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France: FIT opinion divided at PV Power Plant conference

A conference in Paris highlighted the fact that opinion over the French Government’s decision to cut the country’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) is divided.

Australia: NSW state election could see green power surge

The upcoming election in the Australian state of New South Wales could see a substantial shift towards a more environmentally friendly power supply in the country’s most populous state, if the Green Party secures the votes that it is expected to.

Ecobuild 2011 shines a light on PV

?The world’s so-called ‘biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment’, Ecobuild, closed its doors on another successful event. This year, PV was well represented, with a noticeable increase in industry attendees.

Nuclear power comes under attack; solar stocks increase

Following the explosions at several of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the uncertainty surrounding their safe shutdown, global calls for renewable energy to replace nuclear have been made. Solar stocks have also profited.

How to survive Czech’s demise

How does a company survive when its home market collapses? Michal Gärtner, CEO of Photon Energy speaks to pv magazine about the company’s survival strategy following the introduction of Czech’s retroactive solar tax and its ruthless tariff cuts.

French PV tariff levels announced

As was reported on Tuesday, the French Government has issued new feed-in tariff guidelines. The tariff levels have now been published, and the 500 megawatt (MW) annual cap confirmed.

Ontario PV market growing, but political issues exist

The Ontario PV market is expected to reach 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity by 2015. However, political concerns and market instability remain.

Italy to make PV tariff decision within 2 weeks

According to new information released, Italy will reach a decision on the rate of its new PV feed-in tariffs (FIT) within two weeks.

France announces dramatic PV tariff cuts

The French Government has issued new feed-in tariffs, which will come into effect on March 10. Under the changes, any PV systems over 100 kilowatts (kW) in size will receive just €0.12 per kWh.

European PV demand to stagnate; Italian backlash begins

No further growth in European PV demand is expected in 2011 and 2012, due to both the recently implemented and proposed regulatory changes in its key PV end markets. Italy’s Government is also attracting harsh criticism.

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