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Update: Foxconn deal for Sharp delayed, tolls death knell for its solar business

Sharp Company building.

Taiwan-based Foxconn's $6.2bn bailout of Sharp is first ever foreign takeover of a major Japanese electronics company; move could spell end for troubled Sharp solar business.

Major construction work begins on 579 MW Antelope Valley PV projects

Antelope Valley Solar photovoltaic Project 579 MW

SunPower Corp. and recent investor MidAmerican Solar have announced the start of major construction work at their 579 MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects in California, the U.S. Work should be complete by the end of 2015.

Spain: PV sector did not increase 2012 tariff deficit

Spain solar photovoltaic plant

The PV sector did not cause Spain's power tariff deficit to increase to its record level in 2012, according to the country’s National Energy Commission (CNE).

International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance established

An alliance has been established to support and facilitate collaboration between solar, electrical energy storage and smart grid technologies companies.

US: Providing a level playing field for renewables

U.S. Senators have decided to level the playing field for renewable energy sources by providing investors in renewable energy projects access to private capital that has, for decades, only been available to fossil-fuel project...

LDK sells 25 million shares to Fulai in second agreement

LDK Solar branding

In a second share purchase agreement, LDK Solar has announced it will sell 25 million newly issued ordinary shares to Fulai Investments Limited for US$25.7 million.

Solar Bankers interested in Bosch's German PV facility

Bosch solar photovoltaic panels

Solar Bankers could take over Bosch’s photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Germany. A progress report on the negotiations concerning Bosch’s solar shares is expected this May. By the end of the year, the Stuttgart-based company...

Germany's Economics Minister seeks to reduce PV FIT to €0.10/kWh

Philipp Rösler

Germany’s Federal Economics Minister and Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader has said he wants to reduce the country’s photovoltaic FIT to just €0.10/kWh. In his view, investment could thus be encouraged in storage systems.

REC's first PV venture in Thailand

Norwegian company Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has supplied close to 41,000 solar panels to a 9.5 MW power plant in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand. The company has also opened its own Bangkok office.

Bouygues Construction plans 30 MW PV project in Thailand

Thailand solar photovoltaic plant Conergy

Two subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction are planning to develop three photovoltaic plants worth 30 MW in Thailand for Soleq Solar Thailand.

Kyocera profits from PV boom in Japan

Kyocera Corporation has announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year that was concluded end of March, 2013. While sales in the previous year increased by 7.5%, net profit fell by 16.2%.

BMW and Solarwatt announce partnership

BMW under solar photovoltaic carport

BMW has said it wants to offer its customers, in cooperation with Solarwatt, complete photovoltaic systems in the future. The concept, "360° Electric" aims to provide solutions for all customer requirements on the topic of...

Czech Republic: PV module take-back and recycling cooperation

PV Cycle and Czech collective scheme Retela are collaborating on module take-back and recycling in the Czech Republic. PV Cycle hopes to serve the value chain better with Retela's expertise for PV waste execution in the country.

1 MW PV park planned for Argentinian province of San Luis

Argentina flag

A one MW photovoltaic park has been planned for the Argentinian province of San Luis. It is expected to be completed within one year.

Enel to add 55 MW of PV capacity in Romania and 21 MW in Italy

Romania flags

In its 2013 to 2017 business plan, Enel Green Power states its aim to install 55 MW of photovoltaic capacity in Romania, and 21 MW in Italy by 2017.

Gauss Energía unveils 30 MW Mexico PV plans

La Paz, in Baja California Sur state

Gauss Energía, a business development firm specialized in Mexico’s energy sector, has announced it will launch into operation its US$100 million 30 MW Aura Solar I photovoltaic plant this August. It is expected to be the largest...

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