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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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South Korean Solar Companies Take Advantage of Chinese Reticence in U.S. Market

An escalating solar trade war may be leaving most Chinese companies reticent to invest in the lucrative American market, but two South Korean corporations are launching large-scale U.S. -based operations. In May this year, The US Department of Commerce (DOC) investigated Chinese companies for ‘dumping’ Chinese solar panels into the US market by selling them below cost price. The DOC subsequently enforced a ...

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JinkoSolar Expanding

China-based JinkoSolar Holding Co is expanding operations with a new office opening in Singapore, which is quickly emerging as a growing hub of solar energy research and development. The regional headquarters will supervise sales, logistics, financing, project development and customer service across the country. JinkoSolar Chairman David Li notes, “Singapore boasts an established logistics infrastructure, m ...

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DuPont to Collaborate on Solar Technologies in China

Solar cell manufacturer China Sunergy and China Electric Equipment Group (CEEG) have signed a Letter of Intent with DuPont China Holdings to collaborate on photovoltaic technologies and materials as well as power transformer, insulation, and aircraft composite materials over a three-year period. The goal of the strategic alliance is to improve product quality, enhance the collaboration and development of ne ...

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Indian State Establishes Solar Policy

The state of Tamil Nadu in southern India is establishing its own solar-energy policy after accusing the central government’s National Solar Mission (NSM) of leaving the region on its own. A growing number of Indian states have moved to dissociate their solar futures from the NSM, which has been beset by project delays and accusations of departmental lack of oversight. Electricity minister Natham Viswanatha ...

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Japan’s Solar Frontiere Partners with Belectric

Germany’s Belectric is partnering with Japan-based Solar Frontier to form a new joint venture company, PV CIStems, which will develop, build, and sell both ground and roof mounted photovoltaic power plants. By combining Belectric’s engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) and project development experience with Solar Frontier’s deep panel expertise, PV CIStems will offer customers turnkey solutions ...

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