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The pv magazine weekly news round-up

The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


Co-founder back at the helm at CSUN

A China Sunergy building.

Stephen Zhifang Cai has resigned for personal reasons, CSUN announced today. The Nanjing manufacturer's share price has tanked since November.


Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


It's about the fossil fuels, stupid!

Smokestacks at a coal-fired power station.

Frost and Sullivan report predicts coal will dominate electricity generation up to 2030 and gas is 'a fuel of the future.' Forthcoming global trends report does acknowledge an explosion in the battery storage market, however.


Scatec Solar valued at $298m-$383m

Scatec Solar's project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

The Norwegian developer will set the share price for its pending IPO next week. The company predicted a price range of $4.42-5.68 per share.


Chapter 11 plan for LDK subsidiaries

LDK Solar headquarters.

The Chinese giant plans to shut down three US subisidiaries. On Tuesday a court in Hong Kong will rule on the company's restructuring plans.


Further devolution will not derail Scotland's stellar renewables success

Scotland onshore wind

pv magazine's Ilias Tsagas argues that further devolved powers for Scotland, in the wake of yesterday's tight independence vote, will not hurt its renewable energy sector but might give it a further boost.


Meyer Burger raises $107 million in bond issue

Meyer Burger building

The successful placement of the bonds is expected to help the company, which saw net losses grow 9% in the first half of the year. Money from the issue will go to capital requirements and investments in demo equipment.


Equipment book-to-bill falls back below parity

A graph from SEMI

Hopes for a sustained equipment bounce-back have taken a hit, in the Q2 2014 SEMI Worldwide Equipment Market Statistics Report. The book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.73.


pv magazine's weekly news round-up

Ulrich Speisshofer, CEO of ABB.

Here we are again, everything you could possibly need to know about this week in solar shoe-horned into one handy email. Those of you old enough can think of it as a sun-drenched That Was The Week That Was.


Printable solar cells close to commercialization

Dyesol solar dye cells.

Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.


Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...


Energy is at the heart of Florida election

Florida governor Rick Scott.

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott oversaw bill rises to fund utility infrastructure including natural gas pipes and nuclear. The utilities have donated $3.55m to Republicans...


Greek isles to be connected to grid

A Greek island.

French, Swedish, Italian and Greek companies this week signed contracts to install underground and subsea cabling to connect the Cyclades to the mainland grid. The connections will boost solar project development in the isalnds.


Solar farms increasingly popular with UK farmers

4.2 MW PV array at the Newlands Farm in Devon, England.

More and more farmers are combining sheep and chickens with rows of PV panels and producing a double output of food and clean, home-grown power, according to a new report, says the BRE National Solar Centre.


Sanderink buys Wagner Solar

Wagner headquarters in Coelbe

The Dutch group has taken over the insolvent German PV group, which will continue to operate under the Wagner Solar brand and retain 80 employees at its two sites in Hesse.


Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...


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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