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US adds 1.5 GW utility-scale PV capacity in first 8 months of 2014

New York skyline.

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows 68 MW of utility-scale solar power added in August as world leaders meet in New York for UN Climate Summit.


Italy: GSE publishes FITs-eligible list

Earlier than expected, the Italian network agency GSE has released the list of projects that will qualify for FITs according to Conto Energia V. The big surprise is that only €90 million out of the €140 million allocated has been...


Solar Frontier completes 80 MW delivery

Solar Frontier has delivered 80 MW of its CIS solar modules to the Catalina project in Kern County, California. The modules will be part of a 143.2 MWp installation.


Bosch responds to solar exit rumours

Bosch has sent mixed signals today about coverage that it may be about to withdraw from the solar industry. The company has distanced itself from the headlines, but equally has not denied them.


Ex-Im Bank provides loan for 1.4 MW Caribbean solar project

Ex-Im Bank has provided a US$6.4 million loan guarantee to finance the export of solar modules from SolarWorld Americas in the U.S. to St. Thomas, Barbados.


SunEdison sells 30 MW Nevada project

A PV power plant.

A deal that will see the 30 MW Spectrum Solar project, in Clark County, Nevada, sold to the Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy has been announced by SunEdison. Construction will begin on the project in October and is...


MiaSolé sold for US$30 million

MiaSole modules in Wales.

Consolidation of the photovoltaic industry is continuing at pace, with Californian-CIGS manufacturer MiaSolé the latest to be sold at bargain-basement prices. The San Francisco Chronicle published the news over the weekend that...


Mixed feelings as 27th EU PVSEC closes its doors

27th EU PVSEC Frankfurt

The EU PVSEC tradeshow closed its doors today in Frankfurt after four days of presentations, product launches and meetings. Feedback on the event has been mixed, with some reporting very slow trade and questioning the need for...


Sharp declines to comment on solar scale back

Sharp branding

Rumors have emerged that Sharp is looking to dramatically scale-back its solar business, with photovoltaic production closures expected in the U.K. and the U.S. The Japanese company is remaining tight lipped, however.


US: Congress members urge PV trade case loophole to be closed

US China flags

Eight U.S. Congress members have written to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), urging it to close a loophole, whereby Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers can export modules containing cells manufactured in countries outside of...


Schott Solar announces further job cuts

Schott Solar HQ Germany

Following its exit from the crystalline silicon photovoltaic module and wafer business, Schott Solar AG has announced further job cuts.


India: Andhra Pradesh announces solar policy

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced its solar policy. Tax benefits are on the table for projects, as well as exemptions from power transmission fees. The Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Policy will remain in place until 2017.


EU PVSEC: Side events steal the show

Like the grey clouds sitting heavily in the skies overhead, the dampened mood in the photovoltaic industry has continued to dominate talks during the third day of the EU PVSEC trade show in Frankfurt today. Despite this, varied...


Smart work by Kyocera in Los Alamos

Japan's Kyocera Corporation has opened the first international smart grid demonstration project on U.S. soil at Los Alamos in New Mexico.


Morocco: ACWA selected for Ouarzazate

The Moroccan Solar Energy Agency, MASEN, has decided upon the consortium led by the International Company for Water and Power (ACWA) for the 160 MW CSP plant near Ouarzazate.


Germany: Solon to develop second PV scheme in Lübesse

German company, Solon Energy has won the race to develop the second photovoltaic project in Lübesse, Germany.


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