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.
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.
Renewable energy project now provides Kings Lynn-based KL Technologies with 80% of its power requirements.
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.
The acquisition of the robotic solar panel cleaning technology -- which reduces water usage and improves LCOE -- enhances SunPower's energy services portfolio.
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.
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.
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