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EU report highlights solar metals fear

The flags of the EU and China.

The EU's Joint Research Center says three metals used in the solar industry are at risk of shortages. China's stranglehold of raw materials could mean problems ahead for Europe.

Optimism high at PV Taiwan

PV Taiwan 2013, Taipei World Trade Center

Less was more that this year's PV Taiwan confab in Taipei, where attendees noted a greater number of higher level executives and more serious engagement among participants as overall business improves.

Jiangsu Shunfeng to pay $540 million plus for Suntech

Wuxi Suntech headquarters.

Solar manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng has announced details of its planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech. If successful, the move would consolidate Cheng Kin Ming's position in Chinese solar.

Desertec to launch $40.5 million MENA fund

Morocco solar panels

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is developing an investment vehicle to support renewable energy projects in the MENA region, which Dii says will reach 3.3 GW of RE capacity by 2015.

US solar industry enjoys second-best quarter

The second quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 832 MW of solar capacity – a 15% increase on Q1 and only beaten by Q4 2012, when 1,311 MW were installed.

Honda to dissolve Honda Soltec operations in early 2014

The Japanese motor giants will discontinue their wholly-owned PV subsidiary in Spring next year due to falling revenues in that part of their business.

Enel lands four successful REIPPP solar bids

A satellite image of southern Africa.

Italian company Enel Green Power says its bids added up to 65% of the PV projects awarded to renewables bidders in South Africa's REIPPP. The company's Green Power subsidiary also saw two onshore wind bids approved.

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