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Jordan launches plan to install solar on 6,000 mosques

King Abdullah I Mosque in Amman, Jordan

The Jordanian government introduced net-metering regulations in 2012 that allow PV owners to sell solar power at a rate of nearly $0.18 per kilowatt hour. The country's mosques are expected to see huge savings and even solar...


German solar company to invest US$2.54 million in Brazil

Rio Grande do Norte Brazil

German solar company Ebitsch Energietechnik plans to invest 5 million Brazilian reales (US$ 2.54 million) in a photovoltaic project in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.


Germany installs 775 MW of PV in Q1 2013

germany solar photovoltaic park

Germany reportedly added 290 MW of new photovoltaic capacity in March, according to the Federal Environment Minister. While the Federal Network Agency’s figures are still to be released, if the information proves true, the solar...


Turkey: More PV details emerge

Turkey solar photovoltaic plant

Turkey is poised to become one of the third largest PV markets in the Middle East over the next five years, with 1.7 GW of unlicensed commercial-scale projects set to be installed through 2018, according to further details...


US: DOC asks customs to review Chinese PV imports

US, China flags

Chinese solar manufacturers are misreporting and underreporting their imports to evade new tariffs, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM). It adds that the U.S. DOC has asked Customs and Border...


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Germany calls for coal exit

Coal power

According to a new survey, 80% of German citizens have said they want to put a stop to coal power generation. In their opinion, the phase out of coal-fired electricity should be completed no later than 2040.


Avancis closes 20 MW CIGS PV facility in Germany

CIGS solar photovoltaic modules

CIGS manufacturer Avancis will turn one of its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Torgau into a technology center. As such, 67 temporary employment contracts will not be renewed, and employees at the company’s Munich-based...


Thin film in the MENA region

MENA CSP plant.

The 5th Thin Film Industry forum is about to commence in Germany's capital next week. With the global photovoltaic market shifting to the sunbelt regions and MENA countries, are the prospects for thin film in these parts of the...


US installs 537 MW of large-scale solar projects in Q1

solon solar photovoltaic plant us

A total of 537 MW of new large-scale photovoltaic capacity was added in the first quarter of 2013, according to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Turkey: 2013 a critical year for solar energy development

Turkey Centrosolar solar photovoltaics

2013 is expected to be a pivotal year for the Turkish solar industry, as the country’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority gears up to distribute PV production licenses for projects larger than 1 MW. Meanwhile, cumulative capacity...


Portugal: Renewables supply 70% of power in Q1

Portugal flag

Seventy percent of Portugal’s power generation came from renewable energies, mainly hydroelectric power and wind energy, in Q1 2013, according to the country’s grid operator, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN). Despite this...


Insolvency proceedings open for Asola Solarpower

Asola Solarpower HQ Germany

Germany-based Asola Solarpower is experiencing financial difficulties. Nevertheless, the company’s insolvency administrator sees good opportunities for redevelopment via a realigned business plan.


Italy: PV generation decreased 14.6% in March

Italy solar photovoltaic plant 16 MW

While photovoltaic energy generation in Italy decreased 14.6% last month, wind and hydro-electric power both recorded a significant boost, reports Terna. Meanwhile, at €6.6 billion, solar funding is nearing its limit.


First Solar: Initial moves away from thin film?

A First Solar fab in Germany.

The announcement of strong earnings forecasts for the next three years, more projects acquisitions, a technology acquisition and a new efficiency record; April has already been a huge month for thin film giant First Solar. But...


Yingli top global PV module supplier in 2012

pv modules

Yingli was the top module supplier in 2012, as previous leader Suntech slipped to fifth place in the rankings, according to an analysis published by research company IHS. Meanwhile, photovoltaic companies are said to be...


US: Insufficient funding for energy research

MIT Professor Dr. Ernest Moniz made his pledge at the full committee hearing held this Tuesday, which will eventually decide if he is the man to take over as U.S. Secretary of Energy. The fact the U.S. is not spending enough on...


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