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U.S. court upholds strict scope for duties on Chinese, Taiwanese imports

A pair of court rulings has shot down challenges by a range of solar manufacturers related to the details of 2014 import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan.

Neoen signs PPA for 100 MW in Australia

French power producer Neoen has agreed to provide electricity to EnergyAustralia from 100 MW of solar capacity it plans to build in New South Wales. The two companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.

Spain’s Balearic Islands fast-track 20 MW solar project

The Sa Caseta PV plant has received the status of public utility project from the archipelago’s Directorate for Energy and Climate Change.

Belgian region of Flanders plans fiscal incentive for community solar and wind projects

The Minister of Energy of the Flanders hopes that another 6.4 million solar modules can be installed in the region under his mandate until 2020.

Industry reaction: proposed EU solar pricing allows for better enforcement, says EU Prosun

Milan Nitzschke, president of solar manufacturing trade body EU Prosun, believes that the new proposals for MIP by the European Commission’s DG Trade offer a more accurate means of imposing necessary trade tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.

Sparx completes 13 MW near Tokyo

Sparx Green Energy and Technology — a unit of Tokyo-based asset manager Sparx — has switched on a 12.8 MW solar project in eastern Japan. It claims that the installation — which stretches roughly 10 kilometres between Shiroi and Inzai, Chiba prefecture — is the “longest” PV project in Japan.

Solar Philippines to build 1 GW by 2018

Solar Philippines plans to finish building 1 GW of solar by next year, with roughly half of that capacity to be constructed outside of the Philippines.

Zorlu Energy to build MW-sized PV plants in Palestine

The Turkish company has signed a MoU with the Palestinian utility JDECO for the construction of an unspecified number of solar plants in the Middle Eastern region.

Ireland’s mitigation plan outlines incremental and permanent decarbonization steps

200-page plan proffers detailed breakdown of Ireland’s pathway towards decarbonization and greater energy efficiency by 2050. Key tenet is transition from centralized, fossil-fuel based electricity system to a low carbon power system. Green campaigners criticize plan’s lack of ambition.

New EU solar pricing proposal ‘divorces prices from reality’, says SolarPower Europe

Intended update for MIP by the European Commission’s DG Trade will set a pricing schedule for panels and cells on the European market that does not reflect market realities, trade body argues.