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Panasonic announces 22.5% module-level efficiency solar panel

Panasonic HIT cell.

Company claims new solar module prototype sets new world record for module-level efficiency based on mass-production technology. New HIT N330 high-powered module set to debut in U.K.

New Generation plans 500 MW São Paulo project

Sao Paolo city.

The Chicago-based company is planning to develop a mega project, in 30 MW sections, in the city of Taubaté. The huge project will cost an estimated $900 million.

VC funding in solar rises to $207 million in Q3, reports Mercom

The global consulting firm's report also reveals the solar industry enjoyed strong total corporate funding and increased M&A activity compared to Q2.

De Gucht calls for EU-China deal

Karel de Gucht.

EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht skirted around the ongoing Chinese anti subsidy case when he spoke to the European parliament in support of an EU-China investment deal. Anti subsidy findings are due to be made available any...

Enerplan resumes call for French government to protect rooftop solar industry

With France's government preparing to completely scrap its 11% tax break for rooftop solar, French solar association Enerplan has urged for it to be maintained at 10% for 2014.

Brighter future? Maybe not for UK solar

A Sainsubury's  solar installation.

The roadmap on the future of UK solar published yesterday questions solar's effectiveness at reducing carbon output and asks whether the cost reductions necessary for 20 GW by 2020 are feasible.

National Research Council of Canada announces renewable energy storage plan

Canada NRC launches Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization research program at the country’s Renewable Energy Storage Summit.

SunEdison agrees to cancel wafer supply deal

Solar wafers.

Taiwanese cell manufacturer Gintech has surrendered $21.9 million of its security deposit to escape the final three years of the ten-year contract. SunEdison will return Gintech's outstanding $35.1 million in quarterly...

New 6.5 MW PV plant enters service in Romania

Enel Green Power has connected the Colibasi plant, located in the south-eastern Romanian county of Giurgiu, to the grid.

Solar margins improving, but a long way to go

Bloomberg New Energy Finance's analysis of EBIT margins of solar manufacturers in Q2.

pv magazine's Michael Fuhs spoke to Jenny Chase, of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, to get the story behind the latest solar figures and find out why she thinks solar is a commodity, not a high-tech industry.

U.S. government shutdown hits solar

The U.S. flag.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy's contingency plans, all but those activities related to protecting life and property have stalled. Contract commitments will be honored – until the money runs out.

Californian utilities hit out against battery stored solar power

Three of the state's largest utilities claim that customers with battery storage systems installed alongside their rooftop PV can give no guarantee that the energy they feed back to the grid is clean.

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. 

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