-efficiency solar panels at the new facility, which will also house its EPC and O&M offices, consolidating its South African operations under one roof.


Oerlikon completes sale of solar business

Oerlikon has announced that it has closed the sale of its solar business to Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL). TEL acquires 100% of Oerlikon Solar shares with cash proceeds for Oerlikon amounting to CHF 250 million (€207 million).


European consortium highlights competitiveness of PV

The PV PARITY Project has concluded that grid parity is imminent in several countries. The European wide project bases its results on system prices, retail electricity prices, cost of financing, and capacity in countries to...


Germany: Siemens and SWK create smart grid in Wachtendonk

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities and the municipal utility SWK STADTWERKE KREFELD AG (SWK) are working together to transform the existing power grid in a municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project "Wachtendonk is doing...


Every fifth German is willing to invest in solar

According to a study undertaken by TNS Emnid, a German media and social research institute, every 5th German is ready to invest in solar power. The study was done under commission of LG Electronics.


Australian report pushes 100% renewable energy future

Australia's first utility-scale PV power plant.

A new report, released today by Australia’s Climate Commission, has made the case for a vastly expanded role for renewable energy in the country. The report argues that Australia is currently in "critical decade" in which a...


Qatar: Solar program delayed

Qatar has stated that its expansion plans for solar power is being held up by certain issues like the scale of the projects planned and the dust that blows in from the desert areas.


13th Forum Solarpraxis ends on a positive note

The solar branch will have to tide through challenges, but it can also look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.


Ontario: Government committed to strengthening FIT program

The Ontario Minister of Energy Chris Bentley has issued a Directive to the Ontario Power Authority to finalise the FIT program.


Ominous signs for LDK Solar?

The brand of LDK Solar.

For some time speculation has swirled around LDK Solar, about whether its huge debts will prove too great a challenge for the vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer. In a sign that issues may be coming to a head, media...


European Parliament members ask for speed in trade case investigation

Members of the European Parliament at a plenary debate yesterday stated that they expect the European Commission to speed up its investigation against the Chinese price dumping allegations. EU ProSun made this statement in a...


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...


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