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Switzerland: 40% price drop for turnkey PV module systems

Prices for turnkey PV module systems have dropped around 41 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to a report released today by German consultants Photovoltaikzentrum.

Israel: Hydrogen-bromine flow battery goes online

EnStorage Inc. has developed the first ever grid-connected hydrogen-bromine (HBr) flow battery with its 50 kW battery connection at the company’s test site in southern Israel. The battery is said to provide up to 100 kWh of storage capacity.

Austria adds 230 MW of PV in 2012

Austria added a total of 230 MW in 2012, taking the country’s cumulative photovoltaic capacity to 415 MW, the Photovoltaic Austria Federal Association told pv magazine.

France: 120 MW of medium sized rooftop installations by 2015

France announced it will tender 120 MW of medium sized rooftop PV installations by 2015. The installations concern non-residential buildings with a roof surface ranging from 700 to 2000 sqm. Each project can have an installed capacity of between 100 and 250 kW.

S.A.G. Solarstrom completes UK project on time

S.A.G. Solarstrom managed to complete three ground-mounted projects in the U.K. on time by the end of March before the changes to the Renewables Obligation Certificate assessment were implemented. The projects have a total of 44 MWp.

US: Gehrlicher Solar EPC for 3.8 MW Massachusetts array

Construction began last month on a 3.8 MW solar array for the town of Bellingham, Massachusetts, in the U.S.

Pakistan and CK Solar Korea to develop 300 MW park

The government of the Balochistan province in Pakistan and CK Solar Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 300 MW PV solar park near Quetta, Balochistan’s largest city.

Activ Solar adds 127.5 MW of PV in the Ukraine

Activ Solar has completed the construction of two photovoltaic plants in the Ukraine, thus adding 127.5 MW of installed capacity in the first quarter of this year.

JinkoSolar secures $58 million loan guarantee from CDB

JinkoSolar signed a 15 year loan agreement with China Development Bank (CDB) worth RMB 360 million (around US$58 million, €45.32 million) to finance the company’s domestic photovoltaic projects.

Brazil receives requests for 300 MW of PV

Twelve requests for regulatory authorization to develop and operate photovoltaic plants worth a total of 300 MW have been received since mid-March, according to Brazil’s national electricity regulator.

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