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Leading British baker installs 1.28 MW of rooftop PV

Greggs storefront in England.

Greggs, the U.K.'s most recognizable high street baker, has installed solar panels at 10 of its bakeries in an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2015.

Chinese reforms could level market playing field

China's 18th National Congress 2012

Communist leaders in China are embracing economic reform, encouraging competition in key industries, calling for limits on state involvement in the market and greater environmental protection. All good signs, says IHS.

US Energy Department backs solar manufacturing industry with further $13 million

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The funds will be invested in five PV and CSP solar projects in order to strengthen the country's domestic solar manufacturing and speed-up commercialization of new technology.

Diversification an advantage for PV equipment manufacturers

Florian Wessendorf, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment

Due to higher demand, German PV equipment manufacturers have an optimistic outlook for 2014. Florian Wessendorf, managing director of the VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment trade association, discusses the state of the market.

1.26 MW PV plant to power Chile's mining operations

Coquimbo region, Chile.

Northern Chile's Coquimbo region, an area regarded as the world's largest for copper production, will be home to the plant, which has been developed by France's SolaireDirect.

Etrion, Total secure $200 million for 70 MW PV project in Chile

Atacama desert, Chile

SunPower is set to begin construction on the project in January. It is expected to be one of the world's largest merchant solar power plants.

Retrospective measures harming Europe's PV industry, says EPIA report

Map of Europe.

Constant pan-European meddling at government level has undermined many European PV markets, says the report, harming confidence and putting government credibility at risk.

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