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Solar installation, Malaysia.

Second tier solar markets took center stage this week, with India, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil each turning heads with their PV development plans and announcements, as leading markets wobbled.

Comment: Retreat to ‘‘mañana’’

Yingli PV panels in Portugal

Following the Spanish government's decision to scrap both its July 1 deadline to reduce renewable energy subsidies, and a planned hike for consumer power tariffs this month, Luis López talks to pv magazine about the country's...

Hyundai Heavy Industries aims to hit 1 GW by 2012

Hyundai Heavy Industries solar power factory in Eumseong

Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries has said it is looking to hit a production capacity of one gigawatt (GW) and sales of one trillion by 2012, in a bid to become a world leader in solar power production.

New world record for solar cell efficiency announced

Richard Swanson

A new world record, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), for large area silicon wafers has been set.

International pressure on Spanish government paying off

Yingli solar PV panels in Portugal

The international pressure being placed on Spain’s government seems to be working. Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has vetoed the legislative proposal of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Miguel...

India launches its largest grid connected PV power project

Image of the Indian 3 MW project

India has officially launched its largest – three megawatt (MW) - grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant.

Spain reduces solar energy promotion by 40 per cent

PV panels

Following a meeting with solar industry representatives, it has been revealed that Spain will be reducing feed-in tariffs by 40 percent for all photovoltaic installations, including existing ones.

Lebanon looks to expand CSP activities in light of electricity shortages

Byblos region, Lebanon

A call for U.S. companies to develop a feasibility study for a 50 megawatt (MW) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in Lebanon has been made by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Lebanon’s Zeenni's...

LG to invest USD$820 million in solar business

Kwan-shik Cho

LG Electronics (LG) has announced plans to significantly expand its solar business by investing USD$820 million (KRW one trillion) over the next five years toward its solar cell manufacturing facility in Gumi, southeast of Seoul.

Drive to increase solar cell efficiency underway; results impressive

Colexon solar panel

A team of University of Minnesota-led researchers has said it has cleared a “major hurdle” in the drive to build solar cells with potential efficiencies up to twice as high as current levels, which rarely exceed 30 percent. New...

Exclusive interview: Cuts in Spanish PV applications would signal "the end"

Javier Anta.

A 30 percent reduction for photovoltaics applications would signal "the end", according to Javier Anta, president of the Spanish photovoltaics association (ASIF). In an interview with pv magazine, he also said that current plant...

Availability of critical raw materials for PV under pressure

Antonio Tajani

The availability of “critical” raw materials for products like thin layer photovoltaics (PV) is coming increasingly under pressure, according to a new report published by the European Commission, due to the growth of developing...

Spanish associations still struggling with government over FITs

Yingli solar panels in Portugal

Until now, the Spanish photovoltaics associations have not been able to come to a compromise in terms of the planned reductions of feed-in tariffs. Negotiations were held between the parties yesterday.

Germany: Bundestag and Bundesrat remain divided over FITS issue

German Bundesrat

The mediation committee between the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat for solar promotion - set up to find a compromise regarding the issue of feed-in tariffs (FITs) - failed to reach a consensus after meeting for the first time...

Delaware to build new solar park; jobs to be created

Garrison Oak Technology Park

A ten-megawatt (MW) solar power plant is scheduled to be built in Dover, the U.S. The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs and construction should begin later this year.

Spain plans to reduce payment rates for existing facilities by 30 percent

Portugese solar park

During a controversial closed meeting held today, Spain’s Industry Minister, Miguel Sebastian informed industry associations that from July 1 remuneration rates for existing photovoltaics plants could be drastically reduced.

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