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Germany: IBC completes three solar parks in three months

Walberle mountain range.

Developer builds three turnkey solar power plants for Main-Spessart-Solar GmbH with a combined output of 10 MWp. All three connected to the grid within just three months, to be operated as community projects.

India's National Solar Mission, Phase II


The draft guidelines for India's state JNNSM have been released. The guidelines include a 50% domestic content requirement despite the ongoing trade complaint with the U.S., Australia and Japan.

Bulgaria state-owned energy company calls for reintroduction of solar tax

Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) puts pressure on the government to impose a 30% tax levy on revenues generated by PV plants that sell power at preferential tariffs.

Trina Solar: Stagnant module prices until 2017

Module prices are stagnating, some are even rising again. This is not a temporary phenomenon as Pierre Verlinden, Chief Scientist at Trina Solar explained at the EU PVSEC. It could continue well into 2017.

Greece to pass a new fee for solar PV producers; legislate new metering

The Greek Parliament's commerce committee votes through a new renewable energy systems (RES) bill, which adds an extra fee to solar photovoltaic power producers. The new bill also brings into force net metering. 

Thailand to top emerging market table


Thailand's adder scheme will drive 2.9 GW of installations as emerging markets account for 19% of new solar by 2017, says IHS. Europe will figure too with Turkey, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Switzerland and...

Hanergy extends bond payment deadline

Hanergy Solar.

Hanergy Holdings wants to give its solar subsidiary an extra 12 months to pay off $109 million in convertible bonds due at the end of November. The bonds are held by two other companies in the Hanergy stable.

Brasil Solaire to build new solar panel factory to assist access to state loans

With Brazilian homeowners able to apply for state financing if their solar installation consists of 60% domestic components, Brasil Solaire has invested in a EUR 2.9 million solar panel factory to ease their access to the funds.

Egypt's Ministry of Electricity to receive bids for first ever solar PV plant

The 200 MW plant is being offered on a build-own-operate (BOO) scheme, with 23 Egyptian and international companies expected to lodge bids in the tender.

GCL Poly chief exec is investigated

GCL Goldpoly.

Chairman Zhu Gongshan and his son, and company director, Zhu Yufeng, are being investigated by the poly manufacturer for a potential breach of non-competition agreements. The enquiry relates to interests in two Chinese...

Schmid Group builds fully integrated PV production facility for Argentinian utility company EPSE

The deal with Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE) for the 70 MW facility – which will produce monocrystalline silicon ingots through to module production – is worth an estimated EUR 100 million.

INRG wins approval for 17 MW solar farm on former airfield site in U.K.

INRG Solar has won approval for a 17 MW solar PV park on the site of a disused World War II airbase in Turweston, Buckinghamshire, in southern England.

Pakistan: Punjab signs 100 MW MoU

The Pakistani state of Punjab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with British company Pan Africa under which a 100 MW solar power project will be developed in Bahawalpur in eastern Punjab.

New PV projects of 36 MW and 20 MW approved as U.K. on course to hit 3 GW milestone soon

U.K. approves two separate solar PV projects, totaling 36 MW and 20 MW, with construction set to begin imminently. The U.K.'s department of energy also revealed the country installed 707 MW in the first half of 2013. 

PVSEC: From Winter to Autumn

The hope for a slight increase in cell and module production brought a ray of hope to the gloomy atmosphere of this year's EU PVSEC.

Canadian Solar sells two utility-scale solar plants to BlackRock

The Canadian company has entered into an agreement to sell two of its utility-scale solar power plants, totaling 20 MW, to a fund managed by BlackRock.

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