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Intersolar South America examines challenges, promise of Brazil's solar market

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Despite strong market drivers, including a growing need for electric capacity and water issues, there are still formidable market barriers in Brazil. Many of these stem from a lack of deep commitment by the nation's government.


New $1m SunShot program launched

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his Depratment of Energy's SunShot Initiative have launched the SunShot Catalyst Program.

The Catalyst Program aims to marry solar industry problems with existing tools and datasets. The headline $1m prize fund will be shared across four steps of the new program.


US photovoltaic market to approach 20 GW in 2014

Strata Solar, Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

An influx of new capital for centralized and distributed generation is boosting strong growth. PV systems are increasingly attracting investments from installers and utility companies as well as institutional investors, private...


SolarWorld weighs legal action following alleged Chinese spy attack

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck

Although condemning the alleged hacking as a "criminal act," SolarWorld's chief exec also describes it as "a big honor and a nod to our excellent technology."


EU fossil fuel reserves dwindling, according to report

Gasometer, La Plaine, Saint-Denis, France

Disputed U.K. university report claims to illustrate just how dependent on Russia EU member states are. Anglia Ruskin research says France has less than a year's domestic reserves of oil, coal and gas left.


Russia's Sakha region set to benefit from summer's high solar irradiation

Kolyma Highway, Sakha, Russia

Despite frigid winter temperatures of around 60 degrees below zero, Sakha boasts impressive solar irradiation during the warm seasons -- approximately 810 kW per square meter a year.


Turkey awards first large-scale solar project licenses

Halk Enerji 1.8 MW plant in Polatli

The Ankara government has capped its incentive program at 600 MW of new PV plants. It has now awarded the first two licenses. The remaining projects are expected to follow this year.


Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

Barack Obama, Nellis Airforce Base

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.


Ukraine shows need to rebalance EU energy mix

The threat to European gas imports resulting from the crisis in Ukraine demonstrates the urgent need to drive the take-up of renewables in the EU, says the EPIA.

The EPIA says PV can play an important role in reducing the EU's reliance on Russian gas imports. But a Bloomberg analyst says any short-term gaps in gas supply could be plugged by new supply routes.


SkyPower FAS Energy signs deal for 3 GW PV project in Nigeria

Nigeria's capital city, Lagos.

The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.


China imposes punitive duties on EU polysilicon

Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng

Anti-dumping duties of 42% will apply to German, Italian and Spanish companies, including Schmid, Joint Solar Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials and Siliken Spain.


German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.


Global polysilicon market on course for 15% increase

Polysilicon produced by Wacker Chemie

Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect global sales of polysilicon to top $6 billion this year, fuelled by demand from China and Japan.


UK PV sector on edge over possible policy changes

Martifer-Lightsource cluster project in the UK

The Solar Trade Association warns that a hasty push for cheap solar would come at the cost of achieving quality in the solar farm industry. The local industry is "on tenterhooks."


Egypt embraces solar, announces $1 billion investment

Nile, Egypt

The Egyptian government has announced plans to invest significantly in solar power development in order to increase the share of green energy in the country and to spur job creation.


UK to become Europe's biggest PV market in 2014

NPD Solarbuzz UK forecast

With more than 120 large-scale PV farms approved for construction, the U.K. is fast becoming a hugely attractive market for project developers and component suppliers, says NPD Solarbuzz.


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