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Capital Stage AG hit 53.6% profit in 2013

Hamburg docks.

Positive financial year underlined by expansion into French market and revenue increase of Eur 57 million ($78.5 million).

North Carolina researchers improve stacked solar cell connections

Solar panels

The breakthrough will allow solar cell manufacturers to create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing voltage at the connecting junctions, potentially improving conversion efficiency.

Gujarat prepares new solar rooftop policy

A solar park in Gujarat.

State is aiming to encourage 40 MW of rooftop systems, split between residential and non residential systems. Any surplus energy generated by non residential systems would not be eligible for FIT payments.

Hawaiian utility facing increasing costs due to solar boom

Hawaii solar PV panels

The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) is passing on increasing costs to solar power users in the state as it grapples with a major surge in residential PV power generation.

Brunei poised to roll out feed-in tariffs

Minister of Energy for the oil-rich southeast Asian state announces plans to introduce a feed-in tariff (FIT) policy over the next 18 months.

Investment group plans £200 million UK solar investment

A U.K. solar farm.

The Foresight Solar Fund would finance eight U.K. ground mount plants with the profits from a planned London IPO. A partner for the fund says solar offers a more attractive investment in the UK than wind.

UK firm to develop 600 MW Zimbabwean plants


The Thompson Cole Consortium will reportedly develop eight farms in rural locations across Zimbabwe. The chairman of local developer Twalumba Holdings says he is eager to work with the relevant departments of Robert Mugabe's...

Brazilian PV developers pitch for 2.7 GW

Rio de Janeiro.

The first federal energy auction to feature solar in Brazil has prompted applications for 2.7 GW of projects. Some 1.75 GW of the applications are for projects in Bahia state.

US-based solar franchise Solar Universe acquires GEN110

Solar Universe positions itself at the forefront of the U.S. solar industry with acquisition of GEN110 as part of its ongoing expansion.

Plans for 12 Russian PV plants still at negotiation stage

The Urals.

An Avelar Energy representative told pv magazine, plans for PV plants in three Russian regions are still at the planning stage. An Interfax report says the plants will total 120 MW of solar.

SolarWorld lodges two trade-case appeals to Court of International Trade in New York

SolarWorld Industries America Inc. submits two appeals against U.S. Department of Commerce findings they claim weakened their position in countering Chinese "illegal trade aggression."

OPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program Rules

Ontario Power Authority (OPA) publishes FIT 3 draft of proposed update to FIT 2.1 Program Rules, intended to reflect the policy decisions of the Minister of Energy in time for the next FIT application period.

EU protectionism report steers clear of indicting Chinese manufacturers

The flags of the EU and China.

Any mention of Chinese state subsidies for solar manufacturers is conspicuous by its absence in the 190-page report. Move to foster 'new energy' industry from 2011 onwards is the closest report comes to criticism.

Greek PV warns against job losses

Solar Greek. It's pretty.

Yesterday the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO) sent an open letter to the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warning him one third of the solar sector jobs have been lost in 2013 and asking him to take...

SolFocus no more

A GreenVolts array.

Greentech Media's (GTM) Eric Wesoff has reported that CPV developer SolFocus has wound up operations. As Wesoff writes: "The company's website, phone line, and twitter feed are dead."

China’s PV dominance driven by production scale, not lower labor costs, study finds

Joint US study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests Chinese PV advantage could be replicated globally with further innovation.

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