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Elon Musk buys more SolarCity stock following hedge fund manager short

SolarCity stock has seen a series of ups and downs in recent days, falling to its lowest level since October 2013 over the weekend. However, the stock showed a modest recovery following Musk's move.


CIGS world-record holder, TSMC exits solar industry

CIGS thin film company TSMC will cease manufacturing activities at the end of August

Taiwan-based TSMC has announced it will exit the thin film industry, ceasing manufacturing activities at the end of August, due to the fact its "solar business is no longer economically sustainable." All product warranties will...


ReneSola’s net revenues continue to fall on back of downstream shift

ReneSola wants to move away from module manufacturing

ReneSola recorded a number of Q2 2015 losses which, it says, reflects its shift from upstream to downstream activities. In the second half of the year, it plans to develop and build over 300 MW of solar PV projects and increase...


Crowdfunding record for solar

Sonneninvest has managed to gather more than a million Euros via crowdfunding for solar PV plants. The company's second crowdfunding venture has already secured more than half a million Euros.


Swedish Midsummer granted loan for thin film R&D

Flexible thin film solar equipment developer, Midsummer has been granted a SEK10 million (US$1.21 million) grant from Almi Företagspartner for the continued development of thin film solar cell production equipment.


Market troubles hit solar stocks

Shares of publicly traded solar companies were already suffering from a faulty association with the price of oil, but the recent fall in global markets has furthered declines.


Exclusive: Lowest bid in second German PV tender EUR 0.01/kWh

The unit price model benefits big solar PV project developers

In a response to a request from the Green Party, the German Government has said that bids for the country’s second pilot solar tender for ground-mounted PV systems are between EUR 0.01 and EUR 0.1098/kWh. They are declining to...


China Sunergy's 260 MW deal to supply modules to the state

China Sunergy headquarters.

Latest move to shore up domestic solar industry sees state-owned company sign purchase agreement. 12-month supply deal backdated to start last month.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Right Said Fred.

90s nostalgia afflicts solar as utilities clutch at straws in the US, the EU hurls penalties at impervious Chinese glass makers and digest regular Frank Asbeck prepares to count the dollars.


11+ GW of rooftop potential in NYC

The New York city skyline.

New solar rooftop mapping tool has assessed more than one million rooftops in the five boroughs. Mapdwell system offers community funding model and link to nearby installers.


SkyPower: from creditor protection to global force

SkyPower's First Light project in Ontario.

Canadian developer's CEO says two more GW-scale deals imminent. Kerry Adler says deals in Middle East and Africa will be signed within two months.


Federal regulators clear SunEdison to acquire Vivint Solar

SunEdison has the approval of the U.S. government to proceed with its planned acquisition of Vivint Solar, which will give the company a major presence in the U.S. residential solar space.


JinkoSolar raises FY module shipment guidance

JinkoSolar says it is on track to connect between 600 and 800 MW of solar PV projects this year

JinkoSolar has raised its full year solar PV module shipping guidance to 4 to 4.5 GW, and expects to grid connect up to 800 MW of new projects. Overall, the Chinese solar company has recorded a relatively strong Q2.


Hörmann Group takes Innotech’s insolvent cell production over

The production facility in Halle will be kept running at a capacity of 150 MW

The Hörmann Group has taken over ITS Halle Cell GmbH, a German subsidiary of the insolvent Norwegian group Innotech Solar AS. The newly-founded Hörmann ITS Cell GmbH has acquired 31 employees and the PV production site in Halle.


Znshine officially out of MIP

The European Commission has rejected calls for a retroactive withdrawal

The European Commission has officially removed Chinese solar PV module manufacturer, Znshine from the EU minimum price (MIP) agreement. It has rejected calls for retroactive withdrawal, however.


Taiwan's Motech secures US$197 million loan

At 3 GW, Motech is Taiwan's largest solar PV cell manufacturer

Motech Industries Inc. has signed a three year loan agreement worth US$197 million. Existing debt will be repaid and working capital funded.


Canadian Solar results dip slightly during Q2, preparations for yieldco continue

Canadian Solar retained a healthy margin and profit in its latest quarterly results, and reported strong operational results, despite shipments below guidance. The company says it is progressing towards establishing a yieldco...


Stock price index

The solar energy stock prices for June 2015 have been published. Hanergy halted, Yingli liquidity concerns and Japan moves to cut subsidies.

Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for July 2015 have been published. A group of European solar companies refuse to accept an extension of the minimum import price regulation without a fight. Find the latest information on pv magazine's module price index page.

Grid parity monitor

A grid parity update for June 2015 is now available. Third issue of CREARA's Grid Parity Monitor (GPM) Series exclusively focuses on Mexico, a market with high irradiation throughout the country and regulatory support that fosters the installation of PV systems.

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.

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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