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Germany: A brake on Altmaier's "electricity price protection"

The German government has made it official: The proposed “strompreisbremse” or electricity price protection as it is loosely translated, will not materialize since both the states and federal government have failed to come to an agreement. The brake on rising electricity prices is not expected until the next elections in September.

The solar aspect of EU-US trade talks

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht gave a speech in Boston at the weekend about the planned EU-U.S. trade talks, which could have an impact on the Transatlantic, and wider, solar industry.

SEMI proposes a way out of solar trade wars

Global electronics manufacturing industry group SEMI has offered to step between the nations waging the current proliferation of solar trade disputes in an effort to find a way forward.

Call to halt UK FIT degression

The Solar Trade Association has called upon the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to put a halt to the automatic degression in FIT rates due in two months’ time.

Cyprus issues licenses for 23 PV parks

The Cypriot Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has announced the results of its online tender with regards to the licensing of photovoltaic parks in the Republic of Cyprus.

EU electric vehicles plan could lift solar sector

The European Union could be poised to give its ailing solar sector a welcome shot in the arm in the form of its proposed clean fuel strategy.

Hanwha Q.Cells supplies Davos solar rooftop

Given the number of world leaders gathering to argue over topics such as the global economic malaise and whether Britain really wants to be in the EU or not, you might imagine enough hot air would be spouted annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos to power the Swiss city without the need for renewables.

Republicans criticize renewable subsidies to 'foreign' firms

President Obama’s plans to extend a US$16 billion renewables stimulus package for another year are set to be another bone of contention in his ongoing battle with the U.S.’ Republican-dominated Congress.

Arizona solar area part of state's 192,000-acre renewables-friendly zone

U.S. Secretary of State for the Interior, Senator Ken Salazar, has announced the designation of more than 192,000 acres of public land in Arizona as suitable for utility-scale solar and wind projects as part of the Restoration Design Energy Project.

Upgrading grids "our lifeline" – TÜV Rheinland chief

The CEO of solar testing company TÜV Rheinland has called on politicians in Germany and the European Union to make a huge effort to upgrade grids because, he told an audience at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, “our current network is our lifeline”.

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