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IEA calls on EU for greater cooperation in shift to cleaner energy

Coal-fired power plant.

Potential Energy Union requires greater emphasis on energy security throughout Europe, with renewable energy playing a greater role in that transition, says International Energy Agency.

EU complaints lodged against Greece’s retroactive renewable energy tax

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Greece-based Metaxas and Associates Law Firm has lodged two complaints with the European Commission against the retroactive taxes applied to renewable energy systems in Greece. Meanwhile, rumors abound that the Greek government...

Spanish associations to start legal action against PV FIT decreases

Spain solar photovoltaic park Solarpack

Four renewable energy associations in Spain have joined forces to oppose implementation of the Spanish government’s new decree, which "retroactively aggravates initial investment conditions" for developers of photovoltaic...

Germany: PV storage subsidies expected in May

The new subsidies for battery storage systems will apply retroactively to all photovoltaic systems installed this year and have a maximum capacity of 30 kW. The German Environment Ministry and KfW state bank have not made any...

SunPower announces positive results

A SunPower installation.

SunPower has announced bullish full year results for 2012 and an optimistic forecast for 2013, despite seeing net losses in the final three months of the year burgeon by almost US$100 million.

US$150 million in tax credits for clean energy manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Treasury have released US$150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects in the country.

Inverter market to reach US$71 million by 2020

Yole Développement has released its "Inverter market trends for 2013-2020 and major technology changes" report. The report states that more than 28 million units were shipped in 2012.

330 GW of global PV capacity predicted by 2020

General solar photovoltaic modules

The sky is the limit for photovoltaic market growth, which is expected to more than triple by 2020, according to a report just released by London-based research firm GlobalData. It says growth is being stimulated by two major...

PV power optimizer shipments to reach 4 GW by 2016

Power optimizer solar photovoltaic

Ash Sharma, director of solar research at IHS Solar forecasts double digit growth in photovoltaic power optimizers over the next two years, despite the fact they are not said to be economical in well-designed installations. In...

US requests WTO consultation over Indian solar DCR

India solar photovoltaic plant

The U.S. has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with the Indian Government regarding India’s solar photovoltaic domestic content requirements (DCR). Industry association SEIA has come out in...

380 jobs in question at Isofotón; suppliers step up the pressure

Isofoton HQ Malaga

Isofotón is currently drawing up a staff restructuring plan at its Malaga factory in Spain. 380 employees will be affected. Meanwhile, supplier Lamaignere has said Isofotón owes over seven of its suppliers more than €3 million.

Power-One and Panasonic unveil energy storage collaboration

Panasonic smart energy system

U.S.-based Power-One, Inc. and Japan’s Panasonic Corporation have announced that they will work together on the development of energy storage systems and the large-scale utility and commercial photovoltaic inverter business.

Germany: Altmaier lays out timetable for EEG changes

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Federal Environment Minister is holding fast to his proposal for "electricity price protection in the EEG", despite fierce criticism from within his ranks, opposition parties and environmental groups. Now he wants to...

Photon Publishing takes over insolvent Photon Europe

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With retroactive effect as of February 1, the newly established Photon Publishing company has taken over the business operations of Photon Europe. Creditor approval is still pending, however.

Greece: PV success amid great challenges

Greece solar photovoltaic installation

The Greek photovoltaic market was worth around €523 million in 2012 – over double that of 2011 – according to a recent report published by Greek consultancy Stochasis Management Ltd. The figure corresponds to an average annual...

Lithuania halts solar development

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The Lithuanian Government has announced it will not permit the construction of any new solar facilities, in a bid to halt the "rapid" development of the project industry. The amendments are expected to be passed on March 1.

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