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PV Expo Japan ends: Trends and conversations from the show

Japan has always loved to innovate and embrace the high tech, and solar is set to experience the country's love for quality and new ideas.

The key topics, themes and comment from the past three days of intense solar industry discussions in one of its most dynamic markets -- Japan.


UK: Early FIT reviews, rapid growth and brownfield development

UK Pv rooftop installation

pv magazine has learned the UK Government is likely to announce a feed-in tariff (FIT) review this April, with a view to implementing any changes in 2012. Up to 500 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) projects are also...


PV on "brink of economic breakthrough"

Solar cells up close

A new study has found that global investments in photovoltaic (PV) technology could double from €35 billion to €40 billion today, to over €70 billion in 2015.


German Federal Government lacks PV plan

General PV panel picture

Following a query from Germany’s green politician Hans-Josef Fell, it has become clear the Federal Government is not following an industrial policy strategy for the strengthening of the photovoltaics (PV) industry.


First Solar buys 15 MW solar project; sells 20 MWs

Amherstburg, Ontario

First Solar Inc. has completed the acquisition of Helios Energy's Amherstburg II Solar Project. First Solar will now sell it, along with a second project to Enbridge Inc., for around CAD$90 million.


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.


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