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Salmon-scented solar panels set for UK rooftop trial

Cat on a fence.

UPDATE: Apologies to anyone who now wants a salmon-scented solar panel. It was an April Fool's joke - check out our cats "Lirpa" and "Lofo."

Sunny days ahead for module suppliers

Global solar module pricing stabilized in the first quarter of 2013 and some suppliers may even return to profitability this year, according to market research group IHS.

Intersolar North America: awards honor social and student housing

Intersolar North America Awards winners 2013

The Intersolar North America Awards, which took place on Tuesday, the first day of the three-day trade show, recognized landmark photovoltaic projects and production technologies.

Intersolar North America: new products from a smaller show

Intersolar North America 2013

The first day of the Intersolar North America trade show wrapped up on Tuesday at the Moscone Center in the city of San Francisco. While the number of exhibitors is down considerably on previous years, they nevertheless unveiled...

Intersolar North America kicks off on a rousing note

California Gov. Jerry Brown, Intersolar NA 2013

The North American chapter of the Intersolar trade show opened its doors on Tuesday with a stirring speech by California Governor Jerry Brown, a major solar supporter who said that there was still a great deal to do to boost...

Berlin, Beijing resolve polysilicon dispute

Philipp Rösler and Gao Hucheng

In a conciliatory sign towards Germany that is sure not to be lost on EU trade minister Karel De Gucht, China has rejected punitive tariffs on European polysilicon imports.

First A credit rating for an Indian solar plant

Astonfield solar park in Gujarat.

Rajasthan project receives A rating by CRISIL, a division of S&P's McGraw Hill Corp.

VC funding fluctuates but downstream and third party continue popularity

MidAmerican Energy Building in Davenport, Iowa.

Downstream activity secured $128 million of the $189 million of VC funding raised for solar from April to June as third party solar companies raked in $1.33 billion.

Conergy: operations to continue through insolvency

Conergy HQ

Four days after filing for insolvency in Hamburg, German solar group Conergy AG said operations at its subsidiaries would continue unchanged. While the company has halted work in Frankfurt an der Oder, it expects production to...

Canadian Solar and Strata add 18 MW in North Carolina

Canadian Solar panels.

Canadian Solar and Strata have finished four projects totaling 24.4 MW that are part of a 15-project, 85 MW portfolio in the state. The latest installations will use more than 60,000 Canadian Solar panels.

Cuba to aid Jamaica on PV module production

Jamaica Seven Miles Beach

Jamaica is partnering with Cuba on its plans to start a solar module production facility on the Caribbean nation.

Dii refutes Desertec claims

Desertec Foundation map.

Dii comms chief claims Desertec Foundation's complaint about poor communications is ironic. Spokesman claims his organization read of the foundation's decision to part company with the consortium via Frankfurter Allgemeine...

Gehrlicher Solar sunk by termination of $110 million bank loan

Gehrlicher HQ Dornach

German photovoltaic group Gehrlicher Solar AG said on Tuesday that its decision to file for insolvency on Friday was prompted by the termination of a $109.5 million loan by a banking consortium. The company added that its...

Phoenix Solar, Silicon Ranch partner on 38.6 MW project in Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch Corporation have joined forces to build a 38.6 MW solar plant in the U.S. state of Georgia. Georgia Power will buy the generated electricity under a 20-year PPA deal.

Greece is the word for Chinese manufacturers

Port of Piraeus, Greece

Chinese solar PV manufacturers are eyeing a possible move to Greece in an effort to mitigate the impact of EU anti-dumping tariffs. Chinese operations at the Port of Piraeus in Athens could help.

Indian state of Gujarat may cut solar feed-in tariff

Canal PV plant in Kadi, Gujarat

Gujarat's utility company is recommending a reduction in the tariff rate it pays for solar power from the current price of US$0.21 a kilowatt hour to about US$0.15.

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