Markets & Policy

Availability of critical raw materials for PV under pressure

The availability of “critical” raw materials for products like thin layer photovoltaics (PV) is coming increasingly under pressure, according to a new report published by the European Commission, due to the growth of developing economies and new emerging technologies.

BP oil spill a "wake-up call" for solar industry

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has said that the BP oil spill has been a “wake-up call” for the industry to develop clean energy sources, like solar.

Solar powered aircraft to undergo night flight trials

A solar powered aircraft, which flew its first successful flight in April, is due to undergo night flight trials.

Spain plans to reduce payment rates for existing facilities by 30 percent

During a controversial closed meeting held today, Spain’s Industry Minister, Miguel Sebastian informed industry associations that from July 1 remuneration rates for existing photovoltaics plants could be drastically reduced.

UK solar market could create 100,000 jobs by 2030

A new report has said there are “massive” opportunities for job creation within the UK solar sector over the next two decades. It was also found that solar photovoltaics (PV) has the potential to help the UK become carbon neutral by 2030.

Spain to cut PV premiums

A controversial proposal to cut renewable energy premiums in Spain has been reported by the country’s financial newspaper, Cinco Dias.

Siemens to build 6 PV plants following first French order

Siemens Energy has received its first large-scale photovoltaic (PV) order from France. As a result, it will undertake a 30 megawatt (MW) project, which will see six solar power plants built over the next year.

NY Solar Jobs Act could create 22,000 jobs

A landmark solar power bill pending in the New York State legislature has the potential to create thousands of green jobs and billions of dollars in economic output for the state, according to a recent report published by Vote Solar, a U.S. national grassroots solar advocacy group.

China Sunergy announces acquisition of 2 solar module manufacturers

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has announced an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of two related module manufacturers, CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd and CEEG (Nan Jing) New Energy Co., Ltd.

Asia: Air Liquide signs 10 new PV contracts

Ten new long-term contracts with photovoltaics (PV) industry leaders in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan have been signed by international producer and distributor of cryogenic liquids and gases, Air Liquide.

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