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China figures not a surprise, says IHS analyst

China and the US

The predicted Q1 falls from Yingli and Trina Solar are to be expected, says IHS, as solar companies continue to fall on the market.


FLS Energy to build multiple solar facilities around North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

The company is seeking to get $200 million in funding as it seeks to take advantage of the generous tax system proffered by the state.


BayWa r.e. commissions 18 MW solar farm in UK

Great Glemham solar farm, England.

The fourth solar farm from the German renewable energy developer is located in the Welsh village of Whitland.


NextEnergy Solar Fund to invest in eight UK projects after completing first round of fund-raising

UK Solar Panels

The fund is set to begin with eight projects, with a further 200 MW planned. The news comes following a disappointing week for funds specialising in renewable energy.


Solar cheaper option than nuclear, new study finds

Cattenom Nuclear power plant.

Report commissioned by Germany's Agora Energiewende reveals that new solar and wind plants are able to generate cheaper low-carbon power than the most modern nuclear reactors.


Obama to lay down solar challenge to US companies

Obama at Nellis Airforce base.

A forthcoming Solar Summit hosted by the White House will outline government support for solar initiatives, including a $15 million PV pathway fund.


Aleo Solar to be sold, dissolved and renamed

Aleo Solar factory.

The troubled German solar company announced today the results of yesterday's extraordinary AGM meeting, revealing it will trade as AS Abwicklung und Solar-Service AG from April 30.


JinkoSolar connects 39 MW to China grid

Solar PV plant from JinkoSolar.

The Chinese solar company has completed two PV projects in the province of Jiangsu, China.


REC Silicon posts results, predicts a year of improvement

REC in Washington.

While still posting losses, the Norwegian company appears to have reversed its declines. Despite a challenging market, the company warily predicts that things will get better.


EU likely to continue Chinese solar glass duties

European Union and China flags.

The European Union has reportedly approved provisional duties, introduced in November last year, ranging from 17.1% to 42.1% on Chinese imports of solar glass for the next five years.


Global roll-out of renewable energy can avert climate catastrophe, says IPCC report

Greenpeaces protesters at Brandenburg Gate.

UN analysis finds total shift away from fossil fuels will have minimal impact on economic growth while averting feared 2C temperature increase by 2050.


Desertec loses major German partners

Desertec solar array in Morocco.

The future of the ambitious, multi-billion dollar-project to generate renewable energy in the MENA region in order to supply Europe appears to be in doubt following the exit of major German partners.


Chinese manufacturers predict Q1 to be tougher than expected

China and the US

Trina Solar and Yingli have both revised their predictions for Q1 2014. The newer figures show heavier decreases than forecast.


India's solar market is emerging from a slump with the NSM and 'group solar parks'

The Indian market is in an ongoing, long-term transition. Most developers still rely on policy driven projects to meet their capacity targets.


India's PROINSO signs deal with China's JinkoSolar

Chinese flag.

The India- and China- based companies have signed a deal for an undisclosed amount that will see the Chinese company have its products distributed around India.


Sunways prepares for suspension of trading on Xetra

Sunways manufacturing.

Correction: The German solar manufacturer will remain listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange but its shares will no longer be traded by the electronic trading system Xetra.


Shunfeng shareholders approve Wuxi Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech headquarters, China

Jiangsu Shunfeng will pay $483 million for Wuxi Suntech, which operates two production plants with annual production capacities of 1.6 GW for solar cells and 2.4 GW for solar modules.


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.

PV system prices

The latest photovoltaic system prices for February are now available. EuPD Research finds that German prices continue to flatten. Find the latest information on pv magazine's system prices 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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