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‘We are at the dawn of a solar renaissance in Europe’

Head of SolarPower Europe welcomes news of imminent Solarworld sale whilst predicting removal of EU trade barriers on Chinese-made panels will bring dormant market back to life.

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Vietnam extends provincial FiT scheme – with caveats

The government has extended the payment system in Ninh Thuan by 12 months. But with a 2 GW cap and 1.9 GW in place already, new entrants may have to move fast.

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Digging down into Hanergy’s latest impressive figures

The first-half results appear to indicate a renaissance for a thin-film manufacturer still suspended from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but a strategy of having affiliate companies invest in Chinese industrial parks to secure returns from the resulting orders for manufacturing equipment, may make would-be investors uneasy.

Solargiga confirms dramatic turnaround in figures

Chinese solar manufacturer reports a similar scale of first-half losses to the $15m profit it posted this time last year. Will the company’s decision to almost double module production capacity prove an inspired move or a mistimed disaster?

The weekend read: Solar’s farming synergy

With the U.K. government apparently preparing to deal another blow to solar by abolishing export payments for small-scale generators, the contribution of the country’s agricultural sector to the industry could be more important than ever.

Undaunted Xinyi presses on with production expansion

Chinese solar glass manufacturer will forge ahead with plans for three new Malaysian fabs – at some point – but EPC and development operations are fading into the shadows in the wake of Beijing’s new PV policy direction.

France must do more, says minister who resigned live on air

The departure of the popular Nicolas Hulot will be a blow to President Macron, but shares in the state nuclear agency rose immediately after the energy minister dramatically announced his resignation during a radio show.

Ramaphosa offers optimism for South African solar

Although lobbyists will be dismayed a 1 GW annual cap on PV will remain, the indications are it will disappear after 2030 – if not before – and renewables appear to have become a more attractive proposition than nuclear, as coal is phased out.

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More developers approved for Egyptian small scale PV program

National scheme reportedly aims to drive installation in segments including residential and commercial and industrial facilities.

Solar beats oil and gas price in EU

With the carbon price set by the bloc’s emissions trading scheme on the rise – alongside fossil fuel costs – there’s never been a stronger economic case for renewables. And analysts are predicting the trend is no blip.

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