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Independence will not derail Scotland's stellar renewables success

Scotland onshore wind

pv magazine's Ilias Tsagas argues that should Scotland's population vote today in favor of independence, this will not hurt its renewable energy sector but might give it a further boost.

Conergy completes 2.2 MW solar park

Conergy's six megawatt solar power plant in Tarp, northern Germany

Conergy has completed a 2.2 megawatt (MW) solar park near Berlin, Germany.

California: Manufacturing plant dedicated; RPS signed into law

View of Milpitas, California

The new Flextronics/SunPower solar panel manufacturing plant will be dedicated in California today. During the event, the state’s expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) will be signed into law.

CIPV Expo 2011 in review: Growth on the agenda

Opening ceremony at photovoltaics show, CIPV 2011

The CIPV Expo 2011 took place last week in Beijing, China. With big ambitions for the future, thin film and building-integrated photovoltaics were a key focus. Switzerland and the U.S. were also prominently featured.

VC solar funding soars

photovoltaic panels against sky Ontario

The first quarter of this year has seen strong venture capital (VC) funding in the solar sector, having increased almost three fold from the fourth quarter of 2010. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is also strong.

PV: Shifting demand and falling financial incentives

First Solar 2.3MW rooftop photovoltaic installation in Perrysburg, Ohio

A new report has found that 2011 and 2012 will "remain challenging" for the photovoltaic industry. It also expects the market to flatten out during the period. Shifting demand and falling financial incentives are key issues.

UK: IMS believes government favoring nuclear over solar

380 kWp rooftop photovoltaics system

IMS Research has accused the UK Government of turning its back on solar. The company says reducing tariffs and limiting support to small-scale installations will create nothing more than a niche industry. It adds that the country...

Meyer Burger sets its sights on Roth & Rau

Meyer Burger Technology AG has acquired an 11.3 percent stake in Roth & Rau AG, and has announced a voluntary public takeover offer of €22 for each remaining share held by public shareholders.

Roth & Rau suffers earnings loss; believes turnkey is in decline

Roth & Rau, a photovoltaic company, HQ

Roth & Rau AG has suffered the first ever earnings loss in its 20-year history, despite increasing sales during the 2010 financial year by 44.2 percent. Looking ahead, the company predicts modest sales increases. Meanwhile, it...

Sungrow establishes North American HQ

Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Energy

As part of a $10 million investment in Ontario, Sungrow Canada Inc. has openend its North American headquarters in Vaughan. Fifty new jobs have reportedly been created.

3M plans ninth solar manufacturing site in China

3M has said it will manufacture its Scotchshield solar backside barrier film (pictured) at the new plant

3M has said it will build a manufacturing facility for photovoltaic materials and renewable energy products in China’s Hefei High-tech Park.

Satcon Q1 results fall below expectations

Satcon, a photovoltaic company, screenshot

Although Satcon Technology Corporation expects a four-fold increase in its first quarter 2011 revenue over the same period last year, financial figures have fallen below initial expectations.

GE to build 400 MW thin film factory; sets new CdTe record

GE HQ photovoltaics thin film story

In what has been a busy day for the company, GE has said it will build a new 400 megawatt thin film photovoltaic panel factory in the U.S. It has also achieved 12.8 percent efficiency on a full-size, thin film solar panel, and...

India: PLG Power inks 70 MW worth of PV contracts

PLG Power - an Indian photovoltaic company - screenshot

PLG Power Limited has signed photovoltaic contracts worth 70 megawatts (MW) with the Gujarat Government in India. In total, it aims to install 200 MW by 2012.

SolarWorld tops SVTC solar scorecard rankings

SolarWorld photovoltaic module finished

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has published its 2011 Solar Company Scorecard. SolarWorld has come out on top, with Trina Solar following close behind. A number of other leading companies, however, failed to...

Survey highlights risk of changing UK solar policy

The UK's largest rooftop photovoltaic installation is installed at Worthy Farm, where Glastonbury also takes place

A new survey has shown the number of renewable electricity projects in the south west of England has rapidly increased: photovoltaic installations comprise the lion’s share. However, it says proposed policy changes are risking...

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