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UK: 27,000 solar jobs could go if FIT cut proposals are enacted

Solar installation, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association of employment data released by TBR Economic Research reveals that the vast majority of the 35,000 jobs the solar sector support could be at risk if FITs are cut.

Desert Solar to showcase Saudi Arabia's grand plan

Rub al Khalid desert, Saudi Arabia

Taking place in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the industry confab brings together global industry representatives and established local players eager to exploit the country's abundant solar resourcs.

juwi connects commercial clean energy scheme to UK grid

Wind and solar farm, KL Technologies, Kings Lynn, U.K.

Renewable energy project now provides Kings Lynn-based KL Technologies with 80% of its power requirements.

Canadian Solar improves third-quarter forecast

Canadian Solar PV modules, solar park, Germany

Following the completion and sales of solar parks, the Ontario-based company is now predicting increased shipments and higher margins. It will also supply 100 MW of panels to a new project in China.

SunPower acquires panel-cleaning technology company Greenbotics

SunPower Corp solar panels in a desert location.

The acquisition of the robotic solar panel cleaning technology -- which reduces water usage and improves LCOE -- enhances SunPower's energy services portfolio.

Largest PV plant in Japan goes online

70 MW Kagoshima solar plant, Kagoshima City, Japan

The 70 MW solar power plant will be run by the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation and boasts technology from German solar inverter company SMA.

US investors take a shine to solar

SolarCity US residential PV installation

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.

Grid buy-back rejected in Berlin

Berlin skyline

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.

SMA cuts sales forecast for 2013

SMA inverters.

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.

India passes 2 GW mark

Gujarat solar park.

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.

EU report highlights solar metals fear

The flags of the EU and China.

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.

Optimism high at PV Taiwan

PV Taiwan 2013, Taipei World Trade Center

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.

Jiangsu Shunfeng to pay $540 million plus for Suntech

Wuxi Suntech headquarters.

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.

Desertec to launch $40.5 million MENA fund

Morocco solar panels

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.

US solar industry enjoys second-best quarter

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.

Honda to dissolve Honda Soltec operations in early 2014

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.

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