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The Middle East and North Africa: Solar Mega Growth Ahead

The Middle East and North Africa: Solar Mega Growth Ahead

Demand for solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will skyrocket in the next five years, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Emirates Solar Industry Association (EISA). “In terms of solar energy, it is clear that the MENA region is set to experience significant change over the


The 2013 World Future Energy Summit

First Solar is pleased to be a platinum sponsor and exhibitor at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) taking place in Abu Dhabi January 15-17. WFES is an exciting platform to demonstrate First Solar’s capabilities and build lasting relationships in a region that is rapidly embracing the full potential of clean energy.  At the forefront of


Review: The 2012 Solar PV Industry

The difficulties that the global solar industry experienced in 2012 were both clear and expected. Continuing excess solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing capacity spurred a collapse in prices across the PV value chain, creating consistently negative margins and negative profitability for upstream PV manufacturers. This led to a large number of bankruptcies, insolvencies and acquisitions, but


Latin America: The New Solar Hotbed?

High electricity costs (both wholesale and retail), rumors of government tenders, and significant price declines of photovoltaic equipment have attracted a rush of solar development in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the start of 2013, more than 10 gigawatts of large-scale projects have been announced in the region, but just 91 megawatts are currently

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OnForce Solar Acquires Stake in Lita Brothers General Construction

OnForce Solar  has acquired a stake in Lita Brothers General Construction, a commercial and residential roofing company located in Bergenfield, New Jersey. The purchase positions the company to meet the needs of its present and future customers in New York, which is one of the fastest growing solar energy markets in the United States. “Since


Solar Industry Survives The Fiscal Cliff

The big renewables winner in the fiscal cliff legislation was wind. But the solar industry was also spared some pain. Wind’s $0.022 per kilowatt-hour production tax credit (PTC) was extended through the end of 2013. Crucial language changes allow wind and geothermal projects “under construction” by year-end to qualify for the incentive instead of only


Who Pays for Solar?

We wrote before about an upcoming study from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to determine the overall cost-benefit of installing solar.  Well in advance of that study, the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California are coming out swinging, with populist rhetoric about solar’s unfair impact.  But just because a utility says something, doesn’t make it


Looking Back: Solar in 2012

Looking back on the solar in 2012, U.S. manufacturers have struggled to stay afloat amidst the solar trade issues with China, but it wasn’t as bad for the rest of the industry. Despite the attempt to promote U.S. manufacturing of PV by cracking down on Chinese dumping of solar products below fair market value, Chinese