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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.

World's first hybrid solar facility to use aluminum frames

Hydro’s Extrusion Americas unit has signed an agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to supply custom aluminum extrusions for the first hybrid solar/fossil fuel energy generating facility in the world. When it comes online later this year, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center will produce 75 megawatts (MW). It will be the world’s second-largest solar plant and the largest outside of California.

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.

Stion to transfer thin film CIGSS technology to TSMC

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC) and Stion Corp., a thin film photovoltaics module manufacturer, have reached a series of agreements covering technology licensing, supply and joint development.

Pilot project evaluating “smart” solar energy systems underway

A pilot project evaluating “smart” solar energy systems mounted on utility and streetlight poles has been announced by Tampa Electric Company.

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.

Speaker lineup for IEEE announced

The speaker lineup for the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, due to be held between June 20-25 in the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been announced.

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.

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