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.
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.
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...
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The historic agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government will bring masses of utility-scale solar capacity to the West African nation.
Anti-dumping duties of 42% will apply to German, Italian and Spanish companies, including Schmid, Joint Solar Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials and Siliken Spain.
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.
Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect global sales of polysilicon to top $6 billion this year, fuelled by demand from China and Japan.
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."
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.
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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