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China May Double Solar Goal, U.S. Falls to Third in Clean Energy

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, March 30 2011 under: china, United States, Energy Policy, Cost and Financing, Germany

Faced with the on-going nuclear crisis in Japan -- the costs of which could make the March earthquake and subsequent tsnuami the most expensive natural disaster the world has ever seen -- nearby China may be moving to double its target for solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity over the next five years.

Citing unnamed sources, China Securities Journal today reported that the country's solar target might be raised to 10 gigawatts (GW) of PV by 2015, up from the current target of 5 GW. For comparison, global solar PV capacity was about 40 GW in 2010.

This news comes after a report released yesterday found that, in terms of clean energy investment, the United States has slipped to third place behind China and Germany.

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Audi to Add More Solar Panels Atop its German Facility

The worldwide leader in solar power -- Germany -- is set to add a little more energy capacity to its resume this week, as Audi yesterday announced plans to expand the solar photovoltaic (PV) system that currently sits atop the car maker's manufacturing facility at Ingolstadt, in the southern part of the country.

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Feed-In Tariff Discussion Continues, In California and At SPI

Solar energy advocates at Solar Power International (SPI) this week are likely to promote the creation of a feed-in tariff program as an effective way for California -- and other states -- to generate more solar energy.

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California Solar Company to Sell Panels to German Developer

MiaSolé, the Santa Clara, California-based solar panel manufacturer, has come to an agreement with Juwi Solar to sell the German renewable-energy development company 7.5 megawatts (MW) worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. One megawatt worth of panels -- enough to power about 200 California homes for an entire year -- was already delivered to Juwi Solar earlier this year.

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Nine Countries to Surpass 250 MW of Solar PV Demand in 2010, Report Says

Despite Europe's recent economic turmoil, the continent is the main reason why nine countries are on pace to grow photovoltaic (PV) market sizes over 250 megawatts (MWs) in 2010. In 2009, that figure was six.

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Sales for Suntech, First Solar High Despite German Subsidy Cuts

Posted by Connie Zheng In Monday, June 7 2010 under: international solar, china, Suntech, First Solar, Germany

Well ahead of the German solar subsidy cuts slated for July 1, German demand for solar modules from powerhouses Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd. and First Solar has been high—high enough to have prompted the former to add 1 gigawatt in production capacity in Shanghai over the following three years, and high enough to have induced the latter to announce its inability to meet demand this year.

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Lower Prices for U.S. Solar in 2010?

Posted by Connie Zheng In Friday, February 5 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Suntech, Germany

The trouble with reading any analyses, reports or simple statements from industry experts is how difficult it can be to sift through the mass of material. Differentiating sound judgment from pure noise, or attempts at manipulation from a desire to present balanced viewpoints—these are the challenges that face anyone with an interest in a burgeoning field, especially one as (relatively) new as solar.

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British FiT Waxes as Germany's Wanes

Posted by Margaret Collins In Monday, February 1 2010 under: international solar, UK, FIT, Feed In Tariff, Germany

Unless some massive prank is being played on the solar industry, April 1st will kick off enormous changes in Europe (though solar stocks have already begun to react): Germany's feed in tariff will scale back by 16-17 percent, while the United Kingdom will enact a FiT for the first time.

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Germany Poised to Decrease Solar Subsidies

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, January 20 2010 under: Solar Policy, international solar, Energy Policy, Germany

Yesterday, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle announced a potential cut of up to 17 percent in the country’s solar energy subsidies.

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A Year-End Look at the German Solar Industry

Posted by Connie Zheng In Wednesday, December 16 2009 under: international solar, Germany

The Los Angeles Times makes a case for country-wide government solar incentives in its article “Germany shows government role is key to thriving solar industry,” which takes a brief look at the country’s solar incentives and compares them to the state-specific, localized incentives found in the United States. Although Germany doesn’t receive as much sun as places like Spain or Hawaii do, solar advocates say that the country’s thriving solar industry is a testament to the success of its national incentives.

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