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SMA reduces 2014 guidance for second time, will increase layoffs


SMA has significantly reduced its sales guidance for 2014. In its new guidance, the German inverter supplier expects sales between EUR 775 million and EUR 790 million, down from EUR 850 million and EUR 950 million. "Significantly...

Gehrlicher sells 1.9 MWp solar rooftop system

Gehrlicher Solar's 1.9 MW PV system on Audi's rooftop in Germany

Gehrlicher Solar AG has sold a 1.9 megawatt peak (MWp) solar system to PT Erneuerbare Energien GmbH for €4.65 million.

Power-One opens 1 GW North American facility


Power-One, Inc. has opened its North American manufacturing facility in Phoenix. Up to 350 people are expected to be employed.

US: Louisiana PUC orders limited FIT

Welcome to Louisiana road sign

The Louisiana Public Utility Commission (PUC) has ordered utilities in the U.S. state to implement an undifferentiated feed-in tariff (FIT) for a limited contract term of five years. This will make it nearly impossible to finance...

Recurrent Energy steps up its Ontario game

Celestica HQ, Toronto

Celestica is to manufacture 180 megawatts worth of photovoltaic (PV) modules for Recurrent Energy, which is looking to install 19 solar power plants in Ontario.

Austria sets 2011 PV tariffs

Fronius rooftop PV in Austria

Austria's photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariffs will remain at their current levels for 2011.

Abantia completes 5 Italian PV plants

Map of Italy's Abruzzo region

Spanish group Abantia has begun operations on five photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy.

Enel to build 9 MW Italian PV plant

A view of Adrano, Italy

Enel Green Power has said it will build a nine megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) power plant in Adrano, Italy.

SolarMarkt connects 4 solar projects to Czech grid

SolarMarkt's 200 kW rooftop solar installation in Panská Lícha, Czech Republic

Germany-based SolarMarkt AG connected four solar projects worth a total of 5.7 megawatts (MWs) to the Czech Republic grid at the end of last year.

meeco Group to install 50 MWs in India

mecco Group branding at trade fair

The meeco Group has announced its plans to install photovoltaic (PV) parks worth up to 50 megawatts peak (MWp) in India over the next three years.

Spain: Solar constituted 3 percent of 2010 electricity generation

Spain solar house

Spanish electricity company Red Electrica reports that Spain generated nearly three percent of its electricity from solar energy in 2010.

Germany’s SRU wants to cap PV market; reports say no plans in place

SRU member Olav Hohmeyer, professor at the University of Flensburg

Germany’s SRU scientists have recommended that the country’s photovoltaics (PV) subsidies be fundamentally changed. They also demand that new installations be capped at a maximum of 1,000 megawatts (MWs).

A slight hope in Spain

SunEdison Spain PV installation

Spain’s Congress has passed the law which intents to cut the number of full load hours for existing photovoltaics (PV) installations reactively. Now the Senate may achieve some “palliative” corrections.

Aide Solar begins 2 GW production expansion

Aide Solar branding

Aide Solar has broken ground on the expansion of its poly- and mono-crystalline solar cell and photovoltaics (PV) module production factory in Xuzhou, China.

Ikea goes solar

PV installation atop a German Ikea store

REC has installed photovoltaics (PV) systems on two of Ikea's German stores. A further three stores in the U.S. are set to receive PV.

Canadian government investing CAD$3.9 million in solar

The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport)

The city of Colwood in British Columbia, Canada is to implement a community-scale solar project following a CAD$3.9 million investment from the country’s Clean Energy Fund.

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