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Yingli profit margin halved in preliminary Q2 financials

Yingli solar production.

Gross margin of sales expected to be between 6-7% for the second quarter, a fall of 50% on Q1's 14.1% margin; scant preliminary data points to increased module shipments at discounted prices in China.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

David Cameron and Barack Obama share a beer.

The U.S. and U.K. continue to go their separate ways on renewables, encouraging data from Germany warms the solar cockles, and a new solar mapping tool raises the roof across the U.S.


Solar-Fabrik closes Wismar operations

The Solar-Fabrik operations in Wismar are nearing the end. The module manufacturer’s facility will cease operation end of November.


E.ON: The PV business is and will remain profitable

Interview: The energy utility E.ON plans to expand its PV business in Germany. From September, E.ON will offer a PV plant check service for operators of the more than 1.5 million PV plants. Moreover, the development of new PV...


UK's Solar Trade Association labels FIT cuts 'self-defeating'

Commercial rooftop installation in the U.K.

Proposals to slash U.K.'s feed-in tariff by up to 87% draw scorn from the industry, which argues that ideology, rather than sound economic reasoning, is the driving force behind the cuts.


LG plans to expand production in South Korea

LG Electronics has decided to expand its production capacity at its production site in Gumi, South Korea. The reason has been stated as the strong global demand for its Cello-technology integrated modules.


Molten salt storage system wins Eureka prize

A team of researchers at the University of South Australia have won the 2015 ANSTO Eureka prize for their molten salt energy storage system. Though the idea of molten salt storage is not new, the team has come up with a different...


Hanergy dumped from MSCI index

Hanergy HQ.

Index compiler MSCI to remove troubled Hong Kong-based solar firm Hanergy from its index as of September 1 following 50 business days of trading inactivity.


Bosch acquires Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo

German auto parts giant Bosch has acquired Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo. Seeo has been attempting to move from lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathodes towards nickel cobalt aluminium (NCA) to keep ahead of competition.


3 GW of potential solar capacity on San Francisco roofs

Solar mapping provider Mapdwell has expanded to San Francisco, estimating that the city can host up to 3 GW of rooftop PV. This is a higher capacity per square mile than other cities.


Construction underway on a 100 MW solar project in North Carolina

Principal Solar has partnered with Entropy Investments to build the project, which is larger than any operational solar plant east of the Rocky Mountains.


Honduras: 232 MW of PV projects receive three cent bonus

Eight solar PV projects in the Central American nation have received an additional US$0.03/kWh bonus for reaching completion by an August 1 deadline. Honduras' feed-in tariff is driving rapid solar market growth.


Solar can meet Western Australia's daytime power needs, says state minister

Residential PV array, Perth.

Energy Minister for WA Mike Nahan reveals staunch support for solar technology at Energy in WA conference; capacity of installed PV in Perth metro area expected to double over next few years.


Hanwha Q Cells increases Q2 profit by 20%

Hanwha Q Cells production.

Second quarter financials for the Korean solar firm reveal a steady performance, with module shipments up 12.2% and revenues reaching $338 million.


Correction: 485 MW Blythe Mesa PV plant step closer to reality

A simulation of the solar project, as originally proposed by Solar Millennium

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the 485 MW Blythe Mesa Solar project in California, the U.S. pv magazine mistakenly wrote on September 25, that the project originally belonged to NextEra Energy.


UK to propose drastic FIT cuts starting 2016

Rooftop solar PV installation, U.K.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) also proposing enforcement of default FIT degressions each quarter; STA labels review 'alarming'.


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