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Richard Branson urges business leaders to work towards a world powered by the sun

Richard Branson.

The British tycoon has addressed a UN gathering in New York, calling for money raised from a global carbon tax to be poured into a "big innovation pot" to develop greater solar and wind power.

Solyndra anti-trust lawsuit branded as "misguided"


Solyndra’s anti-trust lawsuit, filed last week, has been branded as a "misguided effort … to find scapegoats". The three named Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers have strongly denied the allegations.

Germany sets significantly higher 2013 EEG levy

Germany solar photovoltaic park

Germany’s transmission system operators have today, October 15, announced the EEG (renewable energy law) levy for 2013.

Centrotherm submits reorganization plan on time

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has today submitted its reorganization and future concept plan, on time, to the Ulm District Court.

Solyndra files anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech for "illegal cartel"

Suntech bsolar photovoltaic modules

The bankrupt Solyndra filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech Power Holdings Company Ltd and other Chinese companies on October 11 in San Francisco, the U.S., accusing them of, among other issues, "running an illegal cartel".

Chile: IADB considers $21 million of financing for 26 MWp of PV

Chile 1 MW solar photovoltaic plant Solarpack

Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica is currently seeking financing for 26 MWp of photovoltaics in Chile. The Spain-based company is hoping to secure US$21 million of the $80 million investment required from the Inter-American...

Solar storage needs stable and sustainable market development

Battery solar storage

Solar storage solutions are integral to the further development of the photovoltaics industry. However, cowboys "looking to make a quick buck" need not apply, as stable and sustainable market development is required, according to...

China calls on US to foster closer solar cooperation

US China flags

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has called on the U.S. to drop the trade case launched against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers and instead help foster closer cooperation between the two nations.

China: Sky Solar starts construction on 800 MW PV project

Gobi Desert

Sky Solar Holdings Co., Ltd has begun construction on the first 60 MW phase of its 800 MW photovoltaic project in China’s Xinjiang province.

SolarCity becomes focus of US Treasury investigation

SolarCity solar rooftop

A number of U.S. solar companies, including SolarCity Inc., have been issued with subpoenas by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which is investigating the companies’ participation in the Section 1603 grant program. If...

New off-grid PV concepts unveiled

Phaesun world cafe Off-grid solar photovoltaic

Although off-grid photovoltaic technology still represents a relatively small market segment in the solar industry, for many, the technology has become vitally important. At the second Off-grid Experts Workshop organized by...

Germany: Environment Minister, Altmaier wants EEG overhaul

Peter Altmaier

Peter Altmaier wants a "top to bottom" reform of Germany's renewable energy law, or EEG. He sees the target for renewable energy sources rising to 40% by 2020, from the previous goal of 35%, but also seeks restrictions for...

SolarWorld vows to fight PV trade case loophole

SolarWorld Hillsboro

If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) declines to impose tariffs on photovoltaic modules made in China using cells manufactured in third countries, SolarWorld has said it will "immediately" seek separate action.

S.A.G Solarstrom JV to see 440 MWp of PV installed in Spain

Czech Republic solar photovoltaic project

Germany-based S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has unveiled a joint venture (JV) with Spanish companies Valsolar 2006, S.L. and Cavalum SGPS, S.A. under which they will develop a 440 MWp photovoltaic project.

Suntech CFO resigns

Suntech HQ Wuxi China

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd interim CFO has resigned from her post. Anlin Ting-Mason will stay on as CFO of Suntech America, however.

Record Q4 PV inverter shipments predicted; China to overtake Germany

Conery solar photovoltaic inverter

Global photovoltaic inverter shipments are expected to reach 8.6 GW in Q4 2012, thus representing the "largest final quarter ever recorded". Despite this, falling inverter prices are predicted to dampen revenues. Meanwhile, in...

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