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Production “massively” scaled back at Solibro

Solibro produciton.

Reports are coming in that German CIGS producer Solibro, a Hanergy acquisition, has massively decreased production. The 270 employees at Solibro’s manufacturing plant in eastern Germany are now working shortened hours and reports...

SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Neo Solar Power buys 30% stake in Phanes Group

The Taiwanese PV cell maker has expanded its downstream activities by buying a stake in Emirati/Swiss project developer Phanes Group.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Big horizons, big announcements and big hitters: it's been another BIG week for solar.

The PV heavyweights are back in the headlines this week with the news that China and the U.S. have agreed a climate deal, SolarCity has tightened its grip on residential solar, and Hanergy's woes continue.

Cloaking technology refracts light around metallization fingers

German researchers have applied the approach used by invisibility cloak research to direct sunlight around busbars and metallization fingers to potentially increase PV cell and module efficiency. The research was carried out by a...

SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

TSEC to increase Taiwan solar production capacity to 1.6 GW

Taiwanese solar park.

Taiwan Solar Energy Corp. will boost its cell and module capacity from 800 MW to between 1.5-1.6 GW by 2017 as the company looks to meet rising demand.

UK: 27,000 solar jobs could go if FIT cut proposals are enacted

Solar installation, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association of employment data released by TBR Economic Research reveals that the vast majority of the 35,000 jobs the solar sector support could be at risk if FITs are cut.

Jordan receives $250 million loan from World Bank to boost renewables

Solar installation, Jordan.

The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan facility to support Jordan's transition to renewable energy and the more efficient use of water resources. The loan is specifically expected boost residential solar PV installations...

Oxford PV raises further GBP4.4 million for perovskite commercialization

Oxford PV

The UK's Oxford PV has raised a further GBP4.4 million (US$6.6 million) in a "top-up" Round B, to continue with its work in commercialization perovskite technology. Drawing on both new and existing investors, Oxford has now...

UK: Solar spending cuts amount to 98% reduction in support, STA calculates

Solar park, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association finds that the U.K. government's proposed cuts will see the rate of solar support fall from 70 million pounds a year to just two million.

Scotland looks to the sun as England, Wales turn their backs

Scottish coastline.

Scottish government confirms small-scale solar farms smaller than 5 MW will continue to be eligible for the ROC; Edinburgh launches ambitious community solar scheme.

India: PM Modi calls on states for proactive solar push

Modi at a Welspun solar development.

Indian Prime Minister sends pro-solar tweet hours after urging the country's state leaders to ensure solar power projects are implemented as soon as possible; foreign bidders at auction draw criticism.

SMA surpasses 1 GW inverter milestone in Japan

SMA solar inverter production.

The German inverter manufacturer becomes the first non-Japanese supplier to reach this milestone. Local presence in market since 2011 has delivered constant growth drivers.

Joint Sunpower/First Solar yieldco reports solid quarterly results

In its first quarterly results since becoming a public company, 8point3 reported strong results, in contrast to the poor stock performance for yieldcos across the board.

Yingli proposes restructuring of payment on US$157 million in bonds

Yingli is selling land to make payments on bonds due in early October, and is in negotiation with creditors. This restructuring is the latest indication of poor financial health at the company.

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