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New solar PV capital expenditure set to rise in 2015

NPD Solarbuzz spending cycle chart

Equipment spending is expected to increase next year, with new gigawatt solar factories providing up to $10 billion of revenues to PV equipment suppliers in 2017, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

UPI secures PPA deal for 100 MW in Honduras

The Florida-based independent power provider is planning to build two 50 MW PV plants in Honduras after completing its first two power purchase agreements in the country.

Tokyo Electron exits thin-film PV panel business

Oerlikon solar business

The company, which is in the midst of merging with U.S. semiconductor giant Applied Materials, is terminating its PV equipment business in March.

Wacker, OCI benefiting from China's polysilicon duties

Wacker polysilicon chip inspection.

The German and Korean polysilicon manufacturers are enjoying strong business turnover in the wake of China's anti-dumping duties, says Bernreuter Research.

SEIA praises Obama's solar support in SOTU address

Obama at Nellis Airforce Base.

The solar industry was singled out for special presidential praise in the address, with U.S. President Barack Obama drawing positive words from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

South Africa world's most attractive emerging country for solar

Coastal Road, South Africa

South Africa has topped IHS' emerging PV market attractiveness rankings in the areas of in potential market size, project profitability and pipeline maturity, ahead of Thailand and Turkey.

Airports in Malaysia, India embrace solar

Kuala Lumpur International Aiprort

SunEdison has erected a 19 MW array at Kuala Lumpur International while Canadian Solar is supplying 2.1 MW of modules for Delhi International.

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