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Tanzania announces One Million Solar Homes initiative

Tanzania-based Off Grid Electric

Commitments by the IFC, USAID, OPIC, Sunfunder, SNV and Off Grid Electric are expected to put Tanzania at the forefront of the U.S. Power Africa program.

US: SunPower’s 100 MW PPA deal approved

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The US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has received authorization from regulators to buy electricity from a 100 MW photovoltaic plant of SunPower Corp.

Post-subsidy PV boom in Western Australia

A PV array looking towards the Perth river and city.

New figures from local electricity retailer Synergy have shown that a second residential solar boom is taking place in the state of Western Australia (WA). With 2,500 customers each month installing photovoltaic arrays, the...

Solarbuzz: The unpredictability of Chinese solar demand is a headache

The flag of China.

Despite China's reputation as the promised land for the solar industry, the latest report from NPD Solarbuzz says wild fluctuations in demand in the country could mean suppliers which rely on markets outside the People's Republic...

S.A.G. Solarstrom completes UK project on time

S.A.G. Solarstrom managed to complete three ground-mounted projects in the U.K. on time by the end of March before the changes to the Renewables Obligation Certificate assessment were implemented. The projects have a total of 44...

Austria adds 230 MW of PV in 2012

A solar rooftop in Austria.

Austria added a total of 230 MW in 2012, taking the country's cumulative photovoltaic capacity to 415 MW, the Photovoltaic Austria Federal Association told pv magazine.

REC’s annual report makes grim reading

REC's Singapore production facility.

"No one is making money in the solar industry at the moment," admits Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) CEO and president Ole Enger in the foreword to the Norwegian solar company's annual report for 2012.

Bosch receives first offers to buy solar division


Following Bosch’s announcement that it is exiting the crystalline photovoltaic business, the Germany-based electronics giant has confirmed it has received offers from interested parties. It is unclear, however, how long Bosch...

EU: Installers against anti-dumping tariffs

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European installers are against the introduction of punitive and protective tariffs, a survey conducted by the EuPD Research showed today.

India: solar cheaper than grid power

Satelite image India

Solar power is cheaper than grid power for commercial consumers in Maharashtra, Delhi and Kerala, even with no subsidies, according to a quarterly report published by consulting company Bridge to India.

Solairedirect to manufacture 120 MW of ReneSola modules

ReneSola solar photovoltaic modules

Under a toll manufacturing agreement, Solairedirect SA will produce 120 MW of China-based ReneSola’s photovoltaic modules in South Africa over a period of three years.

Brazil receives requests for 300 MW of PV

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Twelve requests for regulatory authorization to develop and operate photovoltaic plants worth a total of 300 MW have been received since mid-March, according to Brazil’s national electricity regulator.

JinkoSolar secures $58 million loan guarantee from CDB

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JinkoSolar signed a 15 year loan agreement with China Development Bank (CDB) worth RMB 360 million (around US$58 million, €45.32 million) to finance the company’s domestic photovoltaic projects.

Activ Solar adds 127.5 MW of PV in the Ukraine

Ukraine solar park

Activ Solar has completed the construction of two photovoltaic plants in the Ukraine, thus adding 127.5 MW of installed capacity in the first quarter of this year.

New research suggests PV industry is a net electricity producer

Italy solar photovoltaic park

According to new research from Stanford University, 2012 represented a turning point for photovoltaics. Indeed, the industry is now both a likely net electricity producer, and poised to pay off its energy debt no later than 2020.

China drops solar cell import taxes, sends "positive signal" to Europe

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China dropped import duties and value-added tax (VAT) for a variety of equipment, including for solar cells and lithium-ion batteries on April 1, thus sending a "positive signal" to the China-Europe trade negotiations.

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