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SunEdison secures financing for beachhead in China

Xinjiang, China

The leading U.S. solar group has signed a joint venture deal with China's JIC Capital, which says the country's PV industry requires international know-how to improve.

FITs can unlock Africa's untapped renewable energy potential

A new policy guide has been launched by the World Future Council, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth UK for African decision makers at the UN climate summit COP 18 in Doha.

Signet Solar U.S. bows to the inevitable

The U.S. flag.

The U.S. parent company of Germany’s Signet Solar – which went bankrupt in June 2010 – has followed suit more than two years later.

Germany: EU Commission assesses EEG

The EU Commission is assessing the renewable energy policy or EEG in Germany. EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia sees the EEG with a critical eye.

Japan: Shimozuru power plant goes online

The 1MW Shimozuru solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan has gone online. Solar Frontier supplied approximately 6,700 thin film modules to this utility-scale project.

ReneSolar announced Q3 results

ReneSolar has announced that the company has exceeded guidance figures with a record solar wafer and module shipments of 533 MW. This represents an increase of 5.8% from Q2.

SunEdison signs 85 MW of PPAs

Something to do with the firm SunEdison in the US.

Photovoltaic integrator SunEdison has announced the signing of 85 MW of PPAs, with utilities in California. The five PPAs in total have been signed with Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric and Riverside – one...

Malaysia: 20 MW solar quota postponed

A photo of Malaysia.

The release of a new 20 MW quota for small-scale photovoltaic installations in Malaysia has been postponed until Q1 2013. The FIT quota is for installations smaller than 500 kW and was scheduled to be released on December 17th.

Chile: environmental approval sought for almost 300 MW

A part of northern Chile.

Two solar energy developers in Chile submitted Declarations of Environmental Impact (DIA) for three new photovoltaic projects worth more than US$600 million to Chile’s environmental evaluation service (SEA) over the last ten days.

Updated: India officially initiates anti-dumping investigations

India’s Ministry of Commerce has officially launched anti-dumping investigations into imported solar cells from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the U.S. The investigations will decide if retroactive duties should be imposed.

Applied Materials announces new head

Applied Materials Inc. plans to combine two business units, Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) and Display, under one leader, Ali Salehpour effective as of November, 29.

SolarWorld says it did not receive federal subsidies

SolarWorld has made a statement that it has not received any federal subsidies for the development of its solar manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Oregon or for the redevelopment of its now-closed Camarillo plant in California.

South Africa: SunEdison closes funding on 58 MW

An image of mountains in South Africa.

SunEdison has announced today that it has closed US$314 million in financing for two utility scale photovoltaic power plants in South Africa. Plans to develop the 30 MW Witkop Solar Park and the 28 MW Soutpan Solar Park can now...

Yingli posts $150 million Q3 loss

A screenshot of Yingli's website.

While basking in the glow of its largest ever supply deal, Yingli Green Energy has posted a substantial loss for Q3 2012. The net loss of U.S. $152.6 million is an increase on the loss of $92 million in Q2, and $29 million in Q3...

Training network for PV researchers

A new EU consortium will develop a training network for PV researchers. The KESTCELLS project as it is called has a total budget of over €3.7 million. The aim is to increase European competitiveness of existing technologies.

System integrators top utility scale development

A rooft with solar modules.

Companies that both develop and install photovoltaic power plants – known as system integrators – have topped the latest list of large scale solar developers. German and American companies remain on top, however new entrants from...

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