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UK renewables sector cheers carbon budget decision

Ed Davey, Nick Clegg

Legally binding target to cut carbon emissions by 80% will be upheld during the period 2023 to 2027, says U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

Australia: Fund looks to clear PPA hurdle

The Australian sky against a blue sky.

Major Australian financial services company, Investec has indicated that it will create a fund, which could accelerate utility-scale photovoltaics in the country.

Transition time for Sunways

Sunways photovoltaic solar components

Continuing falling photovoltaic prices, a shift in its core markets and cancelled supply contracts have all contributed to Sunways AG’s falling 2011 financials. However, it remains confident that new investor, LDK Solar, can...

NRG and GenOn announce merger

290 MW Agua Caliente photovoltaic solar plant

NRG Energy, Inc. and GenOn Energy, Inc. have unveiled their plans to merge. The two companies signed a definitive agreement, under which they intend to combine their activities in a stock‐for‐stock tax‐free transaction. The...

Brazil to launch first solar auctions

Brazil flag

Brazil's solar market will register a new milestone with the first unregulated commercial auction of solar power, planned for August 9 by Bioenergy, a Sao Paulo-based renewable energy developer and marketer.

SolarWorld has debt conditions relaxed

The SolarWorld HQ.

Bloomberg has reported that SolarWorld AG has had its lenders agree to relax terms on €375 million (US$475 million) of loans, in the face of "challenging market conditions."

Switzerland contemplating major shift to PV

A picture of a swiss flag, taken from a boat.

With a new energy framework only months away, photovoltaics is shaping up as the prime candidate to replace the nuclear reactors on which the country draws around 40 percent of its power.

Germany: Environment minister rethinks taxes on Chinese manufacturers


German Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier is for the implementation of anti-dumping lawsuits against Chinese manufacturers in the European context, should there be evidence of unfair competition.

IMS Research: Italian market set to decrease by over 40 percent in 2013

An Italian pv power plant.

New research published by IMS Research indicates that due to a surge in installations, the money set aside for Italy’s fifth Conto Energia will be insufficient to fund the scheme, and the Italian market will effectively be...

Australia: 750,000 homes install 1.7 GW

A farm house with a ground-mounted solar array.

In another sign of the steady growth in the Australian solar market, figures released today show that more than 750,000 homes now feature photovoltaic arrays. This brings cumulative capacity, on residential rooftops, to 1.7 GW.

UCLA develops transparent solar cell

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a highly transparent solar cell for building integration.

Trading insults: China launches AD probes against USA and South Korea

A picture of polysilicon.

Turnabout is fair play—or rather, fair trade, according to China, which on July 20 announced that it would launch countervailing duty (CVD) and anti-dumping (AD) investigations against the U.S. solar industry, as well as an AD...

First Solar receives Ex-Im bank boost

A First Solar photovoltaic module.

The U.S. Export-Import bank has authorized two loans worth US$57.3 million to support the development of three photovoltaic power plants in India, which will use First Solar thin film modules.

Amonix’s fab closure stokes PV political fires

A photo of the Amonix fab.

In the highly politicized debate surrounding renewable energy in the U.S., the closure of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) manufacturer Amonix’s Nevada fab has cause much debate among lawmakers.

China considers raising PV target to over 25 GW

Chjina solar photovoltaic plant Golmud 20 MW

According to industry analyst, Jefferies, China is mulling the possibility of again raising its 2015 photovoltaic target to over 25 GW. Meanwhile, it says feed-in tariff troubles have arisen, which may affect internal rates of...

US: Scandal 'Abounds' in Obama administration

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules

On the back of Abound’s bankruptcy announcement, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has held a hearing, during which former executives testified. While the process has been branded an "Obama bashing"...

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