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Pakistan overhauls its solar industry for the better

Village PV installation, Pakistan.

Government approves net metering program and introduces funding scheme allowing homeowners to borrow against their mortgage for solar installations.


India: Andhra Pradesh sees 1.35 GW of solar bids submitted

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Over 180 bids for solar projects totaling 1.35 GW have been submitted under Andhra Pradesh’s solar policy, thus exceeding the Indian state’s 1.16 GW target. Meanwhile, Rajasthan has received India’s lowest valid solar bid, and...


SolarWorld debt negotiations continue

SolarWorld HQ Germany Freiburg

SolarWorld AG is currently under massive debt pressure. To ease the situation, the company is in discussions with banks and bondholders regarding solutions. None have, however, been thus far found.


PV in the Philippines beginning to pay off

Philippines solar photovoltaic system Malapascua

The photovoltaic market in the Philippines may be small, but it is increasingly gaining momentum, with cumulative capacity totaling over 5 MW. An important driver is the high cost of conventional electricity which, coupled with...


US: LADWP receives influx of solar FIT applications

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has received applications to build 107 MW of solar projects in the first week of its new renewable energy FIT program.


Europe allocates €5.1 billion for energy, including solar

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As the dust settles following all-night negotiations between Europe's heads of state over the next EU budget, the embattled solar industry has been digesting news of an increase of 20% for the energy budget to 2020.


TPO solar model worth $5.5 billion in 2016

A Solar City installation team.

The third-party ownership (TPO) model could become "the most significant innovation in the U.S. solar market," according to a report this week from GTM Research.


Isofotón continues to deny insolvency rumors

Isofoton HQ

According to reports, Isofotón has started pre-insolvency proceedings. However, the Spanish photovoltaic equipment manufacturer has again stated that is not insolvent. It has, however, informed the proper authorities in Spain on...


Study into why German PV is cheaper than US

A German solar installation.

An in-depth study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has tried to identify why residential photovoltaic systems are so much cheaper in Germany than in the U.S.


NYSEIA throws weight behind NY-Sun initiative

A picture of the NY Governor.

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) has announced that it will work to support the NY-Sun initiative in the state. The body wants to see a longer-term commitment to the initiative and is lobbying for four...


Desertec to focus on EU MENA connection

A Desertec image.

In its 2012 Annual Report, the Desertec Industry Initiative (Dii) has acknowledged the challenges it faces in attracting investment to North Africa and the Middle East. It therefore has set out a new focus, which aims to...


Polysilicon prices expected to bottom out "soon"

Polysilicon

In its latest Polysilicon Price Index, IHS Solar predicts that polysilicon prices will soon bottom out, as production is more aligned with demand.


Japan and EU cross appeal Ontario WTO ruling

The WTO (World Trade Organization) recently ruled that the local content requirement within Ontario's FIT program violates global trade rules. Ontario has already appealed the decision, but now Japan and the EU are counter...


Germany: Severe renewable energy cuts planned

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Environment and Economy Ministers aim to save over €1.8 billion over the next year. One proposal will see all photovoltaic installations bigger than 150 kW, which are connected to the German grid from August 1, sell...


Greece prepares for more retroactive PV cuts

Greece Conergy solar photovoltaic rooftop plant

Greece’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) is expected to introduce retroactive photovoltaic feed-in tariff cuts to parliament. The goal is to reduce the burgeoning RES Fund deficit, which is forecast to...


US: Obama equates investment in energy to 1960s-era space race

Obama state of the union address 2013

The clouds parted for the solar industry, America’s present and potential workforce, and environmental advocates on February 12, as U.S. President Barack Obama rededicated his Administration to making the nation a shining example...


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