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China surpasses Germany as world's solar bright spot

Beijing skyline, China.

Global Renewable Energy Report 2014 finds that China now boasts the world's biggest solar market, accounting for investments of $23.56bn last year.

Germany: PV contribution increases 47 percent YoY

Germany solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest statistics, photovoltaic contribution to Germany’s electricity needs has grown 47 percent in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, to date, 2012 has been a record year for renewable energy in the country.

SolarWorld confirms EU dumping case

EU Parliament in Brussels

SolarWorld has confirmed to pv magazine that an anti-dumping complaint has been filed by a consortium of European manufacturers with the European Commission. More information is expected to be released by the Bonn-based company...

India: Bharat Heavy Electricals commissions 5 MW solar plant

BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) has commissioned a five MW grid-connected solar power plant in Shivanasamudram, Karnataka. The company claims it is the largest plant of its kind in the state.

PV inverter industry must focus on emerging markets

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters

As with photovoltaic module manufacturers and project developers, inverter manufacturers must look to emerging markets in order to secure future growth, according to new research. Latest industry figures further indicate that...

EU PV dumping complaint lodged

European Union flags

Following months of speculation, a coalition of solar companies, again led by SolarWorld, has reportedly filed an anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) complaint in the EU. The European Commission now has 45 days to...

US opens 285,000 public acres to solar development

Map of six states chosen for utility scale solar development

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the Departments of Interior and Energy, has identified 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) on public lands, covering 285,000 acres across six southwestern states, as priority areas...

New Jersey pushes 'Restart button' on SRECs

Constellation Energy 5.38 MW Photovoltaic system Flanders New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation into law on July 23 that will foster the continuing, rampant growth of the state’s solar energy market, the second largest in the United States, after California. Under the...

Japan: Sky Solar to begin construction of PV power stations


Shanghai-based Sky Solar has announced it will develop several large-scale solar power plants via its subsidiary Sky Solar Japan, in order to take advantage of the new feed-in tariffs in the country.

Texas: New agreement will see 400 MW installed, solar manufacturing facilities built

Julian Castro Mayor San Antonio Texas

Updated: Under a new agreement between OCI Solar Power and CPS Energy, 400 MW of solar power will be installed in San Antonio, Texas, and photovoltaic module component manufacturing facilities established. A spokesperson for CPS...

Australia: Fund looks to clear PPA hurdle

The Australian sky against a blue sky.

Major Australian financial services company, Investec has indicated that it will create a fund, which could accelerate utility-scale photovoltaics in the country.

Transition time for Sunways

Sunways photovoltaic solar components

Continuing falling photovoltaic prices, a shift in its core markets and cancelled supply contracts have all contributed to Sunways AG’s falling 2011 financials. However, it remains confident that new investor, LDK Solar, can...

NRG and GenOn announce merger

290 MW Agua Caliente photovoltaic solar plant

NRG Energy, Inc. and GenOn Energy, Inc. have unveiled their plans to merge. The two companies signed a definitive agreement, under which they intend to combine their activities in a stock‐for‐stock tax‐free transaction. The...

Brazil to launch first solar auctions

Brazil flag

Brazil's solar market will register a new milestone with the first unregulated commercial auction of solar power, planned for August 9 by Bioenergy, a Sao Paulo-based renewable energy developer and marketer.

SolarWorld has debt conditions relaxed

The SolarWorld HQ.

Bloomberg has reported that SolarWorld AG has had its lenders agree to relax terms on €375 million (US$475 million) of loans, in the face of "challenging market conditions."

Switzerland contemplating major shift to PV

A picture of a swiss flag, taken from a boat.

With a new energy framework only months away, photovoltaics is shaping up as the prime candidate to replace the nuclear reactors on which the country draws around 40 percent of its power.

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