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Singapore removes solar energy grid cap

Electricity pylon.

The country's Energy Market Authority has announced that the 600 MWp 'hard cap' on solar energy will be replaced by a dynamic pathway that will allow more solar to be fed to the grid.

Germany finally compromises on PV subsidies

Bundestag Plenum

Germany’s federal and state governments have agreed to a phasing out of funding and cuts in the country’s photovoltaic feed-in tariffs. It is expected that the Bundestag and Bundesrat will discuss and make a decision on the...

Australia: NSW post-subsidy FIT raised by 48 percent

The flag of Australia.

New South Wales’ (NSW) Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority (IPART) has recommended that the feed-in tariff (FIT) to be paid to businesses and households that feed photovoltaic-generated electricity back into the grid to...

New Jersey resurrects the SREC

Chris Christie New Jersey Governor

A bill passed on June 25 by the New Jersey State Legislature is designed to stimulate new demand for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) from load-serving entities (LSEs); spur additional distributed, grid-tied solar...

Italy: Conto Energia V to be approved soon

Italy solar photovoltaic park

Italy’s next renewable energy law, the Conto Energia V could soon be approved. It is believed that most of the regional state rejections should be taken into account, and that a gradual transition will be adopted.

PV oversupply issues will see 60 GW capacity come offline by 2015

GTM Research forecasts that a massive 60 GW of photovoltaic product capacity will come offline by 2015, as supply continues to outstrip demand. The company furthermore believes that module manufacturing costs will reach US$0.45/W...

Germany: More FIT details emerge

Germany 67.8 MW solar photovoltaic plant

More details have emerged over what the photovoltaic industry can expect to see in Germany’s new EEG (renewable energy law). The Environment Ministry has refused to comment on the speculation before the next meeting of the...

Trade case: Higher CVD rates applied to Chinese PV manufacturers

US China flags

Three months after making its preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has reportedly upped the rates Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers will have to pay for exporting their cells...

Singapore: Five solar research projects awarded grants

Marina Barrage, Singapore

The Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) in Singapore awarded research grants worth S$11 million (€6.8 million) to five research teams under the fifth grant call of the Clean Energy Research Programme.

HCPV technology to see rapid growth

A HCPV mirrored PV module.

While recent price reductions in crystalline-silicon (c-Si) photovoltaics has seen pressure mount on alternative technologies, a new Lux Research report forecasts rapid growth in high-concentrating photovoltaics (HCPV). As such,...

Global Solar announces German subsidiary insolvency

Global Solar Energy CIGS production facilities

U.S.-based Global Solar Energy, Inc’s German subsidiary, Global Solar Energy Deutschland GmbH (GSED) has applied for insolvency proceedings. "High" inventories, "collapsing" prices and "significant" European feed-in tariff...

Germany: Milder PV cuts to be announced soon

Peter Altmaier

According to reports, an agreement on Germany’s photovoltaic subsidies could be reached before the summer break. A decision was said to have been made at a meeting between new Environment Minister, Altmaier, and opposition and...

LDK still suffering in Q1; lowers FY revenue guidance

LDK branding

LDK Solar has seen some improvement on its fourth quarter 2011 (Q4) financial results, with Q1 achieving slight progress. However, with declining net sales and a stagnant gross margin, the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer still...

UK: Sunsolar Energy System to build 30 MW fab

The UK flag.

Photovoltaic installer Sunsolar Energy Systems has announced that it will build a 30 megawatt (MW) fab in the West-Midlands region of England. The company has been awarded a GPB5 million (US$7.8 million) grant from the government...

PV gross margins fall 75 percent

Solar photovoltaic modules

According to IMS Research, photovoltaic suppliers are suffering from "huge" pressure, following a 75 percent drop in gross profits in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. It predicts that they will continue to fall, as a result of the...

Australia: Queensland to slash FIT

The Australian flag.

The north-east Australian state of Queensland has slashed its feed in tariff (FIT) program, reducing tariffs from AUD0.44/kWh (US$0.43) down to AUD0.08/kWh (US$0.07). The conservative Newman Government, which came to power only...

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