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ib vogt completes 132.4 MW of solar in UK

ib vogt and vogt solar's 6.2 MW Langunnett solar farm in Cornwall

The German company and its British subsidiary connected eight solar farms in the United Kingdom in the first three months of the year and prior to the 1.4 ROC deadline.

SMA opens Japanese sales subsidiary

Pierre-Pascal Urbon

SMA Solar Technology AG has officially opened its new photovoltaic sales and service subsidiary in Japan’s Tokyo. While the small system market will be focused on initially, the German manufacturer will offer inverters to larger...

4 of top 5 PV module manufacturers are China-based

Suntech solar photovoltaic module

According to IMS Research’s latest quarterly report, four of the top five photovoltaic module manufacturers are based in China, thus underlining the country’s increasing dominance on the global solar scene.

Singulus plans to finance larger solar projects

Singulus HQ building

Over the weekend, German company Singulus Technologies announced that it will issue a corporate bond with a volume of up to €60 million. The proceeds of the bond issue will finance larger solar projects.

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Solyndra CIGs facility on the market

Solyndra CIGs facility in California

Solyndra’s failed CIGs factory is up for sale. Jones Lang LaSalle has been engaged to market the building, located in Fremont, California.

Italy’s MX Group selected as contractor for 1 GW Serbian solar farm

Serbia countryside

Italian photovoltaic panel manufacturer, MX Group has been awarded the exclusive EPC contract for the design and construction of a one gigawatt (GW) solar farm that will extend over an area of 3,000 acres in Serbia.

EPCs to be most affected by Germany’s new PV FIT scheme

Protest in Berlin

Both industry and politicians alike have reacted with outrage at Germany’s new FIT plans. According to one analyst, EPC players will be the hardest hit. However, there is still time for changes. The question is, will they be for...

SolarWorld suffers falling 2011 EBIT

Frank Asbeck

SolarWorld has once again has managed to exceed the €1 bilion revenue mark. Despite this, the company recorded massive EBIT losses in 2011.

Solar shares in freefall

After the recent announcement of the radical changes to the feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Germany, solar stocks are showing a stark downward trend.

Sunways recommends accepting LDK takeover offer

LDK Solar branding

Both the management board and the supervisory board of Germany-based Sunways AG have deemed the offered price of €1.90 per share by LDK Solar as "adequate".

Trina plans expansion despite hard hit 2011 financials

Trina Solar screenshot

Trina Solar Limited experienced a rough 2011, with gross profits and operating income particularly hard hit. Despite this, module shipments were on the up and sales outside of Europe exceeded 50 percent for the first time....

PV tracker system revival to boost BoS revenue growth

IMS Research photovoltaic BoS 2012 graph

New research has found that although balance of systems (BoS) revenues are forecast to fall in 2012 due to price erosion, they will increase over the next four years to hit US$24 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, tracking systems are...

Germany unveils radical new FIT strategy

Norbet Röttgen

As was reported yesterday, Germany’s politicians have made some serious changes to the country’s pioneering feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. Specifically, a one-off cut will be applied in March, monthly tariff reductions will begin...

Samsung and HHI deny solar exit rumors

Hyundai solar power factory in Eumseong

Various media sources have reported that Korean electronics giants, Samsung and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are looking to significantly scale-back their solar businesses. However, according to the companies, the rumors are...

Germany plans PV cuts of over 30 percent


According to initial media reports, Germany’s politicians want to implement sharp cuts, earlier than scheduled, to its photovoltaic subsidies. Furthermore, the guaranteed tariff should be limited at 90 percent. The ministers...

Yingli expects 30 percent Q4 module decrease

Yingli Green Energy Fine Silicon Building, China

Having preannounced its fourth quarter (Q4) 2011 financial results, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has said it expects photovoltaic module shipments to sequentially decline by 30 percent. Meanwhile, its gross margin...

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