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Spot market for PV panels: Capital is tight

Module prices: The fall in PV module maker’s revenues continues, but equipment manufacturers report growth.

Time for a Green Bank?

Financing in the USA: In the United States, the idea of founding a Green Bank or a Clean Energy Development Authority to finance renewable energy development is again being floated among Republican and Democrat legislators alike. Connecticut is taking the lead.

Global solar market to reach $75.2 billion by 2016

New solar technology like concentrated solar power (CSP) and the opening of new markets are tipped to become a strong growth engine for solar moving forward, according to a new report looking at how the industry will develop before 2016.

Carbon dioxide to solar home systems

Carbon finance: Solar home systems have come within the reach of a great number of rural households without access to grid electricity. Can the carbon credit scheme based on the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol help finance PV in the developing world? An analysis by Simon Rolland of the Alliance for Rural Electrification.

Mage Solar expanding into Latin America and Caribbean

Complete system provider continues global expansion with sales team to serve business partners in South and Central America plus Caribbean Islands.

Shrinking solar revenues forecast, despite new markets and growing installed capacity

New research forecasts shrinking, and then flat solar revenues through to 2016, despite the fact installations are expected to grow 15.5 percent as new markets open up. Countries with attractive IRRs are also identified.

Photovoltaic planning in India benefits from new generation solar resource data and online tools

GeoModel Solar, a leading international consultancy company in solar resource and PV energy assessment, has announced geographic expansion of its flagship online system SolarGIS to India.

Green energy investments rise by 32 percent; boosted by European rooftop PV

A new report has found that investment in green energy rose by 32 percent in 2010. This increase was largely driven by the small-scale photovoltaic rooftop sector in Europe and wind farms in China.

Intersolar Award: Applause for the deserving??

The Oscars of the solar industry honored the most innovative today at the fourth Intersolar Awards ceremony. The nominees were all deserving having made breakthroughs, cut costs, increased efficiencies and impressed the jury.

Portugal: Solar industry fears IMF’s decision

The Portuguese photovoltaics industry could be at risk, following the final report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Union (EU) on Portugal’s bailout, which recommended a reduction in state support regarding the production of electricity from renewable energy sources.

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