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Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.

Austria stops tariffs for PV systems over 500 kWp

Austria solar photovoltaic rooftop system

Austria’s government has unveiled a new Green Energy Act, under which feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants over 500 kWp have been removed. Meanwhile, a new support structure has been devised for building integrated and rooftop...

Australia: 90% renewable target set for Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has unveiled a plan this week that sets the goal that 90% of its energy needs will be provided by renewable energy, by 2020. The key pillars to the plan are solar, wind and energy...

Renewables in UK to rival thermal power by 2025

The British flag.

A new report, released today, has concluded that the cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy plants will reach 79 GW by 2025, only 2 GW less than the predicted installed capacity of traditional thermal plants.

Bulgaria: Up to 39% retroactive grid fee for PV operators

Bulgaria 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic project

The Bulgarian state regulator has introduced a retroactive renewable energy grid fee. Under the new rules, photovoltaic operators will have to pay back up to 39% of their feed-in tariffs (FITs). While the fee is supposed to be...

Italy closes first PV register

Italy solar photovoltaic park

At midnight, registration for Italy’s first photovoltaic register under the Conto Energia V expired. GSE is scheduled to publish the list of projects eligible for a feed-in tariff (FIT) in October.

French Government plans FIT phase out

France solar photovoltaic rooftop system

To further develop photovoltaic power in France, the new French government has recommended a change from the current feed-in tariff (FIT) system, available for systems up to 100 kWp, to an auction system.

India: Demand for RECs expected to rocket by 2016

India solar photovoltaic park

Despite only 5 of India's solar Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) being traded when the solar offsetting mechanism started this May, consulting firm Bridge to India has predicted some 480 million RECs will be changing hands by...

Australia: Proposed "gross FITs" slammed

Queensland Premier Newman

Only months after the new conservative government in the Australian state of Queensland slashed its FIT program, a proposal to pay “gross FITs” has been slammed by clean energy groups.

UK: Solar a "deal sealer" for home buyers

A picture of the British flag.

New figures from British bank ING Direct has shown that solar is the most important "non essential" factor in encouraging a prospective buyer to agree to purchasing a house. 38% of respondents to the ING survey of over 1000...

LDK posts significant net loss; lowers FY revenues

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar’s woes are continuing well into 2012. In reporting its Q2 2012 financials, the company’s net loss has continued to decline and it only just achieved the lower end of its revenue guidance. The latest figures have...

Suntech reduces PV cell capacity; announces layoffs

Suntech Wuxi HQ China

In light of the current market conditions, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd has temporarily reduced its photovoltaic cell production capacity in Wuxi, China. Around 1,500 employees have been affected by the decision.

China: 300 MW of agricultural PV opportunities emerge

A rooftop PV system in China.

Agricultural photovoltaic applications in Central and Eastern China are opening up, producing demand for modules in regions where land for ground mounted arrays are in short supply. The trend has been identified in the NPD...

PV polysilicon prices continue to plummet


Oversupply is continuing to plague the photovoltaic polysilicon market, according to IHS iSuppi, which say Tier 1 suppliers need to reduce production to alleviate the market. A revival could be seen this year; however,...

Isofotón not interested in Sovello takeover

Sovello solar photovoltaic production image

Isofotón has said it is not interested in taking Sovello over. After reviewing the German company’s books, it has decided not to submit an offer.

Spain introduces 6% energy tax

Spanish flag

Photovoltaic producers will now have to pay a 6% tax on any income they earn from generating solar power, including from feed-in tariffs (FITS).

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