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Conergy signs deal with Thai fossil fuel firm for 25 MW Japan solar farm

The solar farm is to be located in the city of Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

The German clean energy developer will work with Thailand's state-backed Global Power Synergy Public Company to build the 25.88 MW solar PV plant in Japan's Iwate Prefecture.

IBC Solar breaks Japanese ground with 2.3 MW solar project

Sakura, Japan.

The German PV system specialist is working with local partners to fully develop the plant, scheduled for completion in mid-July.

US scientists study consumer interest in PV

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories say the project will help increase the United States' share of solar energy in the electricity market from its current share of less than .05% to at least 14% by 2030.

New solar-powered drone launched by Sunlight Photonics

The SUNLINK-5 UAV is the first commercially available solar-powered drone to hit the market.

The SUNLINK-5 is a small UAV (unmanned airborne vehicle) that has been designed for low to medium altitudes and day-long missions thanks to its solar-powered capability.

Shunfeng to raise $774 million through share offering

Suntech module factory, China.

The Chinese solar cell manufacturer hopes to raise funds in order to construct more solar power stations.

Masdar PV to shut down production in Germany

Masdar PV production fab

The Abu Dhabi owner of thin-film manufacturer Masdar PV has announced the closure of its production plant in Germany. The Thuringian Development Bank is reviewing a possible refund of subsidy funding.

Sunlabob, Relitec announce Myanmar agreement

Laos-based Sunlabob, which provided PV training on the Pacific Island of Kiribati, has announced an agreement to develop the solar market in Myanmar.

Laos based Sunlabob will work with Myanmar's Relitec to develop the country's solar market. Less than 30% of Myanmar's 60-million population are thought to have access to electricity.

Turkey secures $350 million renewable energy loan

IBC Solar plant in Konya, Turkey

While the Turkish government is on track to build its first nuclear power plant and a massive new coal-fired facility, the World Bank sees great "renewable potential" in the country.

Indian ministry rejected Ex-Im Bank dumping role

U.S. flag

India special report: The Indian Ministry of Commerce rejected a call for the state aid provided by the U.S. Export-Import Bank to American exporters to be used in the calculation of a fair price for U.S. solar goods.

Nine out of 10 Indian solar companies imported dumped goods

Only three of India's solar manufacturers failed to benefit from importing solar products dumped from the US, China, Taiwan and Malaysia, according to a ministry of commerce AD investigation.

India special report: Ministry of Commerce officials classed the original three anti dumping complainants as the only Indian solar companies not to have benefited from importing dumped goods from the U.S., China, Taiwan and...

Canadian Solar attempted to exclude its products from Indian anti-dumping probe

Canadian Solar rooftop installation, Windsor, NSW, Australia

India special report: The Chinese-Canadian company attempted to argue its panels should be excluded from the anti-dumping investigation because of differences between them and Indian-made products.

Egypt looking to boost renewable energy production

Cairo, Egypt

Finance Minister Hani Kadri Demian: "We are seriously working on adopting any project enabling Egypt to use renewable energy and achieve extreme savings in fuels."

Debate rages over thin film vs crystalline product definition

Opponents to the imposition of AD duties on U.S., Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar products in India say thin flim products should not have been included in the investigation.

India special report: One of the cornerstone arguments of opponents to the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese, Taiwanese, U.S. and Malaysian products in India was that thin film should be excluded from the investigation.

First Solar sells Macho Springs solar project

First Solar PV installation

The 50 MW plant, the largest PV installation yet in New Mexico, is the third project First Solar has sold to Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy.

Chinese producers offered Indian price agreement

India's new PM, Narendra Modi, could ignore his Ministry of Commerce's decision to apply AD duties to solar cells made in the U.S., China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Five Chinese producers offered an EU-style minimum price commitment to try to ward off AD duties in India. The Indian authorities said such an arrangement would be 'impractical to monitor.'

Buffett joins renewables-fossil fuels battle

Warren Buffett's PR Newswire agency has run a report calling on Congress to reinstate PTCs for wind power biofuels and energy efficiency technologies.

The veteran investor's news agency is running a report highlighting the employment cost of federal uncertainty over production tax credits. The report calls on state legislators to resist attacks on renewables policies.

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