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Xiaofeng Peng resigns from LDK Solar

LDK solar HQ.

Former chairman, founder and director hands in resignation ahead of commencement of restructuring proceedings for the troubled Chinese solar company.


Hanwha SolarOne cuts second-quarter loss, boosts module shipments

Isle of Wight Wellow 5 MW PV installation

Japan accounted for 53% of the company's module shipments in the quarter. The U.S. became its second-largest market, reversing positions with the U.K.


IRENA report outlines green energy solutions for island tourism

IRENA report cover image

The report makes the case that a transition to renewable energy can bolster sustainable tourism marketing strategies, which can in turn increase tourism while improving the well-being of island communities.


Chinese PV suppliers increase global market share

JA Solar module inspection.

Latest research from NPD Solarbuzz reveals leading Chinese solar module suppliers upped their share of global supply by 26% in Q2.


Vivint Solar to go public

Vivint headquarters

The Utah company has yet to decide how many shares it will offer or the price range for the offering. It's looking to list on the New York Stock Exchange.


Yingli posts second-quarter net loss of $46 million

Yingli module production

Yingli's customer base doubled compared with the second quarter of 2013 as shipments to Japan in the first half of 2014 exceeded its total shipments to the country in 2013.


False alarm: No panel shortage coming

PV module production, China

Leading players are in expansion mode as end markets continue to grow. The capacity additions indicate there will also be no supply shortage next year, says IHS' Stefan de Haan.


India rejects anti-dumping duties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (as chief minister of Gujarat)

By deciding not to decide on whether or not to levy anti-dumping duties, India's Ministry of Finance has sided with solar project developers rather than the Ministry of Commerce.


ISS secures financing for 200 MW of solar farms in North Carolina

Innovative Solar Systems PV project

The North Carolina company is looking for investors to buy projects of 20 MW and larger upon delivery with no upfront risk or financing.


Scatec Solar preps float

Scatec Solar's 75 MW Kalkblut solar PV plant in South Africa's Northern Cape.

The Norwegian group is set to apply for a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange and launch an initial public offering in an effort to increase capital for further growth.


Suntech restructuring in Europe moves forward

Suntech headquarters

The Chinese company's Switzerland-based SPI subsidiary is now solvent and under the operational control of its board of directors.


Retain RET to keep green energy on Team Australia

When Tony Abbott claimed victory for the Coalition in the 2013 election before a euphoric crowd of supporters, he was quick to proclaim that Australia was once again open for business.


US lowers anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwanese solar cells, modules

Citing a “ministerial error”, the U.S. Department of Commerce has cut in half duty levels for solar products made in Taiwan by Motech, and has reduced tariff levels for most other Taiwanese solar PV makers as well.


Chaori Solar administrators to draft restructuring plan

Shanghai skyline.

Administrators of first Chinese company to default on a domestic corporate bond have drawn up plans to shape the reorganization of the company and its assets.


SunPower introduces pilot solar lease program Down Under

Residential PV array, Perth, Australia

The company's pilot program in Melbourne is modeled after its successful residential leasing program in the United States. SunPower systems are available in other regions of Australia through cash and loan programs.


JinkoSolar second-quarter net profit soars, sales up 38%

JinkoSolar PV park

In its fifth consecutive quarter of profitability, the company expanded its downstream operations and managed to maintain a leading position in China while expanding operations in emerging markets and the U.S.


Phoenix Solar's half-year revenue drops, operating loss narrows

Phoenix Solar Sulzemoos, Germany

The German solar group attributes its dramatic revenue drop on external factors, including delayed orders in the United States.


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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