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NRG Solar increases project portfolio with new US Solar agreement

NRG Energy, Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiary, NRG Solar, has entered into a definitive agreement with US Solar Ventures Holdings to acquire a portfolio of solar development projects on nine sites in California and Arizona for an undisclosed sum of money.

Yingli expands commitment to Spain

Despite the turbulence in Spanish solar policy, Yingli solar is expanding its presence in Spain, partly as a base from which to reach other markets. By the end of the year, the Chinese module manufacturer plans to expand its service center in Madrid.

Exclusive interview: Cuts in Spanish PV applications would signal "the end"

A 30 percent reduction for photovoltaics applications would signal “the end”, according to Javier Anta, president of the Spanish photovoltaics association (ASIF). In an interview with pv magazine, he also said that current plant owners would be ruined. Furthermore, he stated that between 600 and 1,000 megawatts (MW) in Spain are currently “with a leaglly uncertain status”.

Etrion to acquire over 30 MW of solar power projects in Italy

The Etrion Corporation is to acquire more than 30 megawatts (MW) of solar power projects in Italy, worth around €45 million.

Germany: Bundestag and Bundesrat remain divided over FITS issue

The mediation committee between the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat for solar promotion – set up to find a compromise regarding the issue of feed-in tariffs (FITs) – failed to reach a consensus after meeting for the first time yesterday.

Spanish associations still struggling with government over FITs

Until now, the Spanish photovoltaics associations have not been able to come to a compromise in terms of the planned reductions of feed-in tariffs. Negotiations were held between the parties yesterday.

BP oil spill a "wake-up call" for solar industry

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has said that the BP oil spill has been a “wake-up call” for the industry to develop clean energy sources, like solar.

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.

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