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SEIA calls for renewed effort to pass solar tax credit at Solar Power International

The U.S. solar trade organization has called for a renewed effort to pass the ITC, the coming end of which looms over the industry at the end of 2016. However, it will be an uphill battle at best.


UK solar power generation increases 77% in 12 months

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker visits a solar facility, U.K.

While the U.K.'s main energy companies are accused of profiteering, solar has assumed a larger role in the country's energy landscape despite impending subsidy cuts.


Australia: PV to win in major political shift

The Australian solar industry has welcomed the announcement today by businessman turned politician Clive Palmer that he will support the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The votes of Mr Palmer’s political party to maintain the RET,...


Chronic under-utilization in Indian PV manufacturing, study finds

AEG Bangalore facility.

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released figures that show only 297 MW of the country's 1.38 GW solar cell production capacity is currently under operation. The situation is only slightly better for the solar...


Germany's renewable energy legislation reform slammed

The German Parliament.

The peak body representing Germany's renewable energy industry, the Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie (BEE), has slammed the "reboot" of the EEG – the legislation underpinning renewable energy development in the country. The BEE...


US: Homebuyers spooked by rooftop solar leases

SolarCity installing a rooftop application.

Some homeowners in the U.S. have reportedly had to lower the asking price of their property as buyers are reluctant to take on 'unfamiliar' solar leasing contracts.


Solar still leads US charge

US president Barack Obama.

The latest figures show solar - with 907 MW - was the biggest renewable energy contributor to new electricity generation capacity in the US in the first five months of this year. Five solar projects added 156 MW in May.


US: Mosaic launches #PutSolarOnIt day

Mosaic's initially funded installations on community buildings, such as the one pictured, in its local Oakland area.

Solar crowdfunder Mosaic is encouraging Americans to nominate community buildings on which they would like to see solar installed, on its #PutSolarOnIt national day of action today.


An Inflection in PV manufacturing investments

A solar production line.

Solar energy demand in major and emerging end markets has finally closed the gap with the industry's overcapacity. After two years of belt-tightening, here's what the future holds for PV manufacturers.


SolarCity's Silevo acquisition triggers solar stock surge

SolarCity installing a rooftop PV array.

Following the news that SolarCity had purchased solar panel maker Silevo, solar panel stocks around the world enjoyed a notable surge.


SolarCity enters solar panel market with Silevo purchase

SolarCity van at a rooftop installation.

Elon Musk's solar company has snapped up the panel maker as it seeks closer control of its supply channels and equipment costs.


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.


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