Markets & Policy

U.S.: First national renewable energy jobs and security bill based on German FIT system introduced to congress

Following industry association calls, the first U.S. national renewable energy jobs and security bill, which proposes the country should adopt Germany’s feed-in tariff model, has been introduced to congress.

NYSEIA praises New York for speeding up PV application process

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) has praised the U.S. state of New York for turning around the processing of applications in its photovoltaics (PV) grant program, thus allowing the industry to continue on its growth track.

Germany predicted to see three GW in PV installations in the first half of the year

For the first half of this year, the German Federal Network Agency is expecting to see an increase in photovoltaics (PV) installations of more than three gigawatts (GW). During this time, around 135,000 data specifications have been submitted to the agency, of which more than 50,000 alone were made in June.

1,000 MW to be installed under Indian national solar mission

The Indian government has unveiled its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) guidelines.

Time for US to adopt FITs "long overdue"

It is time for the U.S. to implement feed-in tariffs (FITs), according to representatives of the state and regional solar industry associations, who met during last week’s Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco.

Shock for Spain’s solar industry, pv magazine told

Spain’s government wants to pass drastic retroactive and future cuts as well as ceilings for photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariffs, pv magazine has learnt. This is the result of a two-day round of talks between government and industry representatives.

Solar powered aircraft breaks number of world records as it prepares to land after two weeks in the air

QinetiQ will today bring Zephyr, its solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Air System (UAS) back to earth after two weeks in the air. Celebrating, the company says it has smashed a number of long-standing official and unofficial world records.

New report predicts BIPV market will reach USD$8.2 billion in 2015

The global building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market will reach USD$8.2 billion in revenues by 2015 driven by the cost advantage that BIPV can provide versus conventional photovoltaics (PV) solutions, according to NanoMarkets, a U.S. Virginia-based market research and analysis company.

Sharp slowdown in PV module shipments predicted for 2011

Photovoltaic (PV) module shipments are set to decline by nearly 10 percent quarter on quarter in the first quarter of next year, according to IMS Research’s latest report.

Australia: Victoria sets its sights on utility-scale solar projects as country sees first FITs for large projects introduced

The Australian state of Victoria has unveiled its plans to increase electricity supply from large scale-solar power to five per cent by 2020. Premier John Brumby announced that target was Australia’s most ambitious solar commitment and would be backed by the nation’s first feed-in tariff (FIT) for large-scale solar.

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