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Chinese officials set ambitious and unlikely 100 GW goal

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Target was announced by energy official Nur Bekri to parliament. Government aims to rein in coal in favor of natural gas, wind and solar.


17. April 2013 | | Comment now

US: 99% of installed PV systems in 2012 were net-metered projects

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Net-metered projects continue to grow in the U.S., as annual capacity surpassed 2 GW for first time in 2012, according to a report on new trends and solar power connections by U.S. electric utilities released by the Solar...


2012 global clean energy investments decline, as capacity grows

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Despite an 11% decline in global clean energy investments in 2012, the industry showed “resilience” by adding 88 GW of generating capacity, according to a report released by U.S.-based The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Saudi Arabia: 50 monitoring stations planned for solar

Saudi Arabia has turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for training and expertise. Together with NREL and its partner Battelle, more than 50 monitoring station to gauge and predict...


IEA: Solar a leader, but clean energy progress has "stalled"

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While the Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 report, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in New Delhi today, commends the rapid uptake in solar and other renewables worldwide, it reports that clean energy progress...


17. April 2013 | | Comment now

EU votes against carbon market rescue fix

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The EU Parliament yesterday narrowly voted against a rescue plan created to help the debilitated carbon market, thus putting the emissions trading scheme it created in 2005 in order to help combat climate change, at risk.


China: Hefei government takes over LDK Solar subsidiary

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An affiliate of the Hefei City government in China has agreed to purchase LDK Solar subsidiary, LDK Solar High-Tech (Hefei) Co., Ltd for around RMB 120 million (US$19.4 million, €14.7 million). Originally the subsidiary was to be...


Grid integration: India looks to Germany

Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Alok Srivastava seeks German cooperation to bring grid integration technology to India.


Thin film opportunities as PV downturn draws to a close

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Despite the declining market share of thin film technologies in global photovoltaics, as the market emerges from the current downturn, opportunities will present in various niches. This was one of the key messages delivered by...


Weak Q1 for clean energy investments, says BNEF

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Global investment in clean energy in the first quarter 2013 was the lowest since 2009, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). In 2013, nonetheless, it predicts that solar installations will grow...


Solen reports insolvency

PV manufacturer Solen was unable to repay the interest on a loan within the stipulated time period. Two meetings with creditors to decide on a moratorium failed, due to the lack of interest and participation. The board is left...


LDK Solar announces non-payment of convertible notes

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China-based LDK-Solar announced that, due to a temporary cash-flow shortage, it was not able to make full payments to the holders of its 4.75% convertible senior notes due on April 15. A settlement is said to have been reached,...


Austria: New subsidy system for PV

Austria started its subsidy round for PV power plants on Friday. A total budget of €36 million has been set aside. With this budget more than 24,000 power plants with a total capacity of 115 MW are expected to be developed.


Germany likely to see storage subsidies on May 1

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German state bank KfW says it is ready to start support of storage systems for photovoltaic systems in early May. The green light is, however, still to come from Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin.


El Salvador to build 14 MW plant

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The government of El Salvador is gearing up to build a 14 MW photovoltaic plant with financial help from German state bank KfW. It is expected to be the largest system of its kind, when complete.


Cyprus introduces net metering for residential PV systems

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The Cypriot Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) announced a number of steps on Friday, aimed at facilitating development of PV in Cyprus. Among them is the large-scale application of net metering.


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