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Turkey awards first large-scale solar project licenses

The Ankara government has capped its incentive program at 600 MW of new PV plants. It has now awarded the first two licenses. The remaining projects are expected to follow this year.

German cabinet approves renewable energy law reform

Proposed changes to the country’s renewable energy law include a 50 percent surcharge on PV self-consumption and a reduction in industry exemptions.

EU lowers Chinese PV import volume

In responding to lower installation forecasts in Europe, Brussels has reduced the import volume for photovoltaic manufacturers from China from 7 to 5.8 GW this year.

Manz refines its CIGS fab

After a three-year R&D program, the German solar company has finalized its new fab, which promises to reduce CIGS manufacturing costs by 10%.

Germany: Hope for Bosch employees in Thuringia

The Bosch site in Arnstadt, Germany could be converted into an industrial park according to a media report. This means between 1,000 to 1,600 jobs might actually be saved at Bosch. At the moment neither Thuringia’s Minister nor Bosch are commenting on the state of affairs.

Centrosolar Glas must declare insolvency

Just in May the glass division of the German PV company Centrosolar Glas was taken over by Belgian competitor Ducatt. Now it seems that talks about future financing have fallen through. It is business as usual though meantime, despite the loom of insolvency.

Germany: EEG levy increases in 2014

The EEG levy will rise to 6.24 Euro cents per kWh in 2014. This is an increase of almost 20%. The transmission system operators, or TSOs, bank on a levy contribution of €23.6 billion next year with this.

Germany: PV development continues to decline

Germany added more than 10,000 PV installations with a total capacity of 291.64 MW in August. Starting October, FITs for PV systems between 1 and 10 MW will fall for the first time below EUR 0.10 per kilowatt hour.

Diehl Controls cuts 50 jobs

Photovoltaic manufacturer Diehl Controls plans to let go of 50 employees in its production facility in Wangen, Germany. The works council and trade union have already agreed upon a severance package for the employees.

Germany: 313 MW of newly installed PV in July

The Federal Network Agency in Germany has presented the latest figures for added photovoltaic capacity in the country. Up to now around 2,110 MW of total capacity has been registered. Solar parks exceeding 10 MW are no longer being developed.

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