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Solar alliance urges UK government to support small-scale FIT

David Cameron.

100-strong alliance of small businesses, retailers and local government representatives sign letter urging British Prime Minister to protect feed-in tariff ahead of review later this year.

SEIA unveils roadmap to U.S.-China dispute settlement

US China flags

The U.S. solar industry trade organization has been working behind the scenes with U.S. and Chinese government officials to draw up a plan to resolve the ongoing trade dispute and benefit both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.

UAE solar association rebrands to reflect wider Middle East scope

The Emirates Solar Industry Association has been renamed as the Middle East Solar Industry Association (Mesia) in anticipation of expected growth in the region.

Missouri utility to sign PV power deal with Strata Solar

City Utilities is close to signing a contract to purchase electricity from a forthcoming 5 MW solar farm in eastern Greene County, Missouri, said to be the biggest in the state.

Germany's Vaillant Group set to make inroads in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Vaillant is eager to expand operations in Kazakhstan, where the company is expecting a 50% sales growth rate in the next four years. The group is confident its German-made products can compete with those of overseas rivals.

Utilities in several US states plan ways to make solar customers pay more

Homeowners with solar panels that feed into the grid are getting too good a deal, say some state utilities, with plans afoot to readdress the balance.

New solar cell structure sets record

A new world record efficiency for solar sunlight conversion has been set by a cell structure with four solar sub-cells. The solar cell has managed to hit a new record efficiency of 44.7% and is the brainchild of researchers from...

Hanwha Q CELLS supplies 4.5 MW project in France

Mazaugues, France

French renewable energy group VSB has tapped Hanwha Q CELLS modules for its solar farm in southeastern France, saying their reliability as well as Hanwha Q CELLS' carbon certificate were decisive factors.

Philippines to reach 5 MW solar capacity by year's end

The Philippines is on course to more than double its solar capacity to 5 MW before the end of 2013, according to the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA).

Singapore's largest rooftop PV system underway

Turnkey services provider Phoenix Solar will develop a 1.2 MWp rooftop installation for CMM Marketing Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sheng Siong, the third largest supermarket chain in Singapore.

Italian court orders additional siezures of Suntech solar farms

Suntech HQ

As part of an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into the operation of Suntech-owned Global Solar Fund, the court also ordered the confiscation of feed-in-tariffs received by GFE investees companies.

Energy Trend: PV manufacturers shifting focus to China

Shanghai, China

Leading PV manufacturers are increasingly heading to eastern markets, particularly China, according to Taiwan-based research group TrendForce.

REC Silicon now approved

REC shareholders have approved the division of the company, allowing the sale of the solar division to REC Solar ASA. They also agreed to change the name of the remaining division to REC Silicon ASA.

Delhi offers a new dimension for PV

A report by Greenpeace India details the opportunities for PV in India's capital. While rejecting subsidies, the report calls for the use of government buildings to achieve a 2 GW target by 2018.

German solar industry hoping for new opportunities following election

Angela Merkel, World Economic Forum

Angela Merkel solidified her grip on power in Germany while losing her junior coalition party. Although an unlikely prospect, a CDU-Green team-up would likely prove the best option for Germany's solar industry.

Chile and India collaborate on renewable energy plans

Chile has called upon India's burgeoning renewable energy expertise to help the country implement and diversify its renewable energy sector.

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