The mandate of 50% renewables by 2030 is one of the strongest in the nation, and is expected to drive substantial investment into solar.
The U.S. solar equity markets enjoyed an upswing in October, driven by a substantial number of utility scale projects in the pipeline and advances in technology.
A grassroots movement had sought to amass enough votes to ensure a state buy-back of the city electricity grid, currently operated by Swedish energy group Vattenfall. The effort lost by a narrow margin.
German inverter manufacturer SMA says it will not break even in 2013, thanks to European downturn. But SMA's acquisition of Zeversolar is expected to help the company to brighter times ahead.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says grid-connected solar in the country has passed the 2 GW point. Wind power still dominates the sector with 19.8 GW installed.
The EU's Joint Research Center says three metals used in the solar industry are at risk of shortages. China's stranglehold of raw materials could mean problems ahead for Europe.
Less was more that this year's PV Taiwan confab in Taipei, where attendees noted a greater number of higher level executives and more serious engagement among participants as overall business improves.
Solar manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng has announced details of its planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech. If successful, the move would consolidate Cheng Kin Ming's position in Chinese solar.
The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is developing an investment vehicle to support renewable energy projects in the MENA region, which Dii says will reach 3.3 GW of RE capacity by 2015.
The second quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 832 MW of solar capacity – a 15% increase on Q1 and only beaten by Q4 2012, when 1,311 MW were installed.
The Japanese motor giants will discontinue their wholly-owned PV subsidiary in Spring next year due to falling revenues in that part of their business.
Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.
Freetricity has chosen PassivSystems to monitor a free solar PV roll-out campaign due to be launched across the U.K., a scheme that is expected to add 30 MW of rooftop solar to the nation’s portfolio.
The Thai government is reportedly preparing to make it easier for households to install solar rooftops. An easier permitting regime could be put before government for approval on Tuesday.
The country's Commerce Ministry cited the "comparative specificity and complexity" of the case as reason for the extension, which will run until May 1.
First Solar's Q3 figures show sales and profits jumping as the company announces an imminent deal to sell its 250 MW Silver State South scheme. Foreign exchange losses are the only negative of impressive figures.
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