Markets & Policy

Centrotherm postpones AGM

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has said it will postpone its AGM while it works on its self-administration and restructuring plan.

US: 200,000 GW of solar could be installed; 4,000 TWh/a

According to a new study released by NREL, the technical potential of photovoltaics and concentrating solar power (CSP) in the U.S. amounts to just under 200,000 GW, which could generate around 399,700 TWh of energy annually.

India: Bharat Heavy Electricals commissions 5 MW solar plant

BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) has commissioned a five MW grid-connected solar power plant in Shivanasamudram, Karnataka. The company claims it is the largest plant of its kind in the state.

SolarWorld confirms EU dumping case

SolarWorld has confirmed to pv magazine that an anti-dumping complaint has been filed by a consortium of European manufacturers with the European Commission. More information is expected to be released by the Bonn-based company this afternoon.

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Germany: PV contribution increases 47 percent YoY

According to the latest statistics, photovoltaic contribution to Germany’s electricity needs has grown 47 percent in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, to date, 2012 has been a record year for renewable energy in the country.

Japan: Sky Solar to begin construction of PV power stations

Shanghai-based Sky Solar has announced it will develop several large-scale solar power plants via its subsidiary Sky Solar Japan, in order to take advantage of the new feed-in tariffs in the country.

New Jersey pushes 'Restart button' on SRECs

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation into law on July 23 that will foster the continuing, rampant growth of the state’s solar energy market, the second largest in the United States, after California. Under the law, plans to both stimulate solar demand and regulate its growth, have been laid out.

US opens 285,000 public acres to solar development

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the Departments of Interior and Energy, has identified 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) on public lands, covering 285,000 acres across six southwestern states, as priority areas for utility-scale solar development, the Obama Administration announced on July 24.

EU PV dumping complaint lodged

Following months of speculation, a coalition of solar companies, again led by SolarWorld, has reportedly filed an anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) complaint in the EU. The European Commission now has 45 days to decide if it will pursue the case.

PV inverter industry must focus on emerging markets

As with photovoltaic module manufacturers and project developers, inverter manufacturers must look to emerging markets in order to secure future growth, according to new research. Latest industry figures further indicate that while the market will continue to increase, European demand is on the wane. Meanwhile, inverter prices will experience another “double digit” drop this year.

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