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Greece considers new retroactive PV cuts

Greek solar park.

Greece's solar PV drama appears open-ended, at least as long as the deficit in the fund that remunerates renewable energy generators remains. Rumors about new retroactive tariff cuts in existing PV installations are spreading...

Intersolar Europe: Storage technology in the spotlight

Interview: Markus Elsässer, CEO of Intersolar Europe organizer Solar Promotion, discusses the expected trends and highlights at this year's event.

Cyprus conference examines renewable energy solutions for island nations

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the event explored RES applications for the energy-intensive tourism sectors of island nations struggling with the high costs of imported fossil fuel.

IEA publishes new reports on PV performance and reliability

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

The agency's first three published reports focus on PV performance and the impact of PV module failure of both crystalline silicon and thin-film technologies.

EPA announces coal power emissions rule

A smokestack.

President Barack Obama's long-awaited clean air rule would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by an average 30% of 2005 levels by 2030. Coal-power plants are likely to be the most heavily hit.

Sofos completes first major PV project in Jamaica

Grand Palladium Hotel, Jamaica.

Kingston-based Sofos Jamaica completed the 1.6 MW rooftop facility atop the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel last week, which has become the island’s largest PV facility.

India: Motech claimed it had only one subsidiary

The flag of India.

The Taiwanese manufacturer told Indian investigators it had only one subsidiary connected to its exports to India. Ministry of Commerce officials, however, uncovered other relevant units in Taiwan, China, the U.S. and Japan.

ReneSola targets household sales

Renesola is switching focus from making wafers for other manufacturers to use in large scale projects to selling its own branded modules direct to the small-scale end-consumer.

The Chinese OEM manufacturer is switching focus to small-scale own-brand sales direct to the consumer. The strategy saw the company burn through $134m in three months.

SunEdison announces IPO filing for TerraForm Power unit

SunEdison solar park.

The filing for an initial public offering is to raise up to $50 million to invest in newer and cheaper ways to finance new PV plants.

Majority of Americans favor energy system overhaul, study finds

Smoke stack.

Survey in advance of next week's EPA carbon regulations shows that 66% of Americans believe that power system modernization is a good idea.

Manufacturers will be quids-in from July

Policy changes in the UK will see the country overtake Germany as the world's fourth-largest solar market in 2014, according to IHS.

IHS says a record level of solar installations in the fourth quarter will start to benefit manufacturers from July onwards. The UK is predicted to overtake Germany and become the world's fourth largest solar market in 2014.

US residential installations outstrip commercial for first time ever, finds SEIA

Rooftop solar installation, Colorado, U.S.

Reports from the first quarter of the year show that 1.33 GW of PV capacity was installed in the US, with the residential sector outperforming commercial.

Europe on course to install just 10 GW of PV in 2014, finds NPD Solarbuzz

Solar plant in Italy.

Figure represents an annual decline of 7% compared to last year, and sees Europe's share of global PV demand fall to 22%.

SMA and Danfoss finalize converter alliance

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

The two solar technology specialists have completed the signing of a strategic partnership designed to further boost their competitiveness.

Europe sitting on 7 GW large-scale PV pipeline, says IHS

Glemham Solar park, England.

The U.K. is set to dominate the ground-mount PV sector in Europe this year, accounting for 69% of all large-scale projects planned for installation by 2015.

Hanwha SolarOne completes 60 MW module delivery to UK

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

The solar module company has supplied its HSL 60 PV modules to vogt solar ltd. for installation on four solar farms with a total combined capacity of 60 MW.

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