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Ukraine turmoil leaves outlook 'cloudy'


The repercussions to the solar PV industry from Russia's annexation of Crimea will be felt from 21 March, according to an industry source speaking to pv magazine. This revelation comes as analysts IHS call the country's PV...

LDK Solar increases sales, reduces loss in Q2

LDK Solar

China's LDK Solar managed to improve revenue and narrow its hefty loss in what its CEO says is an improving market environment. However, the group remains straddled by billions of debt.

JFE begins construction on 21.7 MW PV plant in Japan

Kushiro City, Hokkaido, Japan

JFE Engineering has begun work on a 21.7 MW plant in Japan’s Hokkaido Prefecture. The project is one of five solar plants being financed by Sparx Group with a combined capacity of 38.1 MW and cost of nearly $150 million.

Solon taps industry vets

The Arizona subsidiary of Berlin-based Solon has beefed up its management with former SunPower and PsomasFMG directors to oversee project finance and procurement and acquisitions.

PV projects buoy Shikun & Binui's Q2 results

Israel, Ashalim

Construction of photovoltaic projects boosted the Israeli group's revenue in the second quarter. The renewable energy division was one of Shikun & Binui's strongest growing corporate segments.

EIB provides $230 million for renewable energy in Central America

Guanacaste province, Costa Rica

The European Investment Bank has unveiled a funding program to support investment in renewable energy in six Central American countries. Costa Rica's ICE has already begun commercial and off-grid PV programs.

India: Andhra Pradesh introduces net metering for rooftop plants

Andhra Pradesh government, Hyderbad town hall

PV capacity continues to grow in India. The state of Andhra Pradesh has unveiled a net metering incentive program for both grid-connected and off-grid installations. Across the country, PV capacity grew by nearly 80 MW in July.

Switzerland plans radical solar subsidy cuts

The Swiss Solar Energy Professional Association (Swissolar) calls the government's plans for PV "catastrophic". Feed-in tariffs, payment duration and the separate category for integrated PV systems are on the chopping block....

'Smart' solar market to grow to $15 billion by 2018

A smart grid.

The rapid growth of intelligent power systems for solar systems has been predicted in a new study from MarketsandMarkets. The report forecasts that the industry segment will grow from $6.51 billion in 2013 to over $15 billion in...

First Solar, Sharp defend turf against China's global PV domination

NPD Solarbuzz graph

While First Solar remains the leading PV module supplier in the U.S. and India and Sharp in Japan, Chinese rivals, benefitting from the wave of insolvencies in the West, have dominated the rest of the globe over the past year.

M+W Americas acquires Gehrlicher Solar America

M+P Group HQ, Stuttgart, Germany

The acquisition of Gehrlicher Solar America creates a "one-stop shop" for clients seeking project design, procurement, installation and operation, says M+W Americas CEO Rick Whitney.

Record quarterly shipment numbers for Trina Solar

Chinese module manufacturer Trina Solar reported a 64.6% increase in second-quarter module shipments compared to the first quarter while nearly halving its net loss.

US industry sees EU-China settlement in mixed light

Industry representatives in the U.S. are divided over the recent EU-China trade dispute settlement and remain unsatisfied with anti-dumping measures against Chinese imports. The PV sector nevertheless continues to grow.

Spain's T-Solar signs $67.6 million loan deal for 20 MW California solar park

The U.S.-Mexican North American Development Bank has so far financed eight utility-scale projects in California, Arizona and Texas. Its latest endeavor, a 20 MW park with T-Solar, will serve residents in California and Mexico.

Mitsubishi goes PV shopping in France

Toul Rosieres solar park, France

The Japanese corporation is increasing its solar holdings in France with stakes in two utility-sized solar farms, again partnering with Paris-based renewable energy group EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Commentary: A Lesson in Opacity

The manner in which the EU and China negotiated the compromise in the trade dispute and the way it continues to be communicated is a lesson in opacity. The companies and the public have been left in the dark about crucial details...

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