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SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

India's solar mission failing to recognize country's potential, says top researcher

K. Sivadasan, researcher and renewable energy expert, has criticized India's National Solar Mission for failing to focus on the infrastructure required to adequately meet its lofty objectives.

Saudi solar plans taking shape

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The world's leading oil exporter has laid the groundwork for ambitious renewable energy plans in an effort to wean the country off fossil fuels. The country has set a target of 41 GW of solar power by 2032.

Solar, wind could save the US $7 billion in fossil-fuel costs

Adding wind and solar power to the grid is more cost-effective than switching fossil-fueled power plants on and off to make up for the intermittent nature of renewable energy, says the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

US: SunShot's $1/W target for 2020 unlikely to be met

According to analysts at Lux Research, the SunShot program's target of "$1/W installed by 2020" set by the U.S. Department of Energy will probably not be met. Installation prices today are still two to four times the target.

SEIA unveils roadmap to U.S.-China dispute settlement

US China flags

The U.S. solar industry trade organization has been working behind the scenes with U.S. and Chinese government officials to draw up a plan to resolve the ongoing trade dispute and benefit both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.

UAE solar association rebrands to reflect wider Middle East scope

The Emirates Solar Industry Association has been renamed as the Middle East Solar Industry Association (Mesia) in anticipation of expected growth in the region.

Missouri utility to sign PV power deal with Strata Solar

City Utilities is close to signing a contract to purchase electricity from a forthcoming 5 MW solar farm in eastern Greene County, Missouri, said to be the biggest in the state.

Germany's Vaillant Group set to make inroads in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Vaillant is eager to expand operations in Kazakhstan, where the company is expecting a 50% sales growth rate in the next four years. The group is confident its German-made products can compete with those of overseas rivals.

Utilities in several US states plan ways to make solar customers pay more

Homeowners with solar panels that feed into the grid are getting too good a deal, say some state utilities, with plans afoot to readdress the balance.

New solar cell structure sets record

A new world record efficiency for solar sunlight conversion has been set by a cell structure with four solar sub-cells. The solar cell has managed to hit a new record efficiency of 44.7% and is the brainchild of researchers from...

Hanwha Q CELLS supplies 4.5 MW project in France

Mazaugues, France

French renewable energy group VSB has tapped Hanwha Q CELLS modules for its solar farm in southeastern France, saying their reliability as well as Hanwha Q CELLS' carbon certificate were decisive factors.

Philippines to reach 5 MW solar capacity by year's end

The Philippines is on course to more than double its solar capacity to 5 MW before the end of 2013, according to the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA).

Singapore's largest rooftop PV system underway

Turnkey services provider Phoenix Solar will develop a 1.2 MWp rooftop installation for CMM Marketing Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sheng Siong, the third largest supermarket chain in Singapore.

Italian court orders additional siezures of Suntech solar farms

Suntech HQ

As part of an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into the operation of Suntech-owned Global Solar Fund, the court also ordered the confiscation of feed-in-tariffs received by GFE investees companies.

Energy Trend: PV manufacturers shifting focus to China

Shanghai, China

Leading PV manufacturers are increasingly heading to eastern markets, particularly China, according to Taiwan-based research group TrendForce.

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