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Spanish supreme court paves way for lawsuits against solar FIT cuts

Spain 5.75 MW PV park

pv magazine has learned that Spain's supreme court, the Tribunal Supremo, has allowed the country's Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) lawsuit against the recent measures that reduce solar subsidies to go forward. A date for the trial...


Mexico's Solartec opens up shop in Texas

Solartec 30 kW rooftop installation at Walmart store in Mexico City

After buying the assets of French group Tournaire Solaire Energie, the Mexican company is investing some $31 million in a new manufacturing plant north of the border. The company expects its Houston fab to generate sales of $285...


SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


REC Solar closes 300 MW supply agreements as third quarter revenue drops

REC Group's Madera Power Plant, California

The company's recent product launch of its Peak Energy 72 cell and Peak Energy Z-Link series has resulted in deals with major U.S. solar developers, including Recurrent Energy, SolarCity and SunRun. Third-quarter business dropped...


Daimler sells Tesla stake

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The German carmaker bought a 9.1% stake in Tesla in 2009 for some $50 million and has now sold its remaining 4% in the company for $780 million. The two companies will continue to work together in the field of electric mobility.


Altus Power raises $200 million for solar project investment

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

Altus Power America partnered with four Franklin Square sponsored funds and GSO Capital Partners on its latest solar investment venture. The company is looking to fund commercial and industrial distributed generation projects.


LDK Solar subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection in US court

Delaware County Court

The beleaguered Chinese PV giant's U.S. subsidiaries, LDK Solar Systems, LDK Solar USA and LDK Solar Tech USA, have filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.


Kyocera teams up with Healthy Planet Partners fund

Kyocera Solar's 110.88 kW roof-mount system for Tomar Electronics in Gilbert, Arizona.

The companies are providing developer and EPC partners with an end-to-end solution, from assistance with origination, technical and financial feasibility analysis to construction and long-term financing.


SunEdison in talks over $2bn Chinese poly factory

The flag of China.

US poly and wafer maker could treble its poly production capacity with Chinese fab. Company president says it is considering a similar investment in Saudi Arabia.


Creditors vote through LDK restructure

LDK Solar headquarters.

Note holders of the debt-saddled wafer manufacturer waved through restructuring proposals this morning. The plans will now go before courts in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.


Austin utility tries to water down solar commitment

Austin, Texas.

Texan power company wants a 65% renewables target, imposed on it by city council, reduced to 50%. Austin Energy calling for new gas-fired power plant rather than 600 MW of new solar.


India raises JNNSM target by 75%

Part of the entourage for Indian PM Narendra Modi's recent visit the White House.

Narendra Modi wants 15.75 GW, rather than 9 GW under the second phase of the national solar mission. Developers are meeting in New Delhi today to discuss the proposals.


German renewable energy levy to fall for first time

Berlin, Germany

For the first time since its introduction, the German renewable energy levy will not increase year over year but instead decline, albeit by only 0.07 eurocents to 6.17 eurocents per kilowatt hour.


SolarCity to offer up to US$200 million in bonds

The third-party solar company is the first in the residential space to issue a corporate bond offering. The bonds will offer interest rates up to 4%, and SolarCity has launched a new online investment site.


Brazil: Do PV power purchase agreements fulfill market standards?

Rosa Tarragó

Rosa Tarragó examines the state of power purchase agreements in Brazil.


Clean energy investment set to grow following robust third quarter

Glasspoint Solar-PDO project, Oman

The solar sector accounted for 25% of total clean energy venture capital and private equity investment in the third quarter. Notable solar deals included the $110 million secured by Sunnova and GlassPoint Solar, which received...


The pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 3-10

Solar PV installation at scale.

Storage updates, political wranglings, grid parity promises and yet more headlines for SolarCity... it's been another busy week on pv magazine.


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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