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The pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


GCL calls off Chinese wafer business sale

GCL-Poly manufacturing facility in China.

Polysilicon giant calls off sale in wake of ITC ruling that will see Chinese companies repatriate operations from Taiwan. Sale would have eased debt burden on GCL.


SDG&E transmission line passes 1 GW renewables mark

San Diego.

$1.9bn Sunrise Powerlink is carrying 1 GW of solar and wind power to San Diego. 150 MW from Solar Gen 2 project took utility past the landmark.


SunEdison closes additional $117 million solar fund

SunEdison project worker

The fund will provide financing for a portfolio of distributed generation projects in 12 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The second fund this year brings the company's total fund-raised capital to $290 million with Barclays and Citi.


Juwi AG clears way for MVV Energie hook-up

Juwi headquarters, Woerrstadt, Germany

After securing new loan agreements with banks and financing partners, the German renewable energy project developer has fulfilled the necessary requirements for a partnership with MVV Energie, which will take a 50.1% stake in the...


SPI Solar secures $140 million private placement

Solar Power, Inc., PV installation

As part of the deal, the solar developer will sell $70 million of common stock and convertible promissory notes to investors, who will also receive options to buy a further $70 million in company shares.


Deadline for complainants in Vivint Solar class action

The Wall Street bull.

NY law firm says unhappy shareholders can join its class action until January 20. After floating at $18.71 per share on October 1, solar leasing company's stock is now trading below $8.


New Mexican utility proposes rooftop solar tax

White Sands, New Mexico.

PNM wants owners of new systems to pay $18-30 per month from 2016 onwards. Electric utility says solar projects have cost it $79m but rooftop systems have reduced its costs.


Africa's largest microgrid

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Annobon Province project, at 5 MW, will be Africa's largest. Project is being developed by three US companies on an island off Equatorial Guinea.


Locus Energy nears 1 GW landmark

A Locus Energy heatmap.

New Jersey solar monitoring company processing data from almost 1 GW of installations. Demand for SolarNOC software has led the way.


LDK directors resume control

LDK Solar headquarters.

Provisional liquidators' powers expire as company expects to institute restructure next week. News follows signing of a 30.6 MW module supply deal in China.


Hanwha SolarOne to merge with Hanwha Q CELLS

Hanwha Q CELLS will see its entire stock bought out by Hanwha SolarOne in a deal worth more than $1.2bn.

Hanwha SolarOne will pay $1.2bn to acquire Germany's Hanwha Q CELLS stock as ongoing disputes between China and the U.S. and EU force a strategic rethink.


The pv magazine weekly digest

Alan 'Fluff' Freeman.

Trina rules the world, oil is cheap as chips, Germany retreats from solar and Abengoa switches on 250 MW. It's all here with all the week's solar news in one handy article.


US smart grid firm betting on Australia

A PV smart grid.

MicroPlanet emphasized its various attempts to break the Australian market in trading update. According to the figures, no sales were registered in Q3.


Peel-and-stick solar cells

Stanford University campus.

Stanford professor says peel-away solar cells could revolutionize BIPV. Chinese academic is working on scaling up the technology.


Advanced energy drives California job creation

Solar installers in California.

Solar employs almost 73,000 workers among the 431,800 working in advanced energy in the state. Rise in AE job numbers far outstrips general state and national employment rises.


Utility acquires Element Power US

Downtown Edmonton.

Capital Power will pay $114 million for US subsidiary's renewables portfolio. Element Power US has 15 MW North Carolina PV project among its four North American solar schemes.


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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