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UK conference set to tackle subject of PV investment

The Photovoltaics Quality Briefing 2010: Key considerations to safeguard your capital investment, scheduled to be held in London this October, has announced it will be investigating the subject of photovoltaics (PV) investment and how to safeguard businesses against common pitfalls and problem areas.

Exclusive: Spain must have better FIT laws to remain competitive

The Spanish government must put more reasonable photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariff (FIT) laws in place and allow all parties adequate access to the power grid if it is to remain competitive, an industry expert has told pv magazine.

China's Shandong Province lowers PV tariffs

China’s Shandong province has set an electricity purchase price of 1.7 yuan (25 cents) a kilowatt-hour for photovoltaic (PV) power plants for this year. It has also been said that next year and in 2012 Shandong will lower the tariffs for ground-mounted PV plants to 1.4 yuan and 1.2 yuan a kilowatt-hour, respectively.

Phoenix Solar to see substantial increase in consolidated revenue following proposed German FITs compromise

Following the proposed compromise to cut photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariff (FIT) incentives by three percent this month, put forward by the German parliamentary mediation committee between the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat for solar promotion yesterday, Phoenix Solar AG has said it expects to see “a substantial increase in consolidated revenue”.

Thin film undergoing “significant revitalization”

Manz Automation AG has said it is currently seeing “a significant revitalization in the thin film segment”. The news comes as the company announces its acquisition of €8 million worth of new thin film orders in Germany and the U.S.

German mediation committee proposes PV cuts compromise

German photovoltaic feed-in tariff cuts should be slightly reduced and implemented in two stages – including retroactively – according to a recommendation issued by the parliamentary mediation committee between the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat for solar promotion.

SMA Solar raises 2010 profit outlook

Solar inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has raised its profit expectations for this year, due to the fact it sees the global solar market growing at least 30 percent faster than it previously forecast.

PV innovation must be holistically managed for DTs to be effective

Publicly funded demonstration projects and trials (DTs), such as those for photovoltaics (PV), are “vitally important” for developing low-carbon technologies in the fight against global warming. However, according to new research from the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM Research), the process of innovation needs to be managed holistically for DTs to be effective.

Indian Government unveils new guidelines for off-grid solar PV

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has unveiled new guidelines for off-grid and decentralized solar applications, which are to be achieved as a part of the National Solar Mission. Rooftop and other small solar power plants are also included.

USD$1.85 billion boost for US solar industry

President Barack Obama has announced that USD$1.85 billion in conditional commitments will be made available in the form of loan guarantees to two U.S. solar companies. As a result, one of the world’s biggest solar plants is scheduled to be built in Arizona, while around 5,000 jobs are expected to be created.

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