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Renewables peak at 95% of German electricity demand

About 95% of the country’s energy demand could be covered by renewable energy sources

On Sunday, May 8, renewables reached a record 95 % of German electricity consumption at 11 AM.

Australian Government tapers off solar subsidies

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The Australian Federal Government will start the process of reigning in its generous subsidies for home solar electric panels in light of strong growth in the industry and rising electricity prices.

Italy approves draft solar regulation

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According to a report in Reuters, Italy’s Government has finally approved its draft solar regulation at a cabinet meeting held today.

Italy FIT farce could spill into next week

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Speaking to industry representatives at Italy’s Solar Expo in Verona, confidence seems to be battered. While analysts had reported that the fourth Conto Energia would be signed today, media reports state that it will only be...

First Solar sees flat first quarter

First Solar US Ohio Manufacturing photovoltaics solar module plant

First Solar executives didn’t have much good news to discuss on Tuesday when the company announced flat first-quarter sales and lowered earnings. Cuts in government subsidies in key European countries have squeezed solar panel...

Centrosolar establishes PV AR coating line in China

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Centrosolar Group AG has commissioned its first Asian anti-reflective (AR) coating line in Huzhou, China.

Italy: Signing of new Conto Energia delayed by bickering

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Italy’s fourth Conto Energia should be done and dusted. However, testing the photovoltaic industry’s already ragged nerves, it has emerged that bickering between Ministers has delayed the signing of the new decree. The final...

EPIA: Bright future for PV, but global rebalancing of growth expected

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A new report has forecast a bright future for photovoltaics, as long as government policy remains advantageous for the industry. Meanwhile, 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity could be reached by 2013, but Europe’s current...

Dates for new Italian FIT pushed back

Italy, Q-Cells photovoltaic solar  installation in Basilicata

According to reports, the Italian Government will not introduce its new photovoltaic feed-in tariffs until September 1. The definition of uncapped "small systems" has also reportedly been revised to one megawatt (MW).

Total looks to acquire majority stake in SunPower

Total is looking to acquire a 60 percent stake in SunPower. Image:

French oil and gas group Total has announced it will launch a friendly tender offer for a majority share in California-based solar company, SunPower. The two parties have also entered into a research and collaboration agreement.

Italy: Will the government go easy on cuts?

The Italian government may reconsider a reduction in planned cuts. Image: Conergy

The Italian regional governments will attempt to enforce less severe cuts than planned to the solar power incentives according to the head of the regional governments' congress Vasco Errani. Meanwhile, it remains uncertain if the...

Malaysia: Sophisticated FIT system adopted

Chief technical advisor Haris says that the legislation will be officially published in May and will likely go into effect in mid summer. Image: Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia

Joining several other Asian countries, Malaysia's parliament has approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy resources.

SEMI and CPIA release China PV Policy Roadmap

More government support is necessary for the photovoltaic industry in China to grow. Image: Suntech Power Holdings

The SEMI PV Group has announced the availability of "China's Solar Future - A Recommended China PV Policy Roadmap 2.0," a report containing specific recommendations for a Chinese photovoltaic policy roadmap.

Algeria: centrotherm and Kinetics Germany collaborate

centrotherm will provide the turnkey solutions necessary for the integrated plant in Algeria. Image: Flickr/Damouns (Damien Boilley)

centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany signed an agreement with the Algerian state utility Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) for the development of an almost fully integrated solar module factory in...

Australian PV industry demands answers

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Australia’s solar industry is keenly awaiting a number of governmental decisions as problems over pricing and available funds threaten a rethink on the country’s current system of rebates.

US: Work begins on 30 MW PV project

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Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has closed financing and begun construction on a 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics project in Texas, the U.S. Subsidiary FRV AE Solar, LLC has also signed a 35 megawatt sales agreement with Trina...

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