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Trina Solar issues $100 million convertible notes

Trina Solar module production

As part of the notes ofering, the Chinese PV group has agreed to lend American depository shares to o investors, who will be able to hedge their investment in the notes.


Heliatek raises EUR 18 million from investors

Heliatek organic solar film production

A group of high-profile investors led by BMW heir and entrepreneur Stefan Quandt are supporting the German organic solar film manufacturer's market entry in the BIPV and automotive sectors.


Scatec Solar lowers IPO price as company delays first day trading

Scatec Solar installation.

Norwegian solar company sharply cuts the price range for its share offering as it lowers sales forecast ahead of trading.


Flow batteries: more cost effective for residential and utility-scale installations?

Bill Watkins, CEO of Imergy Power Systems

CEO interview: Bill Watkins, CEO of Imergy Power Systems, speaks exclusively with pv magazine about the company's vanadium-based flow battery energy storage products and why they make sense for PV developers. Imergy is...


ADB signs off $152m Rajasthan loan

Electricity power lines.

Indian state will get finance to expand its transmission network. Rajasthan wants to generate 8 GW from solar and wind by 2018.


New York's $5bn renewables vision

The Statue of Liberty, New York.

NYSERDA says its 10-year plans will cost $3.85bn on top of current spending commitments. But the sustainable energy body says that does not mean a rise in energy bills for consumers.


Berkeley Lab report examines financial impacts of distributed PV on utilities

U.S. rooftop installation

Impacts to utility shareholder earnings and return on equity can vary greatly but can also be mitigated through a range of measures, according to analysts.


UN Climate Summit strikes bum note

President Obama at the UN.

Despite the self-congratulatory mood, critics attack gathering of 120 world leaders for failing to rise to the challenge of climate change.


Abengoa launches EUR 500 million green bond offering

Abengoa's Solana 280 MW plant

The Spanish group will use the proceeds to finance existing and future eligible green energy projects.


Manz secures EUR 20 million loan for CIGS research

Manz ZSW CIGS solar panel

The credit line is part of an initiative to support midcap companies launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, which describes Manz as "a technology leader well on a par with international competitors."


Rockefellers dump oil, embrace clean energy

SunEdison array

If John D. Rockefeller were alive today, "as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy," says Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller...


Centrotherm cites PV sector weakness as 50 jobs cut

Centrotherm turnkey production line.

The German solar equipment manufacturer announces continued restructuring and modernization program that will see 50 jobs go at its Blaubeuren HQ.


Innotech Solar acquires Tripod Energy, Italian PV assets

Tripod Energy's 1 MW Natale PV project, Italy

The Scandinavian-German PV module maker says the acquisition will strengthen its cash position and provide reliable operating revenues from the two PV plants Italy.


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.


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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