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New development schemes boost solar across India

India's Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha commissions a 30 kW PV plant in New Delhi on December 23, 2014.

The Ministry of Defence, India Railways and the state government of Maharashtra have unveiled new policies and plans that will boost solar development throughout the country over the next five years.

Mexico reaches 14 MW of PV installations

Mexico flag

Mexico has reported a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of 14 MW – almost double that of 2011. Growth is projected to continue on the same trajectory this year.

Panasonic hits 24.7% cell efficiency

A diagram of Panasonic's cell.

The Panasonic Corporation has claimed what it says is a world record for a crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic cell of a "practical size" with an efficiency of 24.7%. Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and...

Wacker sees increasing polysilicon demand

Wacker Chemie polysilicon

Wacker Chemie AG has reinstated full time working hours at its German polysilicon factory following increased demand.

Russia considers solar power for planes

Sheremetyevo airport, Russia

Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has ordered several studies into fuel alternatives for its civilian aircraft industry, including solar energy. Around RUB628 million (US$ 21 million; €15.5 million) has...

UK: Pay-as-you-go PV secures finance

An Indigo system in Africa.

A Cambridge-based developer of a pay-as-you-go photovoltaic system for sub-Saharan Africa has secured a £1 million (US$1.6 million) "working capital loan" to roll out its systems to 30,000 off-grid households.

Phoenix Solar announces major restructuring

Phoenix Solar photovoltaic panels

Phoenix Solar AG has unveiled a major restructuring plan, which will see it focusing the majority of its efforts on the U.S. and South East Asia. Significant capacity reductions in Germany, Spain and Italy will be implemented....

World passes 100 GW installed PV capacity mark

A German solar photovoltaic installation.

Behind the headline news from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) that the world has passed the 100 GW mark in cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity, is the ongoing story of a shift away from Europe.

Norway: New chairman offers hope for REC

REC's Heroya facility in Norway.

A typically horrendous set of fourth-quarter and full year figures from Norwegian solar manufacturer Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) was enough to see off chairman Jens Ulltveit-Moe. HIs replacement, Mimi K Berdal told pv...

BNEF: PV will be cheaper than fossil fuels in Australia by 2020

Australia solar photovoltaic plant

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that large-scale photovoltaic systems will supply energy cheaper than coal and gas by 2020 in Australia. Already, it states, wind farms are supplying energy cheaper than its fossil...

Belgium reaches 2.6 GW of installed PV power

Brussels, Belgium

Belgian Renewable Energies Association, Apere, announced yesterday that Belgium surpassed 2.6 GW of installed photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2012. Overall, the renewable energy accounts for 2.8% of the country’s total...

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.

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