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pv magazine: Week in review

SunEdison sunset

Energy storage garnered the spotlight at SPI in Las Vegas while in the U.S., renewables continued to account for new capacity. In the Middle East, Saudis are looking increasingly at solar as the key to their future while Israel...


SunEdison wins 150 MW of PV projects in Karnataka, India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The U.S. solar company is expanding its footprint in India, where it has made a successful bid for 150 MW of projects in the state of Karnataka. The news follows SunEdison's recently announced plans to develop 5 GW of solar in...


Kyocera sees sales, profit rise in first half of fiscal year

Kyocera PV site, Nedo

An absence of revenue from large-scale solar projects for the public and commercial sectors resulted in declining sales and profit for the Japanes congolomerate's Applied Ceramic Products division. Japan remains the group's main...


SunPower posts 70% drop in third-quarter profit

SunPower's San Luis Obispo project

The California company's revenue between July and September was on par with its third-quarter result last year despite the hefty drop in profit. North America remains SunPower's biggest market.


Deutsche Bank: Momentum continues in US solar market

The bank's latest research note from the Solar Power International trade show predicts continuing U.S. market growth through 2015, as well as a potential deal on tariffs against Chinese solar products.


PV puts other renewables in the shade in Israel

A satellite image of Israel.

Israel's government has approved the transfer of 520 MW of quotas for solar PV, signalling the beginning of an exciting time for solar power in the Middle East.


The pv magazine weekly news digest: Oct 18-25

A sale sign.

With poly and solar energy price falls set to continue, it's good news all round this week... apart from in Austin, Texas... and unless you are Tony Abbott... or an LDK shareholder...


Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'

Solar panel installation.

Californian company secures $1m accelerator grant from US Department of Energy. Cash will speed the introduction of the SMASH PowerStation to market.


Household solar 'safe' as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Australian PM Tony Abbott wants to reduce amount of large-scale solar built up to 2020 by two-thirds with his 'real' 20 per cent target. The move was one of the recommendations of the discredited Warburton Review of the country's...


Utility acquires 150 MW First Solar project

A First Solar module.

Southern Power acquires Solar Gen 2 project. The First Solar scheme is set to be finished by the end of the year.


Marks and Spencer to install UK's largest PV rooftop

Marks & Spencer in Glasgow.

Mark Group will install a 6.1 MW project on top of retailer's East Midlands distribution centre. Uncertainty over the government's new incentive scheme will limit commercial rooftops to sub-5 MW from April onwards.


Spanish supreme court paves way for lawsuits against solar FIT cuts

Spain 5.75 MW PV park

pv magazine has learned that Spain's supreme court, the Tribunal Supremo, has invited the country's Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) to discuss its lawsuit against the recent measures that reduce solar subsidies. A trial date may be...


Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


REC Solar closes 300 MW supply agreements as third quarter revenue drops

REC Group's Madera Power Plant, California

The company's recent product launch of its Peak Energy 72 cell and Peak Energy Z-Link series has resulted in deals with major U.S. solar developers, including Recurrent Energy, SolarCity and SunRun. Third-quarter business dropped...


Daimler sells Tesla stake

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The German carmaker bought a 9.1% stake in Tesla in 2009 for some $50 million and has now sold its remaining 4% in the company for $780 million. The two companies will continue to work together in the field of electric mobility.


Altus Power raises $200 million for solar project investment

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

Altus Power America partnered with four Franklin Square sponsored funds and GSO Capital Partners on its latest solar investment venture. The company is looking to fund commercial and industrial distributed generation projects.


Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for April have been published. Price increase for PV modules in Europe is not quite as strong as expected. In particular, thin film module prices remained relatively stable, with March showing barely any movement. Find the latest information on pv magazine's module price index page.

Grid parity monitor

A Grid Parity update for March is now available. Eclareon's David Perez reveals all. Find the latest information on pv magazine's grid parity monitor page.

Chile investment guide

Investment guide, "Photovoltaics in Chile," published by Solarpraxis AG, in cooperation with Eclareon and law firm Dominguez, Ossa, Lon (DOLM), is available to download for free. The publication provides country-specific information on such issues as legal and political frameworks, permitting procedures, site acquisition and project financing.

Poland investment guide


Investment guide, Photovoltaics in Poland, is now available to download
for free. The main frameworks for the Polish photovoltaic market have been outlined. The guide will be updated quarterly.

Ukranian investment opportunities

On the back of FIT cuts and maturing markets, investors are looking for new opportunities in south east Europe. Ukraine is presenting one logical and very interesting investment alternative, according to Ilko Iliev, CEO of Inea Consulting.

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Betting on the bear

pv magazine, 02/2012

Solar shares: The crash of renewable energy shares on the stock exchange is not only attributable to the financial crisis and the economic difficulties besetting the industry. For months professional stock brokers have also perpetuated the fall in prices for solar shares through short selling.

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