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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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Japan Eyes Desert Solar Energy

Desertec is partnering with the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) to promote the creation of a new smart electric grid to connect solar power from deserts in Mongolia and China, to cities across East Asia, including rapidly emerging markets such as Vietnam. Dr. Tomas Kåberger, JREF Executive Board Chair says, “Technologies to harness solar and wind energy have improved dramatically in the last few ...

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