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Conergy and Sungrow announce inverter partnership

Under a new partnership, Germany-based Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for its global commercial and utility-scale solar pipeline. The first joint project will see a 5 MW PV system installed in the U.K.

Spain reduces solar energy promotion by 40 per cent

PV panels

Following a meeting with solar industry representatives, it has been revealed that Spain will be reducing feed-in tariffs by 40 percent for all photovoltaic installations, including existing ones.

Lebanon looks to expand CSP activities in light of electricity shortages

Byblos region, Lebanon

A call for U.S. companies to develop a feasibility study for a 50 megawatt (MW) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in Lebanon has been made by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Lebanon’s Zeenni's...

LG to invest USD$820 million in solar business

Kwan-shik Cho

LG Electronics (LG) has announced plans to significantly expand its solar business by investing USD$820 million (KRW one trillion) over the next five years toward its solar cell manufacturing facility in Gumi, southeast of Seoul.

Drive to increase solar cell efficiency underway; results impressive

Colexon solar panel

A team of University of Minnesota-led researchers has said it has cleared a “major hurdle” in the drive to build solar cells with potential efficiencies up to twice as high as current levels, which rarely exceed 30 percent. New...

Exclusive interview: Cuts in Spanish PV applications would signal "the end"

Javier Anta.

A 30 percent reduction for photovoltaics applications would signal "the end", according to Javier Anta, president of the Spanish photovoltaics association (ASIF). In an interview with pv magazine, he also said that current plant...

Availability of critical raw materials for PV under pressure

Antonio Tajani

The availability of “critical” raw materials for products like thin layer photovoltaics (PV) is coming increasingly under pressure, according to a new report published by the European Commission, due to the growth of developing...

Spanish associations still struggling with government over FITs

Yingli solar panels in Portugal

Until now, the Spanish photovoltaics associations have not been able to come to a compromise in terms of the planned reductions of feed-in tariffs. Negotiations were held between the parties yesterday.

Germany: Bundestag and Bundesrat remain divided over FITS issue

German Bundesrat

The mediation committee between the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat for solar promotion - set up to find a compromise regarding the issue of feed-in tariffs (FITs) - failed to reach a consensus after meeting for the first time...

Delaware to build new solar park; jobs to be created

Garrison Oak Technology Park

A ten-megawatt (MW) solar power plant is scheduled to be built in Dover, the U.S. The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs and construction should begin later this year.

Spain plans to reduce payment rates for existing facilities by 30 percent

Portugese solar park

During a controversial closed meeting held today, Spain’s Industry Minister, Miguel Sebastian informed industry associations that from July 1 remuneration rates for existing photovoltaics plants could be drastically reduced.

BP oil spill a "wake-up call" for solar industry

Obama in the Oval Office.

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has said that the BP oil spill has been a "wake-up call" for the industry to develop clean energy sources, like solar.

Spain to cut PV premiums

Aleo Solar PV panels.

A controversial proposal to cut renewable energy premiums in Spain has been reported by the country’s financial newspaper, Cinco Dias.

REC partners with ECN to measure carbon footprint

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has told pv magazine it has joined forces with the Energy Research Center of Netherlands (ECN), in order to conduct a life cycle analysis of its operations and to evaluate its carbon...

Multi-functional solar parks set to be next big trend

Gehrlicher solar park

Multi-functional solar parks look set to be the next big industry trend, photovoltaics (PV) company Gehrlicher Solar AG has told pv magazine during a visit to its solar park in Salmdorf, Germany.

PV industry needs government support to stay competitive

PV panels

The photovoltaics (PV) industry cannot survive without the support of governments if it wants to stay competitive, a leading industry figure has warned.

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