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Buffett strikes cheapest electricity price in US with Nevada solar farm

Warren Buffett and Barack Obama.

Berkshire Hathaway's NV Energy strikes PPA price of 3.87 cents per kWh for electricity generated by First Solar's 100 MW Playa Solar 2 project, according to Bloomberg.

PV Japan 2013, smaller and more focused

Tokyo Big Sight.

The PV Japan 2013 trade show is smaller than its rival PV Expo event but offers opportunities in supporting technologies such as mounting systems. Uncertainty over the generous FIT regime, however, was a recurring theme.

Hanergy swallows Global Solar


After acquiring Germany's Solibro and Silicon Valley's MiaSolé, Hanergy has taken over Arizona-based Global Solar, solidifying its position as a global leader in the thin film sector.

MP-Tec opens shop in Ghana

Cape Coat, Ghana

Germany's MP-Tec is partnering with local investors on a joint venture in Ghana. Political stability, a strong middle class and high electricity prices make the West African nation an attractive market.

First Solar, PNM partner on planned 23 MW New Mexico plants

First Solar PV module

Public Service Company of New Mexico and First Solar are planning to build three new PV plants in New Mexico, part of the former's 2014 solar portfolio totaling 67 MW in the state.

EC greenlights ABB acquisition of Power-One

ABB Building

The European Commission has paved the way for ABB's increasing global prominence as a leading inverter supplier after okaying its takeover of U.S. inverter manufacturer Power-One, noting that the $1 billion deal did not raise...

SEPA offers primer on net energy metering

Net-energy metering SEPA

Industry trade group SEPA examines the politics and practicality of net energy metering and finds that utilities are increasingly interested distributed generation agreements and helping to maximize the value of solar.

Greece adds 148 MW while preparing for drastic new FIT cuts

Greece Solar Park Martifer Solar

Greece added 148 MW of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter but the situation for solar developers is getting tougher: new FIT cuts are on the way and consumers face 120% electricity fee hikes to back new RES projects.

SolarWorld to layoff Oregon employees

SolarWorld Hillsboro, Oregon

Germany's beleaguered SolarWorld is laying off some 50 workers at its Oregon factory and the number could reach 100, according to press reports. The company blames Chinese PV imports for the move.

Punjab government awards 250 MW in new projects to 26 developers

Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, Punjab

India continues to expand solar power generation as the state of Punjab approves 250 MW of new solar projects as part of achieving its 1 GW goal in four years.

Tata Power to develop 28.8 MW solar project in Maharashtra, India

Maharashtra, India

Indian utility Tata Power is boosting its solar activities with a new 28.8 MW project in the state of Maharashtra. Its 25 MW plant in neighboring Gujarat has just surpassed 43 GWh.

Arizona leads US in per capita solar

Marana, Arizona

Solar generation is on the rise in the U.S. and Arizona has become the leading state in terms of solar capacity per capita, but it now appears to be reversing course.

Agreement expected this week in EU-China trade dispute

The European Commission and China continue to wrangle for a compromise in the ongoing trade dispute over dumping prices on imported Chinese PV products. Insiders expect an agreement this week.

Chinese module prices on the rise

Trina Solar PV module production

Chinese panels are increasing in price due to the EU's anti-dumping tariffs. As a result, high-quality modules from South Korean and Western suppliers are becoming more competitive, says IHS.

Mascotte's $250 million due diligence bill


The Taiwanese company has been forced to take HK$1.93bn hit in its 2013 figures, part of a HK$3.03 billion annual loss, after due diligence over the Sun Materials acquisition failed to spot a hydroflouric acid problem.

Russian Far East bolsters RES capacity

The Russian Far East, where adverse climate conditions have resulted in high prices for fossil fuels, is increasingly embracing renewable energy. The offers opportunity, but also challenges for local developers.

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