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German study reveals solar opportunities in Iran

Iran's energy minister Hamid Chitchian (third from left) revealed the country's plans to increase its renewable energy capacity, with solar playing a key role.

Government commissioned report "Enabling PV Iran" sets out the guidelines for entry into the Iranian PV market for German companies.


Australia: NSW state election could see green power surge

Australians rallying to Save Solar Systems outside the Victoria parliament house steps in January this year

The upcoming election in the Australian state of New South Wales could see a substantial shift towards a more environmentally friendly power supply in the country’s most populous state, if the Green Party secures the votes that...


France: FIT opinion divided at PV Power Plant conference

Paris at night

A conference in Paris highlighted the fact that opinion over the French Government’s decision to cut the country’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) is divided.


Nuclear power comes under attack; solar stocks increase

nuclear power plant

Following the explosions at several of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the uncertainty surrounding their safe shutdown, global calls for renewable energy to replace nuclear have been made. Solar stocks have also...


Ecobuild 2011 shines a light on PV

Two men attaching a solar panel to a roof in the exhibition halls of Ecobuild as part of a demonstration


The world's so-called 'biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment', Ecobuild, closed its doors on another successful event. This year, PV was well represented, with a noticeable increase in...


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...


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