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Brazil's first PV auction set for October

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the first time ever, PV projects will be included in a specific category in a national auction in Brazil. Winning projects are to start operation on October 1, 2017.

EPIA: 2011 capacity figures confirmed

A solar installation in Italy.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) released its 2011 Annual Report today, in which it confirmed that 28 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic capacity was installed in 2011. In a trend that is turning around, 75...

PowerFilm to supply modules for emergency vehilces

A PowerFilm module over a tent.

U.S. manufacturer PowerFilm announced today that it has developed a SolarStream photovoltaic module, which will supply backup power for emergency vehicles. PowerFilm will manufacturer the module and lighting equipment firm...

Germany: Another PV boom expected

German magazine "Der Spiegel" has published that the German Environment Ministry expects a massive boom in photovoltaic installations once again due to the proposed changes to the solar subsidies. The December record might be...

TÜV Rheinland opens photovoltaic test laboratory in Korea

TÜV Rheinland strengthens its position as market leader in the field of testing and certifying photovoltaic components with the opening of its seventh facility in Gyeongsan, South Korea.

Tanzania: Largest solar project takes off

Camco International Limited and Rex Investment Ltd (RIL) have won a tender worth US$4.7 million for a solar PV project in Kigoma Region, northwest Tanzania. The project is due to commence in May this year.

UK: Government refused Supreme Court solar appeal

A Friends of the Earth photo.

In what has become an ongoing legal drama, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been refused a right of appeal against a previous High Court finding that its cuts to the feed in tariffs (FIT) for photovoltaics were...

China: Booming project pipelines and capacity ramp ups

The Asia Solar 2012 and Solarcon events may not have been booming in terms of visitor numbers, but the message was clear: China will be a pivotal player in the photovoltaic industry.

Mixed reactions at Asia Solar 2012

Photovoltaic module manufacturers and inverter companies were the dominant force at this year's Asia Solar.

PV fires up, gas plants cool down

A power plant in Germany.

In an apparent confirmation that photovoltaics have the potential to supply electricity demand peaks and therefore reduce the cost of peak power, a German utility has shut down a 55 megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant.

Jabil plans layoffs at Polish PV module plants

Two men working on a solar panel.

U.S. electronics manufacturer Jabil has announced plans to make redundant up to 600 workers from its two photovoltaic module plants in Kwidzyn, Poland.

Germany: Government will probably compromise

After a meeting with representatives from the federal and provincial governments, it has come to light that the changes proposed for photovoltaics in Germany will be made more moderate.

Chile’s largest PV power plant underway

Two lamas walking across a desert, in northern Chile, with mountains in the background.

While small by international standards, German renewable energy developer juwi and Chilean engineering firm Kaltemp have completed construction on what they claim is the largest photovoltaic power plant in Chile. The plant has a...

IHS acquires IMS Research

Information and analytics firm IHS has announced the purchase of IMS Research, an independent provider of market research and consultancy for approximately US$46 million.

Ontario government reviews FITs

The Ontario government is taking immediate steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of its renewable energy program. More jobs, lower prices and giving communities more say are in the agenda. FIT cuts are also planned.

Germany: Positive changes might come

Representatives of the different states in Germany are apparently pushing for changes to the solar subsidy decisions that have been announced thus far. The German Environment Ministry is said to probably present an amended EEG...

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