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Russian solar industry on verge of serious crisis

Enerparc installatino in Dagestan, Russia

The Russian industry of solar energy is on the verge of serious crisis, due to economic crisis and devaluation of national currency – ruble, caused by sanctions, imposed on Russia.

SunPower signs joint venture agreement in China

SunPower has signed a joint venture agreement with Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor (TZS), Inner Mongolia Power Group (IMP) and Hohhot Jinqiao City Development Company (HJCD) for the manufacturing and deployment of the company's...

Taiwan increases PV target to 130 MW; decreases tariffs

The Bureau of Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced that it will increase its PV installation goal from 100 to 130 MW in 2013. Tariffs will however fall.

EU call to end environmentally harmful state subsidies

EU flags.

The draft EU Environmental Action Program (EAP), which would guide the union's environmental policy up to 2020, calls for state subsidies to environmentally harmful activities to be phased out and also demands a taxation shift in...

Centrotherm continues self-administration

The represented creditors, as part of the reporting and verification meeting called by the Ulm court in Germany, have unanimously resolved that the company should continue in self-administration.

FITs can unlock Africa's untapped renewable energy potential

A new policy guide has been launched by the World Future Council, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth UK for African decision makers at the UN climate summit COP 18 in Doha.

Signet Solar U.S. bows to the inevitable

The U.S. flag.

The U.S. parent company of Germany’s Signet Solar – which went bankrupt in June 2010 – has followed suit more than two years later.

Germany: EU Commission assesses EEG

The EU Commission is assessing the renewable energy policy or EEG in Germany. EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia sees the EEG with a critical eye.

Japan: Shimozuru power plant goes online

The 1MW Shimozuru solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan has gone online. Solar Frontier supplied approximately 6,700 thin film modules to this utility-scale project.

ReneSolar announced Q3 results

ReneSolar has announced that the company has exceeded guidance figures with a record solar wafer and module shipments of 533 MW. This represents an increase of 5.8% from Q2.

SunEdison signs 85 MW of PPAs

Something to do with the firm SunEdison in the US.

Photovoltaic integrator SunEdison has announced the signing of 85 MW of PPAs, with utilities in California. The five PPAs in total have been signed with Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric and Riverside – one...

Malaysia: 20 MW solar quota postponed

A photo of Malaysia.

The release of a new 20 MW quota for small-scale photovoltaic installations in Malaysia has been postponed until Q1 2013. The FIT quota is for installations smaller than 500 kW and was scheduled to be released on December 17th.

Chile: environmental approval sought for almost 300 MW

A part of northern Chile.

Two solar energy developers in Chile submitted Declarations of Environmental Impact (DIA) for three new photovoltaic projects worth more than US$600 million to Chile’s environmental evaluation service (SEA) over the last ten days.

Updated: India officially initiates anti-dumping investigations

India’s Ministry of Commerce has officially launched anti-dumping investigations into imported solar cells from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the U.S. The investigations will decide if retroactive duties should be imposed.

Applied Materials announces new head

Applied Materials Inc. plans to combine two business units, Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) and Display, under one leader, Ali Salehpour effective as of November, 29.

SolarWorld says it did not receive federal subsidies

SolarWorld has made a statement that it has not received any federal subsidies for the development of its solar manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Oregon or for the redevelopment of its now-closed Camarillo plant in California.

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