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Hillary Clinton's half a billion solar panel pledge

Hillary Clinton.

Democratic presidential candidate for 2016 promises installation of 500 million solar panels nationwide within four years of taking office if she wins.

Sanyo first to sign PV cycle participation contract

Sanyo recycling with PV CYCLE

Sanyo Component Europe has announced that it is the first manufacturer to sign a binding participation agreement with PV CYCLE, an organization aimed to establish a structure for recycling of PV modules.

Record for UK home solar panel installations

Solar panels on roof in UK

According to U.K. energy regulator, Ofgem, 2,257 British homes in August have been fitted with solar panels. This is a jump from 1,700 in July and 1,400 in June, reports BBC News.

Discussion: PV policy, lawsuits and a checklist for project development

Solar park - general image

Photovoltaics (PV) project developers must create their own formulas for tackling a fragmented market - and they have to do it while dealing with the fast-paced changes in technologies and polices. That was the sentiment...

Report: Three "key" US states to account for 48 percent of country’s PV market by 2012

Scottsdale, Arizona

Three key states will account for 48 percent of the U.S.’s total photovoltaics (PV) market, according to a new report issued by EuPD Research. Aimed at helping the industry understand the downstream PV market, it added that...

First Solar to takeover SMA?

First Solar Germany offices

First Solar may be looking to takeover SMA Solar Technology AG after saying it would be willing to purchase each SMA share for €110, according to several brokers. Following this, SMA’s shares significantly rose by around five...

27. August 2010 | | Comment now

Research: Ontario’s solar market set to prosper, but local sourcing mandate could limit growth

Ontarion solar park in the countryside

Aggressive government incentives are set to trigger “booming” growth in solar installations in Ontario, Canada, this year, but regulations requiring the use of locally sourced photovoltaics (PV) products will cause the expansion...

US: Nevada Solar Works to install 1.3 MW of PV in City of Reno

City of Reno welcome arch

Nevada Solar Works LLC. has won a contract to install 1.3 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) projects in the City of Reno, the U.S. The Reno City Council announced the contract, approving a one MW fixed tilt ground mount system...

France to cut PV FITs by 12 percent from September

General PV panels picture with a bush in the right hand, bottom corner

The French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment has announced it will be cutting all feed-in-tariffs (FITs) for new photovoltaics (PV) installations by 12 percent from September 1. Small residential PV systems, with a...

World first for transformerless inverters as SMA receives UL certification

SMA Solar Technology AG UL certified transformerless inverter (orange)

Germany-based SMA Solar Technology AG has received certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its transformerless inverters. This, says the company, is a world first for transformerless inverters and means that it can...

24. August 2010 | | Comment now

South Africa: Grid parity within sight, but Refit needs to be implemented soon

Solairedirect Southern Africa's pv module factory in Cape Town

After years of speculation and waiting, it seems South Africa is set to receive its first renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) for solar PV by the end of the year. Representing one of the “biggest shifts in South Africa (SA)...

World's first carbon footprint verification for a PV module announced

AU Optronics Corp. HQ

AU Optronics Corp. says it has completed the carbon footprint verification on a multi-crystalline PV module, according to the international carbon footprint standard PAS2050*. EcoDuo PM220P00 is the world's first PV module to...

New Mexico sees its biggest solar array unveiled

Schott solar facility in new mexico

Schott Solar PV, Inc., VE Group LLC and Affordable Solar Group LLC have today unveiled what they say is New Mexico’s largest solar array, located at The Bell Group’s headquarters’ parking structure in Albuquerque, the U.S.

US: Over $4 million grant awarded for 62 MW project

Wanxiang Solar solar panel

Over USD$4 million has been awarded to the Rockford Solar Project in Illinois, the U.S. Under the plans, the project is set to be around 62 megawatts (MW), thus making it the largest PV development in the Midwest, and one of the...

Conergy announces split from its MD

Andreas von Zitzewitz

The Supervisory Board of Germany-based Conergy AG has announced that managing director and management board member Dr. Andreas von Zitzewitz’s employment with the company has ended "with immediate effect."

Australia: Professor Green awarded this year’s CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

Professor Martin Green

Professor Martin Green, executive research director of Australia’s ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of NSW, has been presented with this year’s AUD$10,000 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.

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