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LDK Solar delisted from New York Stock Exchange

LDK Solar HQ, China.

Having warned last week that the Chinese solar company's status was under review, the NYSE yesterday determined that LDK was no longer suitable for listing.

First Solar acquires GE thin film technology unit

First Solar Perrysburg, OH

First Solar has gained major ground in thin film technology development following its deal with GE and also acquired a pipeline of solar projects in the U.S. and Mexico from Element Power despite a drop in second-quarter revenue.

SolarWorld noteholders endorse plans again

SolarWorld Freiburg facility.

The beleaguered German company's remaining noteholders today backed restructuring plans which now have to win approval at tomorrow's extraordinary shareholders' meeting.

Cobalt replacements improve solar cell sustainability

Scientists in Switzerland have taken a major step in improving the stability of dye-sensitized solar cells by replacing iodine-based electron transport systems with cobalt, which better protects cells from long-term degradation.

Goldpoly company acquires 300 MW


Goldpoly subsidiary China Solar Power Group has acquired a further 300 MW of solar projects as part of its 2 GW acquisition deal with developer Zhongli Talesun Solar.

JA Solar secures $90 million credit line as EC subsidy deadline approaches

A JA Solar factory.

Chinese solar giant JA Solar has secured $90 million credit line from the Bank of Communications of China. The state-backed loan, aimed at encouraging solar, was offered two days ahead of the EU anti-subsidy decision.

CNPV, Donauer team up on 1.1 MWp project in Namibia

Namibia desert

Donauer won the Namibia Breweries bid thanks to its D:Hybrid system concept. Photovoltaic manufacturer CNPV will supply the project with its CNPV-250P polycrystalline modules.

Meyer Burger: new orders, big losses

Meyer Burger.

The Swiss solar production equipment company has signed two big contracts with Asian clients and says there are signs of hope for the industry despite reporting its latest multi-million losses.

Canadian Solar's 49 MW projects sale

Chesterville, Ontario.

Shares in the Chinese module manufacturer soared as a $280 million sale of five solar projects in Ontario was cited as proof of the successful focus on downstream operations.

Asian rivals might undercut Chinese in the EU

Karel de Gucht.

IHS predicts solar manufacturers in Taiwan and Korea will soon be able to offer solar products in Europe below the minimum price negotiated for Chinese products last week.

EU journal spotlights trade case

EC building

The EC has published details on the negotiated minimum import price it approved on Friday that settled the trade dispute over Chinese modules and cells, but several questions remain unanswered.

Noteholders back SolarWorld restructuring

SolarWorld factory.

SolarWorld's planned debt to equity swap was waved through by creditors on Monday. A second group of noteholders vote on Tuesday ahead of an extraordinary shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.

Rooftop solar power in Brazil to reach 1.4 GW by 2022

Brazil 1 MW PV plant

The falling price of solar modules may lead to an increase in rooftop photovoltaic installations in Brazil, which is initially targeting 1.4 GW of solar by 2022.

Marubeni, Mainstream sign EUR 100 million investment deal

Mainstream CEO Eddie O'Connor

Japan's Marubeni is set to acquire a 25% share in Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power following the EUR 100 million investment. If approved by shareholders, the deal would accelerate Mainstream's key global projects.

German PV developer derides EU-China deal

Gehrlicher Solar HQ.

The chief operating officer of Gehrlicher Solar says the EU-China agreement "is of no use to anyone" but nevertheless welcomes an end to the dispute-related uncertainty.

China-EU solar imports, to cap or not to cap?

Yingli manufacturing.

The publication of the EU acceptance of Chinese undertakings on minimum prices for solar products was predictably light on detail. The list of participating manufacturers in the trade agreement is more or less comprehensive.

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