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PLN looks towards solar power for remote islands

Indonesia-based state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) is set to complete the construction of 100 solar power plants on remote islands to provide for their electricity requirements. The project costs around $63m with the solar plants located in West Papua, North Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, South and Southeast Sulawesi and South Kalimantan, reported Jakarta Globe. PLN eastern Indonesia operati ...

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Andhra Pradesh Announces Attractive First Solar Policy

India’s Andhra Pradesh state introduced its first solar-energy policy, offering tax benefits to projects and exemptions from power-transmission fees as the local government seeks investment to curb electricity shortages. Plants built by June 2014 will be able to claim the incentives for seven years, according to an order issued yesterday by the state energy department. “If executed appropriately, this polic ...

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Thailand “Sunny Bangchak” Lets in the Sunshine

Suntech Power Holdings, the world’s largest producer of solar panels, announced that South East Asia’s largest silicon photovoltaic power plant, a 44MW project called ‘Sunny Bangchak’, achieved grid connection on September 4. The project, located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, forty kilometers outside Bangkok, Thailand, is owned by Bangchak Public Petroleum (BCP), utilizes Suntech’s high performance solar panels ...

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JinkoSolar and JA Solar Set to Supply Chinese Power Producers

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it has won a bid from China Power International New Energy Holding Ltd. to supply 40 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules for two PV power plant projects in Baiyin and Wuwei cities in Gansu Province, China. JinkoSolar will deliver 163,200 high-efficiency solar panels to the two projects. The locations were speci ...

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China Sunergy Ships 72KW Order to Dubai for Carillion Construction

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. is a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, who today announced that the Company had shipped 72KW multi-crystalline solar modules earlier this month to Carillion Construction Ltd, a UK-headquartered multinational company dedicated to sustainable and green energy projects. China Sunergy’s solar modules would be installed in a trial project of Emrill, in Dubai, United Arab Emi ...

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Solar Cities: An Option for India

India is set to invest US$84 million to build the first of 60 solar cities where much of the electricity will be provided by solar installations. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that Agartala, the capital of the Tripura state in northeast India, has been selected as the pilot for this scheme. MNRE is expected to bear 90% of the cost of transforming Tripura into a solar city with the bal ...

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Chinese Energy Market Faces more Tariff Threats

China is once again facing threats from the global community of tariffs as punishment for undercutting foreign rivals. Having already had tariffs imposed by the USA on the export of wind turbine components, the EU is issuing similar warnings to Chinese solar companies. An ongoing investigation by the European Union claims that producers in Europe may be victims of unfair price undercutting for solar panels ...

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Fotowatio Will Build Australia’s Largest Solar Farm

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has won the right to build a 20MW project near Canberra in Australia. FRV,which is based in the Netherlands, are involved in the complete management of solar energy facilities, and have been backed by U.S. energy investor Denham Capital Management LP. FRV will participate in the Australian Capital Territory’s feed-in tariff program, which rewards generators of solar power ...

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Bankrupted Q-Cells Bought Out

German Q-Cells was once the world’s largest manufacturer of silicon solar technology. However, due to the financial market crash and the rise of well-financed Chinese solar cell makers, the company was forced to declare insolvency in April of this year. After some fierce competition from various companies, Q-Cells has now been sold to the South Korean company, Hanwha. The creditors of the German company agr ...

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India Bolsters Solar Ambitions

Last month, India suffered the biggest electrical blackout in the world. Despite causing widespread chaos, such an incident will not have come as a huge surprise to the local population. Blackouts, brownouts and chronic shortages of power happen with an alarming frequency, with a huge percentage of the country without power at all. India relies primarily on fossil fuel power plants for the production of ele ...

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