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Indian government considers introducing FIT

India's prime minister Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi's government is reportedly considering whether to introduce fixed payment incentives for solar. Any FIT would replace the country's reverse bidding process for developers.


Innovative technologies will drive PV metallization costs down

Imec copper plated solar photovoltaic cell

Lux Research has said that emerging technologies will bring the costs of photovoltaic metallization down and improve process yields. Overall, copper has been named as the "logical metallization winner".


Greek PV installations rise

Greece Drama solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest statistics, Greece has installed 627 MW of photovoltaics to date. Of this, 53 MW was added in May. Meanwhile, in 2012, photovoltaics has generated 292.9 GWh of energy in the country.


US: GOP hopes Solyndra Act will sway American voters

Solyndra factory building

Can the United States fund research and innovation, without factoring in some financial risk? In a political move calculated to prolong the Solyndra scandal, but characterized as concern over lack of due diligence in the...


Is Italy’s Conto Energia V pointless?

Italy solar photovoltaic rooftop system

On July 12, Italy reached its €6 billion photovoltaic feed-in tariff funding limit. On Friday 13, the energy agency’s official counter showed just under €6 billion worth of funding for plants. By Monday 16, it was sitting at...


China predicted to install 5 to 7 GW of PV in 2012

China 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant

According to IMS Research, between five and seven GW worth of photovoltaics will be installed in China in 2012. It forecasts that over four GW will be added in the second half of the year alone.


Interest increases in Brazilian solar market, but challenges remain

Brazil one MW solar photovoltaic Plant Taua

The Brazilian solar market has yet to get off the ground, and many of the existing photovoltaic installations are off-grid. However, according to ANEEL, there has been a recent "explosion" of interest in the country, with rooftop...


ReneSola ups 2012 shipment guidance

ReneSola factory image

ReneSola Ltd has increased its full year 2012 photovoltaic product shipment guidance on the back of strong 1H sales. In related news, it has signed a 100 MW module distribution agreement with Greece-based Big Solar S.A.


Ontario: SkyPower challenges FIT; seeks damages

Ontario 10.8MW solar photovoltaic plant Thunder Bay

SkyPower Group has applied to launch a judicial review against the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), in light of proposed photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FITs) changes. It is further seeking to claim...


Ukraine cuts solar FITs

Ukraine 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant

Ukraine has cut its photovoltaic feed-in tariffs by up to 27 percent. It has further adopted a new law, under which private households may sell solar electricity to the grid. Meanwhile, the country's renewable energy targets have...


PV margin and pricing pressure to continue into Q3

Solar park with Yingli Green Energy's photovoltaic modules

According to the Deutsche Bank's latest solar industry update, photovoltaic companies can expect to see continued margin and pricing pressure.


Intersolar NA: US market growth despite difficulties

Intersolar North America crowd shot

The Intersolar North America tradeshow and conference ended today with a mixed outlook for photovoltaics, and talk of an industry shakeout prominent in discussions.


Indonesia: Pertamina seeks to develop PV

Indonesian state oil and gas company, PT Pertamina will collaborate with P T LEN Industry to establish an integrated PV industry in the country.


Pike Research joins Navigant

Navigant, a global expert services provider, has acquired Pike Research, expanding its energy research and market intelligence offerings.


Spain: Rajoy plans to raise cash from renewables

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has told his parliament that tax hikes for the renewable energy sectors would be part of the solution for the €65 billion deficit in the country. He made this statement at the address...


Intersolar NA: Bullish PV prospects for US

Intersolar North America 2012 opening day crowd shot

Uncharacteristically clear blue skies greeted attendees at the fifth Intersolar North America tradeshow, which began yesterday in San Francisco, California. Despite a number of political and regulatory clouds hanging over the...


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