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UK government refuses to intervene in solar farm plans

Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles.

Secretary of state Eric Pickles refused to be drawn into the planning application for a 15-16 MW farm in Cumbria but is very much an interventionist when it comes to applications in the Tory heartlands in the south east of...


Policy uncertainty paralyzes large-scale Down Under

Sydney Harbour.

While rooftop solar is powering ahead, large-scale projects are at a standstill in Australia. Less than 200 MW of large-scale renewable projects were approved this year.


Minister delights Indian expo with 100 GW eight-year aim

The flag of India.

Jaw-dropping figure, mentioned 24 hours before Intersolar India opened, divided opinion between those who see it as a pipe dream and Narendra Modi's enthusiastic solar supporters.


Amtech lands order for PV manufacturing equipment

Amtech Systems.

PV manufacturing equipment, including PECVD, will be supplied to Mission Solar Energy. News was released shortly after a mixed trading update from Amtech.


Sunnova raises $250 million in funding round

The third-party solar provider notes that this is the largest funding round by a residential solar service company in the United States, and brings its total funding to half a billion dollars.


JinkoSolar posts third-quarter increases in sales, profit as it reviews sale of downstream biz

JinkoSolar rooftop solar

The company currently has 15 projects totaling 488.5 MW under construction. It is also planning to gradually increase its percentage of distributed generation project construction in 2015. For the full year, JinkoSolar expects...


Renovate America and 400 Capital complete $129 million PACE securitization

This is the second securitization of residential PACE bonds by the two companies, for a total value of $233 million.


US Ex-Im Bank signs $1 billion agreement to support clean energy exports to India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg Signs $1 Billion Memorandum of Understanding to Support U.S. Clean Energy Exports to India Announces the MOU at the India-US Technology Summit in Noida


JA Solar scores 55.6% module shipment increase in Q3

JA Solar HQ.

The Chinese solar producer also posted net revenues of $492.2 million, up 25% on Q2 and a huge 71.8% rise on last year's figures.


JinkoSolar sells 45% stake in downstream unit for $225 million

JinkoSolar PV installation, China

The Shanghai-based company will spin off Jinko Power following separate agreements with China Development Bank International, the Macquarie Greater China Infrastructure Fund and New Horizon Capital.


SunEdison and TerraForm Power buy First Wind

SunEdison says that the US$2.4 billion acquisition will make it the world's largest renewable energy developer, and will give TerraForm Power 521 MW of additional operating wind and PV plants.


Capital Stage could double generation portfolio

Hamburg Capital stage.

The German developer has signed a 20-year strategic financing deal with the Gothaer Group. Purchase of solar parks could double Capital's 313 MW portfolio.


China Sunergy financing deal in Turkey

China Sunergy's Istanbul-Tuzla module plant.

Chinese manufacturer will develop projects of up to 100 MW in Turkey with financing from DenizBank. The Chinese company last month started shipments of its Turkish-made modules to the US.


8minutenergy signs 100 MW PPA

8minutenergy's Chocolate Mountain project, in California.

US developer's Springbok project will supply households in LA. Construction of the project is set to start in the first three months of the new year.


Westinghouse parent enters administration

A Westinghouse solar module.

Australian renewables developer CBD Energy has entered voluntary administration along with its Australian solar business. The company hopes to announce a restructuring plan next month.


Applied Materials results show little sign of recovery in the PV equipment market

Applied Materials has reported another slow quarter in its Energy & Environmental Services division, a sign that recovery in the PV equipment industry is still far off.


Canadian Solar posts record third-quarter results

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu

The company is on-track to deliver the best year in its history in terms of revenue, profitability and megawatt shipment, according to Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu.


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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