Italy deepens cuts to ground-mounted PV

The Italian government has issued a decree restricting funding for PV systems on agricultural land to a small number of already approved projects. However, the revision must still be made law by the parliament within 60 days. With the lobby already up in arms over the decree, observers are expecting to see some amendments.

Feed in tariffs: London insists on appeal

The British Court of Appeals has thrown out an appeal request of the ruling forbidding the government from lowering feed in tariffs (FIT) for PV. Now the British Minister of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) intends to appeal the Court of Appeals decision, according to a 21 February announcement.

Mastervolt presents new inverters and solution for increased on-site consumption of solar power at Ecobuild

London/Amsterdam, 08.03.2012 - At Ecobuild 2012, Stand N3419, the Dutch solar inverter manufacturer Mastervolt will showcase an innovative switching solution which increases the on-site consumption of solar power, the new transformer-less inverter SunMaster ES3.6TL and the extended transformer-less CS inverter series.

Brazil about to start support for solar?

It seems likely that two new initiatives supporting solar power installations will soon come into force in Brazil.

Hyundai: 19.7 % efficiency with copper-contact selective-emitter cells

Solar cells and modules manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries from South Korea reports having achieved a conversion efficiency of 19.7 % for copper-contact selective-emitter cells. Measured by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, this rate would set a new world record for the selective-emitter technology on standard 156 mm commercial-grade p-type silicon wafers.

28.8 MW CIS solar power plant connected

28.8 MW CIS solar power plant connected (Photo: Solar Frontier)

Solar Frontier, manufacturer of CIS thin-film modules, and Belectric, PV EPC, announced the completion and grid connection of a 28.8 MW thin-film solar power plant in Bochow, Germany. Approximately 205,000 Solar Frontier CIS thin-film modules have been installed.

Schott grants Schmid Group a licence for cell production technique

At the Intersolar in Munich, Schott Solar and Schmid Group signed a licence agreement regarding a procedure that Schott has developed for the production of so-called PERC solar cells.At the beginning of this year, Schott Solar abandoned the production of wafers and solar cells.