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North American leaders to set out target of 50% "clean" electricity by 2025

Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto will be presenting the target, which will include nuclear and carbon capture and storage, at a summit of the three leaders.

New nuclear sites for England and Wales

A nuclear power plant in Germany.

Government plans for new nuclear power plants have been revealed in the UK, with eight sites named in its energy policy statements. The government has also released its Microgeneration Strategy, which focuses on non-financial...

Bilateral PV research and development deal signed

Jürgen Mlynek speaks to Dan Arvihzu before signing their agreement.

U.S. and German photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) researchers are set to formally collaborate after a historic accord was signed today in Berlin, Germany. The signatories were from the National Renewable Energy...

Bosch to build 640 MW production facility in Malaysia

A wafer manufacturing process from Bosch.

A photovoltaic manufacturing site in Penang, Malaysia, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013, at a cost of €520 million. The facility will primarily serve the Asian solar market.

Solar plane arrives at Paris Air Show

A small crowd in front of the Solar Impulse aircraft.

A solar plane, Solar Impulse HB-SIA, has landed and is drawing major crowds at the Paris Air Show underway this week in the French capital. While certainly not the first solar aircraft, the Solar Impulse is the first airplane to...

Finance flows for US solar installations

A house installation in America.

Banks, corporations and insitutional investors are making funds available for U.S. solar power projects as the market expands. Some investments are facilitating certain solar companies to make the shift from photovoltaic...

pvXchange figures show significant price milestone

A photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in China.

Online photovoltaic product exchange platform shows manufacturers across all tiers dropping prices and the €1-per-watt-peak milestone being reached for modules from Asian manufacturers. Although it must be noted that this price...

Australian Government gives green light to 400 MW worth of solar projects

Sunrise in Australia

The Australian Federal Government has announced an injection of over AUD$750 million (€558 million) to help build two of the world’s largest solar power stations after months of uncertainty surrounding the projects.

IHS iSuppli: c-Si module costs to fall below USD$1 per watt by 2012

General solar photovoltaic module picture against sky

According to IHS iSuppli, crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic module costs are set to fall to USD$1 per watt by the first quarter of 2012.

South Africa: PV could be a "goldmine" if supported by government

View from South Africa's Drakensberg mountains

A recent report believes South Africa could be the next photovoltaics superstar, if the government implements a strategy supporting the technology. However, there are a number of barriers hindering growth, particularly in the...

Sunways’ CEO slams German Government's handling of energy policy while announcing losses

Picture of Sunways' CEO at their AGM 2011.

At its annual general meeting (AGM), Sunways’ CEO Michael Wilhelm blamed the German Federal Government for photovoltaic market volatility, labeling its handling of the changes to energy policy as "botched" and arguing that, "a...

"Exciting" and "volatile" year predicted for US PV

US solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

A new report reflecting the U.S. solar industry’s 2011 first quarter predicts that both "exciting" and "volatile" times lie ahead. The country has, to date, over 2.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity. This is...

German July FIT position confirmed

German flag

Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry has confirmed that the installed photovoltaic capacity between March and May of this year amounts to around 700 megawatts. Nevertheless, the economic wing still wants to cap the market.

Conergy withdraws 2011 forecasts

Conergy solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Frankfurt (Oder)

This year is not looking bright for the solar industry, according to Conergy. Following poor performance in the first two quarters of this year, the German manufacturer has retracted its sales forecasts.

Reuters: Germany will not cut FITS on July 1

German solar photovoltaic park by Conergy, with sand and lovely blue sky

Germany’s photovoltaic industry suffered a clear break down in the first half of the year. However, Reuters has reported that significantly less than one gigawatt (GW) of new capacity was installed between March and May, meaning...

Italy dumps nuclear; renewable energy stocks rise

Q-Cells Photovoltaic plant in Basilicata, Italy

Italy has voted against nuclear, prompting the country's renewable energy stocks to soar.

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