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German official: Bids for ground-mounted installations at 9-10 eurocents

PV plant, Fuerstenwalde, Germany

Speaking at an event hosted by the German Engineering Association, Rainer Baake , state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, confirmed for the first time the prices for the new pilot tenders for...


Update: SPI buys stake in ZBB ahead of storage deal

ZBB Energy Corp. headquarters

As part of a supply agreement valued at between $80 million and $120 million, SPI will integrate ZBB Energy's advanced energy storage systems in its PV solutions for solar markets around the globe. The Chinese solar developer...


Meyer Burger reaches settlement agreement with GT Advanced Technologies

Meyer Burger

GTAT has agreed to recognize the company's $35 million claim and assume ownership of equipment it had ordered before a soured deal with Apple allegedly forced it into bankruptcy.


SolarCity rolls out $1bn commercial solar rooftop fund

Wal-Mart solar installation.

Expansion of SolarCity's commercial ambitions aided by investment from Credit Suisse that will finance the installation of 300 MW of commercial solar rooftops.


Andalay Solar narrows annual loss, increases revenue

Port of Long Beach, California

The California company's fourth-quarter bottom line was affected by module shipment delays caused by a labor dispute that slowed operations at West Coast ports last year. The company reports good progress in executing its new...


SunEdison, TerraForm finance 97 MW solar portfolio in UK

The 15.6 MW Pitworthy solar farm in Devon, England

Backed by £84.6 million in financing from Germany's Bayerische Landesbank, the companies closed financing for projects across the U.K. with the capacity to power 30,000 homes a year. EDF Energy entered signed a 15-year PPA for...


German renewables pushing wholesale electricity further into negative territory

German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wednesday saw German solar panels generate a record 27.7 GW of electricity. With more sunny weather predicted, that benchmark is expected to be short-lived.


SPI buys 30 MW of PV project development rights in Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

In its second major global project agreement this week, SPI has picked up a raft of solar PV projects across four Japanese prefectures.


Thin film to power drones

A drone.

Silent Falcon UAV will be powered by Ascent Solar cells. Drone has a range of 'commercial, public safety and defense applications.'


Labour pledges to remove carbon from UK electricity supply

Labour leader Ed Milliband.

To achieve decarbonization through PV alone would require an extra 100 million panels in the next 15 years. Labour would make decarbonization by 2030 a legal requirement, if elected on May 7.


Court halts restart of Japanese reactors

Fukushima reactor 1.

Plans to restart two reactors in western Japan have been stopped despite green light from nuclear regulator. News comes in the wake of India's pro-nuclear trade agreements.


Record quarter for residential and commercial solar

African off-grid solar.

Mercom solar financing report says expiry of US federal tax credit has driven segment to new high. UK and African off-grid projects also feature prominently in Q1 figures.


Shunfeng JV with state-owned aerospace company

The flag of China.

Cheng Kin Ming's ambitious eco-city plans will be aided by state-owned group of more than 200 member companies across a range of sectors.


Utility aims to bring P2G power to the US

A natural gas warning sign.

SoCalGas wants to use its existing natural gas infrastructure to store excess renewables power. Under P2G, renewable electricity is used to make synthetic equivalent of natural gas.


Solar-Fabrik identifies fire-risk modules

Solar-Fabrik's headquarters, in Freiburg.

German manufacturer has published the serial numbers of modules with junction boxes which may catch fire. Any related product recall will be a fresh blow for the troubled German module maker.


Scatec announces South Africa projects

Scatec Solar's Kalkbult project, in South Africa.

Norwegian developer has announced three contract wins under much-delayed round of national power auction. No details emerged as to how state utility Eskom has overcome publicized grid constraints.


Swiss battery maker joins Azores grid project

Batteries.

Leclanche's lith-ion batteries will form part of MW-scale renewables-plus-storage project. Swiss company's Danish shareholder will also finance the project to the tune of $3.7m.


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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