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California utilities seek net metering 2.0 changes, repeal

Less than six weeks after regulators approved a successor program to net metering, California’s three big IOUs are already seeking to modify or overturn the decision.


Italy expected to introduce PV market cap

Italian flag

The Italian Government is expected to introduce an eight gigawatt (GW) cumulative cap on its PV market this week. If the new law is passed, it could mean an end to solar subsidies as early as this summer.


Banks get behind 150 MW Australian solar project

If successful, a 150 MW PV project will be installed in Moree, Australia (pictured)

A group of eight banks has pledged to provide financial backing to a BP-led consortium, which is bidding for Australian Government support and funding to build a 150 megawatt (MW) solar project in the town of Moree.


Ontario: SunEdison awarded 31 MW of PV contracts

Mississauga, Ontario, where SunEdison will build a 500 kW PV project

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has awarded SunEdison five PV projects worth 31 megawatts (MW) AC under its feed-in tariff (FIT) program.


Mounting systems: strategies and competitive landscapes

Unirac racking system

Mounting equipment may not be the most high-profile PV component, but it is a critical piece where innovative designs can make a big difference to costs. In an interview, Unirac executives discuss their strategies for the North...


SNEC Shanghai: Faster, larger, more professional

Stand at 5th SNEC PV in Shanghai, China

China is calling the shots in the PV industry – this became clear once again at the end of the 5th SNEC (2011) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China.


California: New report calls for FITs

Jerry Brown at a rally

In a new 61-page report, San Francisco Bay area activists are calling for the distributed generation of renewable energy in California, the U.S. through a system of feed-in tariffs (FITs).


Europe: PV leading renewable energy

Spanish PV installation

According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), PV represented the strongest capacity growth in Europe last year, out of all the renewable energy technologies.


SNEC PV: Cheap doesn’t always equal bad quality

Shanghai New International Expo Center

According to attendees, this year's SNEC PV is even bigger than its predecessor, and has a much larger Chinese presence. Quality, meanwhile, is the buzzword on everyone's lips.


Chinese polysilicon a key focus at SNEC PV

SNEC PV Shanghai, China

The 5th SNEC PV got off to a successful start in Shanghai, China yesterday. Following speculation earlier this year that the spot price for polysilicon is set to increase, attention at the trade show turned to the Chinese...


OPDE undertakes 26 MW Italian PV project

OPDE PV park in San Nica, Italy, 1 MW

OPDE Italia has started construction on six Italian PV plants, which, when completed, will produce a total of 26 megawatts (MW).


Germany: Parabel to develop 90 MW PV park

Parabel solar park

Parabel AG is currently in the planning and approval phases for a 90 megawatt (MW) PV park, set to be built in Brandenburg, Germany. When completed, it is expected to be one of Europe’s largest.


Suntech to supply solar systems for UN deployment

Suntech flags at its Wuxi, China HQ

Under a new agreement, Suntech Power Holdings will supply around USD$80 million worth of solar power systems to Peak International Trade (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. The United Nations will then deploy them.


HyperSolar aims to reduce solar panel cell numbers by 75 percent


HyperSolar before and after solar concentrator graphic

HyperSolar, Inc. has completed a prototype design of its thin solar concentrator. The company’s aim is to reduce the number of solar cells in a panel by 75 percent.


First Solar thin film plant expected to open ahead of schedule

Aerial view of completed First Solar roof at its new manufacturing plant

First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).


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SiC Processing: Capital injection for Asian expansion

SiC Processing HQ building in Germany

Germany-based SiC Processing GmbH, a leading slurry recycler from wafer production, aims to expand in Asia. This will be financed through the proceeds of a €100 million corporate bond, issued today. R&D and capacity expansion are...


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