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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.


Australia: the case of the missing solar millions

When arriving at Parliament House today, Australia's environment minister Greg Hunt dodged questions about his missing "solar roofs" policy.

Greg Hunt, Australia's environment minister, has avoided questions about whether he had continued to give assurances to the solar industry that the "one-million-solar roofs" initiative would go ahead despite knowing that the...


China gives tax boost to distributed PV power generation

Chinese CIGS installation.

Government taxation authorities announce that buyers of distributed PV power should invoice power generators in an effort to ease tax burdens.


Solar powers Brazil's World Cup

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The countdown for the largest, costliest and arguably most controversial World Cup tournament to date has started and football fans are looking forward to Thursday's opening ceremony and inaugural match between host nation Brazil...


Cyprus to expand PV via net metering

Nicosia

The Mediterranean country is launching a second net metering program after a strong response to a similiar initiative last year. Despite broad support for renewable energy, the nation's limited grid remains a problem for future...


Qatar Solar Energy opens 300 MW PV factory in Qatar

Solar production, Qatar

The vertically integrated module production plant, located in Doha's industrial zone, will become one of the largest PV factories in the MENA region.


Intersolar Europe: Suntech plotting European expansion

Suntech CEO, Eric Luo.

Amid persistent rumors of Suntech's latest acquisitions, company CEO Eric Luo announces plans to further embrace the European market.


Intersolar Europe: Exhibition marching to international beat

Intersolar Europe Hall A

Interest from international PV players has dominated discussions at the show, reflecting Europe's diminishing influence in the industry.


US to slap new tariffs on Chinese PV panels

US-China flags

The duties would be applied to both solar panels and cells and effectively close a loophole that allowed Chinese manufacturers to bypass import tariffs by using non-Chinese solar cells in their panels.


Intersolar: Energy storage key theme on day one of conference

Messe Munchen, Germany.

The conference proffers a taster of the themes and trends of the forthcoming Intersolar Europe Exhibition, which begins tomorrow.


Chinese-made panels have twice the carbon footprint of European ones, study finds

Crystalline silicon cell in production in Europe.

Research from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory finds that solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint during manufacturing stage.


EU found Chinese manufacturers are subject to state interference

JA Solar group business units were among the Chinese manufacturers who withdrew attempts to prove to Indian investigators they operated in a market economy environment.

The Indian ministry of commerce's findings cited evidence of Chinese state interference in EU and US investigations. Preferential tax status for 'strategic industries' amounts to state interference.


Solar power primed to meet US energy needs, says SEIA

CEO and president of SEIA, Rhone Resch.

New report from the Solar Energy Industries Association argues solar power is already in a position to be a real game changer in the U.S. energy mix.


US scientists study consumer interest in PV

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories say the project will help increase the United States' share of solar energy in the electricity market from its current share of less than .05% to at least 14% by 2030.


Turkey secures $350 million renewable energy loan

IBC Solar plant in Konya, Turkey

While the Turkish government is on track to build its first nuclear power plant and a massive new coal-fired facility, the World Bank sees great "renewable potential" in the country.


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.


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