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India considering tax incentives for solar households

Hyderabad rooftops, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposes a tax incentive for homeowners keen on installing solar panels on their rooftops.


Indian solar strategy on right path, but doubts over NSM's 20 GW targets

India Gujarat Solar Park

India’s booming population and increasing demand for energy provides one of the most positive marketplace opportunities for renewable energy, and in particular solar, in the world, according to a new report. However, there are...


Japan: Power shortages and FITs clear way for PV

A trade show stall in Japan.

The last of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors was shutdown over the weekend, as the country heads into the electricity-hungry summer months. With proposed feed-in tariff (FIT) rates promising healthy returns to investors, the stage...


$300 million US solar lease facility created

Californian roofs are increasingly sporting third-party owned installations such as this one in San Jose

Clean Power Finance, Morgan Stanley subsidiary, MS Solar Solutions Corp., and Main Street Power Company have created a new U.S. solar lease facility, which will provide funding for up to US$300 million worth of projects.


Solar 'smackdowns' resume in reaction to China’s 5 year plan

SolarWorld HQ Hillsboro Oregon

Like an unrepentant child confined to a "time-out" corner, China is not only irate at accusations that it has over-subsidized its solar industry and underpriced its products, but it is plotting a market rally strong enough to...


Will lack of funding stall US solar market takeoff?

The chart highlights US government spending for every major energy source over the past 60 years. Solar has received a modest amount of federal support, compared to other energy sources

Ever since the 1603 Treasury and Section 1705 loan guarantee programs expired last year, succumbing to what many characterized as premature deaths, renewable energy advocates have been inconsolable. And they haven’t suffered...


Centrotherm sees Q1 orders soar; solar situation still tense

centrotherm HQ building

Germany’s centrotherm photovoltaics AG has recorded €255.4 million of new orders in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. Despite this success, the company recognizes the still tense solar situation, which was reflected in its Q1...


First Solar posts Q1 $450 million loss; announces new CEO

First Solar staff marching behind a banner.

U.S.-based vertically integrated thin film manufacturer First Solar has posted a non-GAAP loss for the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 of US$449 million or US$5.20 per share. The company also announced new management in the shape of...


SunPower confident on back of passable Q1 2012 results

SunPower Monalto Italy solar photovoltaic plant

While the U.S.-based photovoltaics company continued to suffer losses in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, its balance sheet showed some improvement on last year. There is still some way to go, though, before it is in the black....


Insolvency manager: Q.Cells could survive

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic module

Henning Schorisch demonstrated cautious optimism with regard to the future of the insolvent photovoltaic manufacturer. Thus no layoffs of the 1,300 employees are pending in the near future and the company has again ramped up...


Global solar council established

US California k W solar photovoltaic plant

CEO’s from the international photovoltaics community have today announced the establishment of a Global Solar Council. The goal is to sustainably and cost-competitively expand the worldwide deployment of solar energy, by...


Australia: Renewable energy support programs to increase power bills by 3 percent

While criticism is often aimed at renewables for playing a major role in increasing consumers’ electricity bills, new data from Australia predicts that only three percent of forecast price rises in the country will be due to...


Kenya: Solar financing plan launched

Kenyan flag

Acquisition of solar panels by institutions and individuals keen on installing photovoltaic systems in Kenya could now be made easier after a regional module manufacturer has offered to guarantee bank loans for the purchase of...


Strong Chinese presence at Renewables Indonesia

Indonesian Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto, tours the trade fair grounds with Messe München CEO Ronald Unterburger

Chinese photovoltaic players were out in force at the second Renewables Indonesia International Trade Fair on Energy Sustainability, Green Resources and Environmental Technology, which kicked off today in the densely packed...


US: Laid off SolarWorld employees granted federal aid

Camarillo, California

The U.S. Department of Labor has said the manufacturing employees laid off by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., following the shutdown of its Camarillo photovoltaic module production plant in California, are entitled to federal...


'Contents under pressure' as Ontario LCAB and Intertek partner on FIT.2 audits

Ontario 80 MW Sarnia thin film solar photovoltaic park

Haste makes waste – unless, of course, it makes your company among the first to be audited and certified as a preferred vendor under the domestic content provision of the Ontario Power Authority’s updated Feed-in tariff (FIT.2)...


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