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Nine out of 10 Australian households consider switch to solar

Residential rooftop solar array, Perth, Australia

Financial considerations are driving solar installations in Australia, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young, which found that 70% of people who had already installed PV systems did so for financial reasons.

Trina Solar’s Q3 results provide proof of financial strength and needed hope

Recent Q3 results from Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) at first glance added to discontent about the state of the industry. However, there is a lot more to see in that quarter. Moreover, a second glance shows there is reason to be...

Martifer Solar Hellas completes 2 projects in Greece

Martifer Solar Hellas has completed the development of two PV projects in Greece: a 277 kW ground-mounted plant in Kalamos and a 400 kW rooftop installation in Keratea in the Attica region.

LDK reins in losses in Q3

LDK Solar branding.

When LDK Solar publishes its quarterly figures there is as much interest in the company balance sheet as in the headline figures. With a staunching in the flow of money out of the debt-ridden manufacturer in Q3, the good news for...

IEA calls for "urgent action" on climate change

An IEA function.

The executive director of the International Energy Agency has made a call for "more urgent than ever" action to reduce carbon emissions and promote "low-carbon" energy investment. The strong statement comes as the second week of...

First Solar to supply 2 MW to China

First Solar will partner with Zhenfa New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd for a project in Xinjiang province, China.

Global Solar winding up production

A Global Solar facility.

In an ominous sign for the flexible CIGS manufacturer, U.S.-based Global Solar is reported to have been laying off staff at its Tucson, Arizona manufacturing facility. Reports are that the company has cut 95 staff.

Germany: More than 600 MW of PV installed in October

The German Federal Network Agency has released official installation numbers for October. There are barely any photovoltaic parks with more than 10 MW capacity installed.

US: $120 million to establish new batteries and storage hub

A team led by Argonne National Lab has been selected for an award of up to US$120 million to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub over five years.

Stop-start Ontario solar rush will soon restart … maybe

Interview with Antonio Antonopoulos.

The huge backlog of planned solar power projects in Canada that was prompted by an over-generous FIT regime could be solved when the provincial government's new FIT program starts either this month, or in January 2013.

SunPower signs joint venture agreement in China

SunPower has signed a joint venture agreement with Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor (TZS), Inner Mongolia Power Group (IMP) and Hohhot Jinqiao City Development Company (HJCD) for the manufacturing and deployment of the company's...

Taiwan increases PV target to 130 MW; decreases tariffs

The Bureau of Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced that it will increase its PV installation goal from 100 to 130 MW in 2013. Tariffs will however fall.

EU call to end environmentally harmful state subsidies

EU flags.

The draft EU Environmental Action Program (EAP), which would guide the union's environmental policy up to 2020, calls for state subsidies to environmentally harmful activities to be phased out and also demands a taxation shift in...

Centrotherm continues self-administration

The represented creditors, as part of the reporting and verification meeting called by the Ulm court in Germany, have unanimously resolved that the company should continue in self-administration.

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.

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