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Recharge invests in Younicos’ groundbreaking island renewable storage project

The hybrid renewable energy storage projecton on the Azorean island of Graciosa

The green investor takes 50.1% of the 24 million EUR hybrid renewable energy storage project on the Portuguese island, which, once completed, will allow the island to be totally powered by renewable energy, except for prolonged...


Sanyo opens Hungarian solar module facility

Dorog, Hungary

Sanyo’s Hungarian subsidiary has officially opened its new 150 megawatt (MW) solar module production facility in Hungary. Around 300 jobs have been created.


French PV tariff levels announced

French flag

As was reported on Tuesday, the French Government has issued new feed-in tariff guidelines. The tariff levels have now been published, and the 500 megawatt (MW) annual cap confirmed.


How to survive Czech’s demise

Photon Energy PV project

How does a company survive when its home market collapses? Michal Gärtner, CEO of Photon Energy speaks to pv magazine about the company’s survival strategy following the introduction of Czech’s retroactive solar tax and its...


Italy to make PV tariff decision within 2 weeks

Conergy PV installation

According to new information released, Italy will reach a decision on the rate of its new PV feed-in tariffs (FIT) within two weeks.


Ontario PV market growing, but political issues exist

ClearSky Advisors' Ontario PV forecast scenarios for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Ontario PV market is expected to reach 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity by 2015. However, political concerns and market instability remain.


France announces dramatic PV tariff cuts

France PV rooftop installation at farm with cows

The French Government has issued new feed-in tariffs, which will come into effect on March 10. Under the changes, any PV systems over 100 kilowatts (kW) in size will receive just €0.12 per kWh.


European PV demand to stagnate; Italian backlash begins

Italian PV park

No further growth in European PV demand is expected in 2011 and 2012, due to both the recently implemented and proposed regulatory changes in its key PV end markets. Italy's Government is also attracting harsh criticism.


Czech solar tax to be reviewed by Supreme Court

PV ground-mounted installation in Czech, behind wire fence

On March 3, a group of 22 Czech Senators filed a complaint to the country's Supreme Court against the recently applied retroactive PV law, which saw the introduction of a 26 percent tax on solar energy production.


Total French PV capacity over 1 GW

Tenesol PV rooftop installation

France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainability, and Transport has reported the installation of 720 megawatts (MW) of PV in continental France and its overseas territories in 2010. This brings total installed capacity to over one...


Italy: No PV cap; FIT cuts delayed until April

Italian PV plant

The EuPD has announced that there will be no market cap placed on Italy’s PV industry. It added that a decision regarding the country’s feed-in tariffs (FIT) will be delayed until April.


Israeli PV take off slow, but potential exists

Siemens' first Israeli project under construction is a 4.9 MW ground-mounted PV plant at Kibbutz Ketura (pictured)

Speaking to pv magazine IHS iSuppli examines both Israel’s PV prospects and its administrative hurdles. Soltec Renewable Energies and Siemens additionally outline their plans for the country, which include the installation of 52...


Italy: PV cap debate heats up

ae photonics Pv installation in Italy

The debate over whether a cap should be placed on Italy’s PV market or not is hotting up. While one minister has been quoted as saying there will be no cap, another is reportedly supporting the move. A final decision is expected...


Tokyo’s PV Expo movers and shakers

Tokyo, Japan skyline

The market may not be brimming with excitement like in China, and PV installations may be more focused on the rooftop sector, but things are definitely exciting at the fourth PV Expo in Tokyo, Japan, which opened its doors today.


Strong PV presence at Ecobuild

We Need Solar sign at Ecobuild held by a polar bear

Ecobuild, the world's largest sustainable construction show opened its doors yesterday at the ExCel, in East London. Having got off to a successful start, many believe this year’s event is bigger and better. There is also a...


UK: 1.16 MW PV project underway in Somerset

380 kWp PV rooftop system from A-Sun and Solar SW in Somerset, UK

Solar SW and A-Sun are currently working on an over one megawatt (MW) PV project in England. When completed, it will reportedly be the country’s largest commercial installation to date.


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