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Solar panels add premium to home value, study finds

Sunrun residential installation

The Berkely Lab report found that PV systems have increased the value of homes significantly in eight U.S. states over a 15-year period.


Hanwha also posts significant financial losses

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic modules in a warehouse

Another victim of the depressed market conditions, Hanwha SolarOne has seen third quarter (Q3) 2011 losses, leading to full year module shipment guidance reductions. Like many, the company believes the financial woes will...


Suntech positive despite Q3 declines

Suntech HQ building with flags

Suntech, affected by the depreciation of the euro, has posted third quarter (Q3) 2011 declines across the board. The company believes the current market troubles will continue into the first half of 2012. However, by mid-year, it...


Solar lobby rallies against sudden FIT changes

Four people stand behind a banner.

In the latest move in its campaign against the government’s halving of its feed-in tariff (FIT), the UK Solar Future campaign rallied today at the Houses of Parliament.


China's Trina also sees big Q3 losses

Trina Solar screenshot

It seems there is no escape from the third quarter (Q3) woes this year. Trina is the next solar company to post weak financial figures on the back of the "challenging" market conditions. Questions also remain over new technology...


Activ Solar adds further 20 MW to Perovo solar project

Phase III of Activ Solar's photvoltaic Perovo park

Activ Solar has completed another 20 megawatt (MW) phase of its second Ukrainian solar park, just two and a half weeks after its last 20 MW announcement.


LDK Solar posts second consecutive quarterly loss

The LDK Solar factory.

Vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer LDK Solar has announced its third quarter (Q3) results for 2011, revealing a USD$17 million loss.


JinkoSolar endures rough Q3

JinkoSolar screenshot

As one of the few solar companies to post positive second quarter (Q2) 2011 financial figures, Q3 must have come as quite a shock for JinkoSolar, which experienced significant declines.


Germany: FDP looking to cap PV market at one GW

Conergy Tarp solar photovoltaic park in Germany

The German Liberal Party (FDP) leader is looking to place a one gigawatt (GW) cap on solar subsidies. Federal Minister for the Environment Röttgen has swiftly rejected the demand, however. He has also said he wishes to preserve...


China: GCL-Poly and CGN to work on one GW solar project

Datong City, China at sunset

GCL-Poly Limited and CGN Solar Energy Development Co. Ltd. have entered into a cooperative framework agreement under which a one gigawatt (GW) solar project is expected to be realized.


Diversification and integration keys to surviving solar shakeout

Solar photovoltaic installation on a remote island with very blue sky

In a new solar study, Bank Sarasin has named the five companies most likely to survive the current market shakeout, and identified those which are set to fail. International diversification and vertical integration are the...


Forum Solarpraxis: More foreign investment and lobbying needed

12 Forum Solarpraxis audience shot

After an opening day that seemed somewhat overly focused on the German market, the second day provided a whistle-stop, round-the-world tour encompassing both prominent and emerging markets from Europe and beyond. The key issues...


US market predicted to fall short

A graph showing installed capacity in the US.

If module manufacturers and photovoltaic equipment suppliers were looking to the U.S. for markets to compensate for weak European demand, they may be set to be disappointed, a new report has warned.


Taking the temperature at the Forum Solarpraxis: day one

A picture of a conference crowd laughing.

The 12th Forum Solarpraxis kicked off on Thursday, designed to unite the movers and shakers of the industry in Berlin to discuss the issues currently facing the PV industry. Yet the clash between the pre-organised themes for the...


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Morocco: World Bank support's solar plans

The World Bank has approved a U.S.$297 million loan to Morocco to aid in the financing of the Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Plant Project. This will be one of the first large-scale plants of its kind in North Africa.


EuPD Research: IEA’s PV forecast "too low"

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The latest report on the world's electricity future from the International Energy Agency (IEA), delivered late last week, forecasts a conservative outlook for the development of photovoltaics until 2035. EuPD Research says that...


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