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Natcore research may cut cell production costs by using copper

Prof. Andrew Barron, Natcore co-founder

By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.


From zero to hero: UK PV market resurges at Ecobuild 2014

Renusol mounting system, Ecobuild.

Solar farm investments and a rebound in rooftop residential demand have led to the U.K. becoming the most important solar PV market in Europe, according to exhibitors at this year's Ecobuild show, London.


Indosolar seeks second round of debt restructuring

Solar PV plant, India.

India's largest solar cell manufacturer blames low cell prices for continued idling of one of its manufacturing plants.


Anticipation building for inaugural AfricaPVSEC show

Durban beach, South Africa.

The exhibition will be the first PVSEC event on African soil, reflecting the industry's growing presence on the continent.


22 MW Philippines solar park spurring local PV market

San Carlos City PV plant, Philippines.

Construction work at the largest solar park in the Philippines is making good progress, with a nationwide ripple effect expected.


Canadian Solar receives C$48 million financing

Ontario, Canada.

Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company provides funding for solar company's Val Caron PV project in Ontario.


SolarWorld AG revenues fall 25% in 2013

SolarWorld installation in Berlin, Germany.

Module shipments were down as business in Germany suffered, but increases in U.S., Japan and South Africa lift gloom.


ReneSola modules power 11.7 MW Italy PV plant

ReneSola HQ, China.

The solar company's high-efficiency modules have been chosen for Italy's Ferrara Aranova PV project.


Chaori Solar debt warning raises prospect of first onshore China default

China flag.

The Shanghai-based solar cell maker has said it may not meet a $14.6 million interest payment in what would be the first onshore default for China's PV industry.


Modest solar growth forecast for Asia-Pacific region by 2015

PV installation, Taiwan.

Research from GlobalData predicts steady growth for the APAC PV module market of around 7.9% over the coming 12 months.


Canadian Solar back into profit

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu.

Positive figures reveal refocus onto downstream business slipped back for Chinese solar company. But Canadian Solar releases a positive outlook for 2014, including for its 'total solutions' business.


US posts record year for solar in 2013

A Solar City rooftop installation.

GTM Research and the SEIA predict a further 6 GW of installations in 2014. But GlobalData sounds warning note over importance of support mechanisms as Obama prepares to withdraw ITC.


SEIA calls for investment tax credit rethink

Rhone Resch.

The U.S. solar industry fears plans to end the ITC could decimate the industry. Rhone Resch has called upon president Obama to rethink his solar tax credit plans.


Japan adds 4.58 GW of PV in eight months, FIT cuts of 10% mooted

Japanese rooftop PV installation.

As METI reveals the country installed record levels of PV capacity last year, speculation grows of an impending cut in Japan's FIT.


PV market to become supply-driven in 2014, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz Supply-Demand market share.

With solar PV costs and prices falling dramatically, a more balanced supply-demand picture awaits the PV market this year, predict the solar analysts.


Trina Solar enjoys positive 2013 despite Q4 slowdown

Jifan Gao, CEO, Trina Solar

Decreases in revenue, margin and shipments between Q3 and Q4 fail to deflate a strong 12 months for the solar giant.


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