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Deutsche Bank: Momentum continues in U.S. 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.


LDK Solar subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection in US court

Delaware County Court

The beleaguered Chinese PV giant's U.S. subsidiaries, LDK Solar Systems, LDK Solar USA and LDK Solar Tech USA, have filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.


Kyocera teams up with Healthy Planet Partners fund

Kyocera Solar's 110.88 kW roof-mount system for Tomar Electronics in Gilbert, Arizona.

The companies are providing developer and EPC partners with an end-to-end solution, from assistance with origination, technical and financial feasibility analysis to construction and long-term financing.


SunEdison in talks over $2bn Chinese poly factory

The flag of China.

US poly and wafer maker could treble its poly production capacity with Chinese fab. Company president says it is considering a similar investment in Saudi Arabia.


Creditors vote through LDK restructure

LDK Solar headquarters.

Note holders of the debt-saddled wafer manufacturer waved through restructuring proposals this morning. The plans will now go before courts in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.


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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