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First Solar eyes Pakistan

The flag of Pakistan.

After breaking into Indian solar with its first project, the U.S. thin film giant has stated an ambition to enter Pakistan's fledgling market. Pakistan has no utility scale projects on the ground yet.


Abound Solar to close

Abouind Solar's thin film CTe photovoltaic modules up close

According to GTM Research, U.S.-based, Abound Solar is set to close its doors, thus bringing more embarrassment to the U.S. Government, which supplied the cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film module manufacturer with a $400 million...


US: Solar Millennium projects find investors

Solar Millennium CSP technology

Investors have been found for two of Solar Millennium’s biggest photovoltaic projects. NextEra Energy Group and BrightSource Energy Group have each taken over a project and say that they intend to continue on with work "soon".


Amendment: Higher subsidies will not yet be imposed on Chinese PV suppliers

China US flag

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has said that "several" subsidy programs in China have been found to be countervailable. These findings, however, have not impacted on the original preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) rates...


Germany: Bundestag approves new PV subsidy program

Bundestag

The Bundestag has accepted the new EEG (renewable energy law), just hours after Germany’s mediation committee reached a compromise on photovoltaic subsidies. Only the Left abstained, as all other parties voted in favor of it.


Optimism and criticism aimed at Germany’s new PV subsidies

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Environment Minister is optimistic an agreement on the country’s EEG will be reached soon. Subsidies for photovoltaic plants have, furthermore, not been completely ruled out. However, criticism has arisen from the CDU...


133 employees affected by Global Solar insolvency

Global Solar Berlin HQ

On Monday, the German subsidiary of Global Solar Energy, Inc. filed for insolvency. In an updated statement, the company has announced that its 133 Berlin workers’ salaries will be protected by an insolvency fund. Meanwhile, the...


Germany finally compromises on PV subsidies

Bundestag Plenum

Germany’s federal and state governments have agreed to a phasing out of funding and cuts in the country’s photovoltaic feed-in tariffs. It is expected that the Bundestag and Bundesrat will discuss and make a decision on the...


Australia: NSW post-subsidy FIT raised by 48 percent

The flag of Australia.

New South Wales’ (NSW) Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority (IPART) has recommended that the feed-in tariff (FIT) to be paid to businesses and households that feed photovoltaic-generated electricity back into the grid to...


New Jersey resurrects the SREC

Chris Christie New Jersey Governor

A bill passed on June 25 by the New Jersey State Legislature is designed to stimulate new demand for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) from load-serving entities (LSEs); spur additional distributed, grid-tied solar...


Italy: Conto Energia V to be approved soon

Italy solar photovoltaic park

Italy’s next renewable energy law, the Conto Energia V could soon be approved. It is believed that most of the regional state rejections should be taken into account, and that a gradual transition will be adopted.


PV oversupply issues will see 60 GW capacity come offline by 2015

GTM Research forecasts that a massive 60 GW of photovoltaic product capacity will come offline by 2015, as supply continues to outstrip demand. The company furthermore believes that module manufacturing costs will reach US$0.45/W...


Germany: More FIT details emerge

Germany 67.8 MW solar photovoltaic plant

More details have emerged over what the photovoltaic industry can expect to see in Germany’s new EEG (renewable energy law). The Environment Ministry has refused to comment on the speculation before the next meeting of the...


Trade case: Higher CVD rates applied to Chinese PV manufacturers

US China flags

Three months after making its preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has reportedly upped the rates Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers will have to pay for exporting their cells...


Singapore: Five solar research projects awarded grants

Marina Barrage, Singapore

The Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) in Singapore awarded research grants worth S$11 million (€6.8 million) to five research teams under the fifth grant call of the Clean Energy Research Programme.


HCPV technology to see rapid growth

A HCPV mirrored PV module.

While recent price reductions in crystalline-silicon (c-Si) photovoltaics has seen pressure mount on alternative technologies, a new Lux Research report forecasts rapid growth in high-concentrating photovoltaics (HCPV). As such,...


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