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Australian Government gives green light to 400 MW worth of solar projects

The Australian Federal Government has announced an injection of over AUD$750 million (€558 million) to help build two of the world’s largest solar power stations after months of uncertainty surrounding the projects.

Germany: IBC Solar starts work on 27.5 MWp PV project

IBC Solar has broken ground on a 27.5 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic project in Bavaria, Germany. Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer was in attendance.

Conergy withdraws 2011 forecasts

This year is not looking bright for the solar industry, according to Conergy. Following poor performance in the first two quarters of this year, the German manufacturer has retracted its sales forecasts.

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.

"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.

Australian Greens hopeful of positive roundtable discussions

A government and industry roundtable on issues facing the Australian solar industry has been scheduled for July 8 in the capital city Canberra.

Italy dumps nuclear; renewable energy stocks rise

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

LDK and Sunways to join forces?

Following the announcement that LDK Solar is looking to strengthen its presence in the German photovoltaic market, it has been rumored that the Chinese company may partner up with Sunways AG.

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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