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SolarWorld restructuring triggers 50 MW supply deal

Frank Asbeck of SolarWorld.

Satisfactory resolution of the company's annual general meeting 2014 culminates in the announcement of a 50 MW solar module delivery order.


Trading begins for SunEdison yieldco

Gross proceeds of at least US$500 million are expected from TerraForm Power's IPO. The company has an initial portfolio of 808 MW of solar PV projects in three continents.


REC Silicon hits $24 million Q2 profit as polysilicon demand increases

REC production facility, U.S.

The polysilicon producer reported strong revenues of $126.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, boosting profit after a loss-making Q1.


Study ranks Germany as world's most energy efficient economy

Bundestag, Berlin.

Hot on the heels of its World Cup success, Germany claims another accolade as it is crowned most energy efficient major economy. U.S. lags behind in 13th place.


Yaskawa expands into US inverter market with Solectria acquisition

Solectria Inverter.

Deal sees the Japanese technical giant acquire the fifth-largest inverter supplier in the U.S., becoming the only company to feature in the top 10 of the world's two biggest inverter markets.


Bank of Philippines funds ThomasLloyd solar joint venture

San Carlos PV plant, Philippines

The financing agreement is seen as key to helping San Carlos Solar Energy deliver a larger portfolio of projects to meet the Philippines' growing needs for daytime power and to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.


PV monitoring heats up as demand for investment-grade PV data rises

Christos Georgopoulos examines the growing monitoring system market and the increasing role in-depth analysis and data on technical and financial performance is playing for stakeholders.


Pakistan approves feasibility study for solar project

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif's government is considering three more feasibility studies after 24 letters of intent for solar schemes were issued. Sharif's rural electrification program is continuing apace.


Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.


Solar-powered benches rolled out in Boston, US

Soofa, Boston, U.S.

Created by startup Changing Environments, the Soofa is a solar-powered park bench that allows users to charge their mobile devices while resting.


Mosaic launches solar loan, O&M service

A house with solar.

Solar crowdfunder Mosaic has launched a solar loan coupled with operations and maintenance (O&M) for residential PV arrays. The new product is being offered in partnership with microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy.


Corporate funding in global solar sector reaches $6.3 billion in second quarter

Great Glemham project, Suffolk, England

Solar funding in the period included $432 Million in venture capital and $1.3 billion in third-party funds, according to a new report by Mercom Capital Group.


Petition urges UK government to give solar 'one more push'

David Cameron, Prime Minister, U.K.

More than 150 businesses have signed a letter calling for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to back solar; letter will be presented to Downing Street today.


NextEra closes on IPO for yieldco

The Genesis solar CSP plant

This move makes NextEra the latest in a series of companies that have created yieldco ownership vehicles for solar plants and other energy assets.


Inteco, RE-Pro partner on 135 MW of renewable projects in Europe

Yelena Baturina

Russian businesswoman Yelena Baturina's Austrian company may invest more than $27 million in green energy projects, including solar farms in southern Europe.


China founds PV association

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The newly-constituted CPIA will pursue a 'free and fair trade environment for Chinese PV'. The head of Trina Solar has been elected to lead the organization for five years.


Indian manufacturers dismiss threat to NSM

A solar farm in Gujarat, India.

The country's solar manufacturing association says domestic producers and non dumping exporters can more than meet the demand for solar in India. Power minister Piyush Goyal this week said the imposition of AD duties on imports...


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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