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SunPower breaks ground on 135 MW Quinto Solar Project

California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.

CEO Tom Werner says SunPower's ownership strategy provides it with a return on investment from its technology while reducing the risk to potential buyers if it later sells the plant.


PV more profitable than onshore wind in Germany

Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Although PV installations in Germany produce less electricity than onshore wind installations, they generate "significantly higher profits," according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute.


SolarWorld increases first half revenue by modest 13%

SolarWorld installation, Germany.

SolarWorld AG's preliminary business results for the first half of 2014 also reveal solid growth in module sales but below-par sales of complete systems.


EU debates energy security strategy

The flag of the EU.

The European Parliament debated a strategy which calls for more renewable generation alongside more fossil fuels and nuclear. Ukraine conflict is bringing energy security sharply into focus.


Developer planning 49 MW scheme on Anglesey

An English solar farm.

SBC wants to develop a $93m scheme on the Welsh island and is launching a four-week public consultation. UK developers have been emboldened by the recent High Court defeat for the government's attempt to block solar farms.


SolarWorld merges German operations

SolarWorld facility, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

The German group is bundling its operations in the state of Saxony to create a centralized production chain in Freiberg, which is celebrating 20 years of solar production next month.


REC Solar achieves $16.2 million second-quarter profit

REC Solar facility, Singapore

While Europe remains the company's No. 1 market, it sees great potential in the U.S., where it recently signed a major supply deal with leading solar provider SolarCity.


Shunfeng lands $323 million credit line

Suntech headquarters

Boosted by the acquistion of Suntech, the Chinese group is looking to expand operations in the U.S. and Asia and has slated $74 million for investment in 100 MW of projects in Japan.


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.


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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