9REN builds two PV systems worth three MW in Italy

In a fast turnaround, 9REN has delivered two three megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plants to Helios Srl, installed on the Italian island of Sicily. The system was connected to the national grid just three months after the contract to install was signed.

"Exciting" and "volatile" year predicted for US PV

A new report reflecting the U.S. solar industry’s 2011 first quarter predicts that both “exciting” and “volatile” times lie ahead. The country has, to date, over 2.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity. This is expected to double by the end of the year.

REC Solar expected to hit 4.1 MW of commercial solar installations

U.S. solar installer REC Solar has formed partnership with a number of significant consumer brands as photovoltaic expansion in the northeastern states continues.

US: DOE provides loan guarantees for 650 MW of solar projects

In the past two days, three large scale photovoltaic and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects have been given conditional loan guarantee approval by the Department of Energy (DOE) under its loan guarantee program, known as Section 1705. The program closes in September.

Kenya’s first net metered PV project completed

Construction on Kenya’s first net metered photovoltaic plant has been completed. Described as the third biggest system of its kind in East Africa, the project was the result of a German-Kenyan collaboration.

German July FIT position confirmed

Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry has confirmed that the installed photovoltaic capacity between March and May of this year amounts to around 700 megawatts. Nevertheless, the economic wing still wants to cap the market.

Solar Frontier makes progress on three Japanese projects

Japanese solar subsidiary of Dutch Oil giant Shell is supplying the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) on one of Japan’s first major solar plant installations, while putting their recycling systems in place and installing solar systems to keep petrol pumps running in times of disaster.

Italy dumps nuclear; renewable energy stocks rise

Italy has voted against nuclear, prompting the country’s renewable energy stocks to soar.

Chevron completes 1.1 MW project at Californian College District

The Antelope Valley Community College, in central California, has inaugurated a new solar installation as part of an extensive energy efficiency audit and upgrade, completed by Chevron Energy Solutions.

Reuters: Germany will not cut FITS on July 1

Germany’s photovoltaic industry suffered a clear break down in the first half of the year. However, Reuters has reported that significantly less than one gigawatt (GW) of new capacity was installed between March and May, meaning there should be no tariff cuts on July 1.

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