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How Spain’s post-subsidy surge is a sign of things to come for Europe

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By John Parnell

Subsidy-free solar is changing the fortunes of the Spanish solar market, which had experienced the deepest of slumps. All the signs suggest the rest of Europe will be next, regardless of how the trade row plays out, writes John Parnell.

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