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Smart money against hitting EU target

A smart meter.

The EU is on track to fall short of its target of having smart meters in 80% of households by 2020. Member states have committed more than $60 billion to the smart meter roll out.

PV module price declines ease

Due to improved demand, photovoltaic module price declines are expected to ease slightly in the second half (2H) of 2012. Meanwhile, global installations are forecast to reach 30.2 GW this year. Overcapacity is still a dominant...

Australia: Infigen to build PV integrated energy storage demonstration project

New South Wales flag

Infigen has begun work on a one MW photovoltaic and energy storage plant in Australia’s New South Wales. A first for both the company and the country, the demonstration project aims to pave the way for future utility-scale...

Inverter industry entering "dynamic" times

Inverter manufacturing Conergy solar photovoltaic

The renewable energy inverter industry is facing a dichotomy, says Pike Research. On the one hand, it is undergoing an "intense period of technological innovation", but on the other, it is in "turmoil". Overall, the market, led...

Innovative technologies will drive PV metallization costs down

Imec copper plated solar photovoltaic cell

Lux Research has said that emerging technologies will bring the costs of photovoltaic metallization down and improve process yields. Overall, copper has been named as the "logical metallization winner".

Greek PV installations rise

Greece Drama solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest statistics, Greece has installed 627 MW of photovoltaics to date. Of this, 53 MW was added in May. Meanwhile, in 2012, photovoltaics has generated 292.9 GWh of energy in the country.

US: GOP hopes Solyndra Act will sway American voters

Solyndra factory building

Can the United States fund research and innovation, without factoring in some financial risk? In a political move calculated to prolong the Solyndra scandal, but characterized as concern over lack of due diligence in the...

Is Italy’s Conto Energia V pointless?

Italy solar photovoltaic rooftop system

On July 12, Italy reached its €6 billion photovoltaic feed-in tariff funding limit. On Friday 13, the energy agency’s official counter showed just under €6 billion worth of funding for plants. By Monday 16, it was sitting at...

China predicted to install 5 to 7 GW of PV in 2012

China 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant

According to IMS Research, between five and seven GW worth of photovoltaics will be installed in China in 2012. It forecasts that over four GW will be added in the second half of the year alone.

Interest increases in Brazilian solar market, but challenges remain

Brazil one MW solar photovoltaic Plant Taua

The Brazilian solar market has yet to get off the ground, and many of the existing photovoltaic installations are off-grid. However, according to ANEEL, there has been a recent "explosion" of interest in the country, with rooftop...

ReneSola ups 2012 shipment guidance

ReneSola factory image

ReneSola Ltd has increased its full year 2012 photovoltaic product shipment guidance on the back of strong 1H sales. In related news, it has signed a 100 MW module distribution agreement with Greece-based Big Solar S.A.

Ontario: SkyPower challenges FIT; seeks damages

Ontario 10.8MW solar photovoltaic plant Thunder Bay

SkyPower Group has applied to launch a judicial review against the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), in light of proposed photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FITs) changes. It is further seeking to claim...

Ukraine cuts solar FITs

Ukraine 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant

Ukraine has cut its photovoltaic feed-in tariffs by up to 27 percent. It has further adopted a new law, under which private households may sell solar electricity to the grid. Meanwhile, the country's renewable energy targets have...

PV margin and pricing pressure to continue into Q3

Solar park with Yingli Green Energy's photovoltaic modules

According to the Deutsche Bank's latest solar industry update, photovoltaic companies can expect to see continued margin and pricing pressure.

Intersolar NA: US market growth despite difficulties

Intersolar North America crowd shot

The Intersolar North America tradeshow and conference ended today with a mixed outlook for photovoltaics, and talk of an industry shakeout prominent in discussions.

Indonesia: Pertamina seeks to develop PV

Indonesian state oil and gas company, PT Pertamina will collaborate with P T LEN Industry to establish an integrated PV industry in the country.

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