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UK should offer more clean energy incentives, says Committee on Climate Change

Solar PV park, England.

First mandatory report from the Committee says that "urgent action" is required in the new Parliament if the U.K. is to keep its emissions reductions on track.

China retaliates, finds US in violation of free-trade rules

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According to Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Commerce has identified five U.S. states which have violated free-trade rules. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the trade case looks likely to move to Europe.

MiaSole hits 15.5 percent efficiency with flexible CIGS module

MiaSole thin film solar photovoltaic plant

MiaSole has reached a new copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaic module efficiency. The results have been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Samil Power takes on 2.6 GW PV project in China

China Qinghai province 20MW solar photovoltaic plant

Inverter manufacturer and project developer, Samil Power Co. Ltd has signed an agreement worth US$4.8 billion, under which it will install a total of 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic plants.

Odersun likely to permanently close

Odersun building

Hopes that Germany-based Odersun AG will be saved are fading fast. Unless an investor is found by the end of the month, the company will be forced to shut down and its employees let go.

Australia: SilexSolar closes manufacturing operations

In a sign of continued consolidation, Australian photovoltaic module manufacturer SilexSolar announced today that it will permanently close its manufacturing operations. The move will cost around AUD10 million (US$9.77 million).

China's PV manufacturers launch new alliance in response to trade case ruling


CEOs from China’s four largest photovoltaic manufacturers were gathered today, May 24, at a press conference in Shanghai, China, to launch the Solar Energy Promotion Alliance and comment on the latest U.S. Department of Commerce...

UK FIT cuts to take effect from August

For a second time this year, the U.K. government has revealed a new photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, aimed at establishing a more "predictable, certain and sustainable" industry. Under the changes, a new 16 pence (p) FIT...

France: Total and SunPower commission 44 MWp module plant

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Oil giant Total, and its affiliate, U.S.-based SunPower have commissioned a new photovoltaic module factory in eastern France.

Q.Cells and CCC realize PV plant in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi desert

Germany-based Q.Cells SE and Greek Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) have realized a 368 kilowatt peak (kWp) off-grid rooftop photovoltaic system in the desert in Abu Dhabi. It is said to be the first project of its kind in...

PV profitability could be achieved by raising prices just 1 percent

General photovoltaic module picture First Solar thin film

Price is crucial and will remain the most important driver, according to a new study. Raising prices for photovoltaic modules by one or two percent would see a return to profitability for some of the major solar players, and is...

CIS/CIGS: Diversity delivers opportunities and challenges

Solar Frontier modules on a roof.

A new report into the CIS/CIGS photovoltaic manufacturing market, by market and technology analysts Yole Développement, has concluded that while a number of small copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) manufacturers are likely...

Germany: Agreement on solar cap before summer break

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that she seeks to reach an agreement with the state governments on further reductions in solar subsidies before the summer break in Germany.

Malaysia considers adjusting FIT due to volume of solar

Malaysia solar photovoltaic installation

Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) has told the Malaysian Reserve that it is considering adjusting the country’s renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT), due to an "imbalance in the RE resource mix".

Suntech sees big Q1 losses; also affected by trade case

Suntech Wuxi China HQ

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd has seen significant first quarter (Q1) 2012 financial losses. As with Trina Solar, the company’s gross profit and gross margin have been affected by a provision for preliminary U.S. countervailing...

Trina’s Q1 financials affected by US-China trade case

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Trina Solar’s first quarter (Q1) 2012 financials have been curtailed, due to provisions made for potential countervailing and anti-dumping duties. The company also missed its shipment and gross margin guidance. Despite this, it...

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