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Pakistan parliament goes 100% solar-powered

The national assembly of Pakistan now has a 1 MW solar PV array installed on its roof.

Country's seat of government in Islamabad is now completely solar powered following completion of an 80 MW solar plant funded in a venture between the Chinese government.


US: Louisiana PUC orders limited FIT

Welcome to Louisiana road sign

The Louisiana Public Utility Commission (PUC) has ordered utilities in the U.S. state to implement an undifferentiated feed-in tariff (FIT) for a limited contract term of five years. This will make it nearly impossible to finance...


31. January 2011 | | Comment now

SRECs, competitive strategies and the New Jersey solar market

Solis Partners PV rooftop system in New Jersey

Jamie Hahn, managing director of Solis Partners talks to pv magazine about SRECs - their success in the New Jersey marketplace and the areas, such as their monetization, which still need development. He also presents his ideas on...


EU renewable energy goals fall short

Germany solar park

The EU’s renewable energy goals for 2010, which include power generated from photovoltaics, solar thermal and concentrating solar power, have fallen short of expectations.


Hanwha SolarOne and SunEdison sign supply agreement

Hanwha SolarOne's PV modules ready for shipping

Under a new agreement China-based Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. is to supply U.S. company SunEdison with 54 megawatts (MWs) of photovoltaic modules.


Germany’s SRU wants to cap PV market; reports say no plans in place

SRU member Olav Hohmeyer, professor at the University of Flensburg

Germany’s SRU scientists have recommended that the country’s photovoltaics (PV) subsidies be fundamentally changed. They also demand that new installations be capped at a maximum of 1,000 megawatts (MWs).


27. January 2011 | | Comment now

US President sets lofty clean energy goal

President Barack Obama

In his State of the Union address this week, U.S. President Barack Obama said he was counting on solar energy as a key resource for the nation’s energy supply.


A slight hope in Spain

SunEdison Spain PV installation

Spain’s Congress has passed the law which intents to cut the number of full load hours for existing photovoltaics (PV) installations reactively. Now the Senate may achieve some “palliative” corrections.


27. January 2011 | | Comment now

Angola turning to PV

Namibe desert, Angola

Following rapid growth in the country over the past few years, Angola is increasingly turning to renewable energy. Due to its cost effectiveness, photovoltaics (PV) is an attractive option.


Italy’s 2010 PV installations surpass expectations

ae photonics Castronovo PV installation in Italy

Italy has officially* reported today that 1,850 megawatts (MWs) of new photovoltaics (PV) systems were installed in 2010, substantially exceeding industry estimates.


Sulfurcell aims for 14 percent thin film efficiency

Close up of Sulfurcell's CIGSe thin film modules

Sulfurcell is hoping to achieve 14 percent efficiency for its thin film photovoltaics modules after securing €18.8 million in equity funding.


30 MW Cimarron solar facility begins commercial operations

New Mexico road sign

A 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) facility, constructed by First Solar, has begun commercial operations in New Mexico, the U.S.


Sun Materials to build 5 silicon plants following acquisition

Polysilicon crystalline

Hong Kong-based Mascotte Holdings Limited is to acquire a 50.1 percent stake of Taiwanese polycrystalline silicon manufacturer Sun Materials for USD$150 million (around HK$1.17 billion).


PV inverter market to reach US$8.5 billion in 2014

The PV inverter market is set to grow. Image: Power One

According to IMS Research, the global PV inverter market is expected grow at compound annual rates of nearly 25 percent. IMS also adds that seven million inverters are expected to be sold in 2014 compared to less than one million...


Ontario ranks high for PV

Ontario ranks at number two in North America. Image: BBDO North America

Ontario has moved ahead of New Jersey to take second place in North American solar photovoltaic (PV) rankings for 2010. The first place is still held by California, but the current rate of growth in Ontario could rival the sunny...


Greece grants license for CSP tower

Crete will be the site of the apparently largest CSP plant in Europe. Image: Wikipedia/Lapplaender

A 38 megawatts solar electricity license has been granted by the Greek regulatory agency to Nur-MOH SA for the construction of the reportedly largest concentrated solar power tower installation in Europe on the island of Crete.


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