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High liability to asset ratios and low inventory turnover signal "solvency concerns" for PV companies
Based on their liability to asset ratios, and low inventory turnovers, Yingli Green Energy and Canadian Solar, among others, are posing "potential solvency concerns," according to a leading solar research analyst. First Solar,...
BYD Company Limited has said it will build a 400 MW PV module manufacturing facility in Brazil, together with APEX-Brasil. It is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016.
Jumping on the bandwagon, Neo Solar Power Corporation has announced it will form a yieldco. An investment of US$50 million has been earmarked by the Taiwanese company. It plans a public listing by Q1 2016 at the latest.
Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd has joined forces with Essel Infraprojects Limited (EIL) to establish a solar cell and module manufacturing facility.
Energix CEO tells pv magazine he has ruled out operating in China, India or the UK and is looking to North America and Africa to expand his renewables business.
Crippling debts and absentee chairmen hogged the headlines coming out of China this week but amid the madness, there was good news out of the US and the Middle East.
The body responsible for driving overseas investment in Indonesia says UK companies are ready to plough $4bn into solar and offshore tidal projects but facts are thin on the ground.
Maharashtra state should aim for 25 GW of renewables by 2020, says 'Union minister'. Of the current 14.4 GW target in the state, 7 GW is expected to come from solar.
Germany’s Solar-Fabrik has announced it will reduce its workforce by 65 in Freiburg. The move will make the troubled solar company more attractive to investors, it says.
Despite a Y/Y decline in net income and gross margin, Trina Solar says it has recorded its strongest Q1 in company history. PV module shipments topped 1.03 GW. It adds that capacity expansions are on track.
All successful bidders have paid the second security deposit under Germany's first PV tender round. They now have 24 months to realize their projects.
Belectric is set to install 77.4 MW worth of PV projects under Turkey’s first solar licensing round, including a 45 MW PV system. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2017.
Under a new partnership, Germany-based Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for its global commercial and utility-scale solar pipeline. The first joint project will see a 5 MW PV system installed in the U.K.
Chinese solar giant states that it is "optimistic" and "confident" about its ability to continue servicing the global market, following recent reports to the contrary. Company announces keenly awaited conference call.
Lux Research predicts that costs for "best-in-class" players' lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs will fall to US$172/kWh by 2025. These prices will primarily benefit the electric vehicle (EV) industry, however, with the...
SEIA forecasts 25-50% market growth in all U.S. solar sectors by 2016. Analyzing the industry from 2004 to 2014, the association finds "huge" growth rates in the employment and investment sectors, in addition to solar deployment....
Canadian Solar Inc. has secured a US$44 million non-recourse construction loan facility for its 10 MW utility-scale PV plant, located in Ontario.
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 May is now available. In the second issue of its Grid Parity Monitor (GPM) Series, CREARA focuses on the commercial sector (30 kW PV systems), and analyzes countries in Europe and LatAm.
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.
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.