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SMA posts increasing half-year losses, expects upturn in H2

Pierre-Pascal Urbon, SMA's CEO.

The German inverter manufacturer blamed weak demand in Europe for growing first-half losses but expects international demand to drive a dynamic second half in 2014.

No new anti-subsidy action on Chinese solar products

Karel de Gucht.

As expected, the EU has effectively announced the summer trade deal will be used as a panacea for its subsidy and dumping investigations. EU manufacturers are sure to be disappointed by the announcement.

California cities re-introducing clean energy incentive

Yingli system, home, Antioch, California

San Francisco is set to re-start the Property Assessed Clean Energy program to assist homeowners finance solar installations. Despite opposition by the federal government, the scheme is gaining steam.

UK renewable energy industry calls for government support

PV and other renewables lobbyists have called on UK chancellor George Osborne to dismiss the political uncertainty surrounding the industry. But Osborne has a track record in promoting his favored "dash for gas."

Deals 'imminent' for Conergy units


Chinese module manufacturer Astroenergy will acquire Conergy's Frankfurt module business. The identity of the buyer for the Rangsdorf-based Mounting Systems business has not been revealed.

Trina Solar announces joint venture with Yabang Group

Trina Solar module.

The Chinese PV giants have invested $45 million in Yabang Group's subsidiary, Changzhou NESL Solartech Co., and hope to reach 500 MW production capacity within 12 months.

Asia PV materials market boosted by rapid shift in production dynamics, finds Frost & Sullivan

Modules in Vietnam.

Regional appetite for solar power and growing awareness of environmental issues has prompted Asian governments to support the materials industry, which is now worth $1.94 billion, the analysts report.

juwi to build 86 MW PV plant in South Africa

Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

The installation will become the biggest single solar project in the company's history, and will be located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.

GCL-Poly reacts to Beijing ETS


The Chinese capital introduced an emissions trading scheme on Thursday and plans are afoot for the world's second biggest scheme, in Guangdong province. GCL-Poly has yet to assess the impact on its operations.

VW builds car industry's largest solar installation in Spain

Seat al Sol project, Spain.

VW-owned SEAT has completed the installation of 53,000 solar panels on a rooftop array at its Martorell factory in Spain.

Critics blast German coalition plans to limit RE expansion

Germany's Schwarze Pumpe power plant, Spremberg, Brandenburg

Germany's new coalition government plans to cap the country's renewable energy target. Renewable energy and environmental groups are condemning the decision, arguing it would turn the country's energy transition on its head.

Dow Corning snaps up Mitsubishi's Hemlock polysilicon stake

The Dow Corning HQ in Belgium.

The manufacturer of silicon-based products will buy the stake, which comprises two solar polysilicon ventures, for $240 million.

Citizen-led coalition calling for 3 GW of solar power by 2030 in US state of Colorado

Colorado Namaste Solar CEO demonstrating an installation.

The coalition of more than 11,000 citizens and 280 businesses is calling on Colorado state officials to ramp up rooftop solar installations, with a target of 1 million solar roofs by 2030.

US: NREL data book reveals 83% PV capacity increase in 2012

Solar rooftop installation in the U.S.

The recently released Renewable Energy Data Book details how the industry grew in 2012, revealing a particularly strong showing for solar.

Jun Yang to invest in Lightway, 680 MW of planned PV projects

Lightway Solar in China.

The Hong Kong-based solar power investment company plans to develop 400 MW PV power generation projects in China over the next three years.

Hanergy targets Greece

Athens, Attica region, Greece

The Chinese thin film powerhouse, owner of U.S. firms MiaSole and Global Solar Energy, Engensa in the U.K. and Germany's Solibro, plans to invest $2 billion to develop 1 GW of RE projects in Greece.

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