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Solar-powered synthetic kerosene could be vital bridge to zero-emission flying

A study of the investment and innovation needed to achieve the European Green Deal’s aviation ambitions has highlighted the key role that synthetic fuel can play until hydrogen and electric flights become a reality.

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EU member states could use emergency energy measures to penalize solar

SolarPower Europe has called on EU nations to apply a blanket €0.18 ($0.18)/kWh cap on the revenue generated by low-margin power plants, even though Brussels has given member states the freedom to apply different rates to different types of power plants.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Tongwei, Jolywood raise solar cell prices 

Tongwei and Jolywood announced higher cell prices, while Maxwell revealed that it has signed a deal to sell 4.8 GW of heterojunction PV production equipment to Golden Glass. 

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Blackstone Capital move for mounting system company under scrutiny

The European Commission’s merger and acquisitions body is running the rule over a plan by New York-based Blackstone Capital to take joint ownership of expansionary Esdec Solar, alongside private equity group Rivean.

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Merger activity heats up in African commercial solar market

Lagos-based Daystar Power is targeting 400 MW of installed generation capacity by 2025, after being acquired by Shell mere days after the Starsight-SolarAfrica merger announcement.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Trina to build 15 GW solar module factory

Trina Solar plans to build a module factory in Huaian, Anhui province, while polysilicon manufacturer GCL Energy has announced plans to build a manufacturing base in Wuhai, Inner Mongolia.

AfDB announces cheap loans to back off-grid solar in Africa

The African Development Bank has announced that European and US donors will provide $20 million of concessional loans to support pay-as-you-go solar companies in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Hanwha Q Cells unit prepares investment in IT sales operation

South Korea’s Hanwha Q Cells is preparing to take joint control of LynqTech in Hanover, Germany.

China dominated global solar jobs market in 2021

The 2.7 million people employed in solar in China last year dwarfed the 250,000 working in the US solar industry, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Eging to set up 10 GW of TOPCon solar panel production

Eging PV has signed a deal to build a 10 GW TOPCon solar module factory in Anhui province, while Tongwei has revealed plans to build a 25 GW cell factory in Jiangsu. Jolywood, meanwhile, has completed the first 4 GW phase of its 8 GW TOPCon cell factory in Shanxi province.

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