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Spain plans to reduce payment rates for existing facilities by 30 percent

During a controversial closed meeting held today, Spain’s Industry Minister, Miguel Sebastian informed industry associations that from July 1 remuneration rates for existing photovoltaics plants could be drastically reduced.

World's first hybrid solar facility to use aluminum frames

Hydro’s Extrusion Americas unit has signed an agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to supply custom aluminum extrusions for the first hybrid solar/fossil fuel energy generating facility in the world. When it comes online later this year, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center will produce 75 megawatts (MW). It will be the world’s second-largest solar plant and the largest outside of California.

Pilot project evaluating “smart” solar energy systems underway

A pilot project evaluating “smart” solar energy systems mounted on utility and streetlight poles has been announced by Tampa Electric Company.

Spain to cut PV premiums

A controversial proposal to cut renewable energy premiums in Spain has been reported by the country’s financial newspaper, Cinco Dias.

China Sunergy announces acquisition of 2 solar module manufacturers

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has announced an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of two related module manufacturers, CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd and CEEG (Nan Jing) New Energy Co., Ltd.

Egypt's first solar plant to open by year's end

Egyptian electricity and energy minister Hassan Yunis has said Egypt will open its first solar energy plant by the end of this year, according to AFP.

Munro Solar completes one of Massachusetts' largest single solar arrays

One of the largest single solar arrays in Massachusetts, the U.S. has been completed. The new installation is expected to save over USD$1.2 million in energy costs.

Record visitor numbers for Intersolar Europe

This year’s Intersolar Europe trade show saw record visitor numbers, with an increase of around 23 percent on the previous year.

UAE: Plans underway to build world’s biggest solar power plant

A joint venture to build the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in the Middle East has been announced. If successful, it will be the first of its kind in the area.

UK PV market expected to grow five-fold

A five-fold increase in UK photovoltaic (PV) installations is expected this year, according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) into the prospects for the UK solar PV market, which also said that Britain is currently lagging a decade behind other leading European countries in terms of solar installations.

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