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Dubai announces 800 MW third phase of major solar project

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DEWA officials, Dubai

After achieving the lowest global cost of production of PV energy for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, doubling its capacity from 100 MW to 200 MW, and announcing the 800 MW third phase, Dubai is...


Abound Solar drops 180 employees as it changes PV lines

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules close up

U.S.-based Abound Solar has temporarily cut 180 permanent jobs as it cancels the manufacture of its first-generation photovoltaic modules. The decision took immediate effect.


PV Expo Japan: Solar Spring to bloom

Increased numbers of visitors and a host of new international exhibitors were evident on a slightly chilly trade-show floor today, at the fifth-international PV Expo Japan. While the final rates for the country’s feed-in tariff...


Ukrainian PV industry ramping up

Activ Solar's 20 MW solar photovoltaic park in Ukraine

The Ukrainian photovoltaics industry is on the verge of big change, as more and more investors announce their plans to build power plants in the country.


Yingli announces stronger commitment to Europe and China; capacity ramp up

Yingli Fine Silicon building, China

In posting its fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) 2011 results – detrimentally affected by the weak solar market conditions – Yingli Green Energy has vowed to strengthen its presence in both the European and Chinese...


Spain: 4.3 MW greenhouse PV project completed

Spain solar photovoltaic on greenhouses 4.5 MW

The 4.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project was commissioned last week by Switzerland-based Innotech Solar, Jendra Power and Energie Wasser Bern. Located in the Andalusian municipalities of Atarfe and Moclin, the systems are...


First Solar delivers Q4 and FY 2011 financial declines

First Solar photovoltaic modules

Photovoltaic thin film manufacturer, First Solar recorded financial declines across the board. And while full year (FY) 2011 revenues were slightly up, EBIT and operating expenses spiraled downwards. For 2012, the company has...


Microsol will take Solon over

Solon HQ building

According to Germany’s Tagesspiegel, it looks like Solon has been saved by Indian-Arabic company, Microsol. The news has still to be officially confirmed, however, it is expected that a formal statement will be made on Friday,...


LG Solar also denies scaling back solar operations

LG Solar cell

Following media reports that some of Korea’s biggest solar players are looking to exit the arena, LG Solar has stepped forward to set the record straight.


MENA region holds great solar potential, as West faces uncertain 2012

Masdar solar image

Ernst and Young asserts that 2012’s solar prospects look uncertain, particularly in the West, due to the ongoing Eurozone crisis and renewable energy policy makers. However, emerging markets and, in particular, the Middle East...


Employees let go as Solar Millennium insolvency proceedings begin

Solar Millennium solar image with 3 men walking

Insolvency proceedings for Solar Millennium AG were officially initiated yesterday, February 27. While the insolvency administrator is confident investors can still be found, the remaining employees have received notice of...


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Q-Cells' creditors agree to defer bond payments

Q-Cells HQ building in Germany

Germany-based Q-Cells has been able to defer its convertible bonds – originally due today – until the end of April. The photovoltaic company adds that it will carry on with its financial restructuring plan.


Solar Frontier claims 17.8% aperture efficiency

A Solar Frontier module is inspected.

In what it claims is a world record, Japanese CIGS manufacturer Solar Frontier today announced that it has achieved an aperture are efficiency of 17.8 percent, on a 30cm by 30cm submodule. The record was achieved at the company’s...


Greece: More details emerge for 10 GW Project Helios

Greek flag

During a conference held in Brussels last week, George Papaconstantinou, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, unveiled Greece’s plans for the massive 10 gigawatt (GW) photovoltaic project.


SMA opens Japanese sales subsidiary

Pierre-Pascal Urbon

SMA Solar Technology AG has officially opened its new photovoltaic sales and service subsidiary in Japan’s Tokyo. While the small system market will be focused on initially, the German manufacturer will offer inverters to larger...


BP Solar no more

The BP Solar sign.

Solar-industry pioneer BP-Solar has halted all of its solar operations, while continuing to pursue other renewable-energy technologies such as wind and biofuels. The decision to abandon its solar efforts was made in December...


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