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PV Crystalox closes Japanese wafer business, continues strategic review

The UK-based wafer maker will keep its German wafering operations going while it continues to mull future plans.


Sharp: Surprise over Foxconn nod, Energy Solutions segment reports biggest revenue drop

Sharp's Energy Solutions division, which houses its solar business, has seen significant losses

Sharp has surprised many by awarding preferred negotiating rights to Taiwan’s Foxconn for its US$5.9 billion takeover bid, rather than the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). Meanwhile, the electronic giant has...


Panasonic’s solar PV sales suffer from Japanese market weakness

Panasonic reports a slight decrease in sales and a sharper fall in profitability in its Eco Solutions business, which it blames on slowing domestic demand for its solar PV solutions and other products.


US: Landmark Dividend snaps up real estate home to 238 MW of installed renewables

The sale-leaseback transaction has added 238 MW of clean energy capacity to Landmark Dividend's portfolio.

Real estate investor in California has finalized acquisition of 3,500 acres of land across the state and, in doing so, has added 238 MW of existing clean energy capacity to its portfolio.


Moody's: green bonds could top $50bn this year on post-COP21 surge

Eiffel Tower during COP21.

Ratings agency expects momentum from the Paris Agreement to motivate additional and repeat issuance of green bonds on a global scale, building on dramatic spike recorded in Q4 2015.


Expert analysis: Back in black: SolarWorld provides optimistic outlook for 2016

SolarWorld HQ, U.S.

On February 1, Solarworld published its preliminary business figures for 2015 and provided an optimistic outlook for 2016. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO Götz Fischbeck delivers his analysis on SolarWorld’s...


UK solar firms challenge government subsidy cuts in appeal court

Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Solarcentury and Lark Energy take case against government's early closure of the Renewable Obligation scheme to court of appeal; government defends stance on claims its decision was grossly unfair.


Total secures stake in Off Grid Electric and Powerhive

Powerhive microgrid in Africa.

The French energy giant leverages its $150 million Total Energy Ventures fund to secure stakes of no more than 15% in the two off-grid and microgrid startups.


SunEdison offloads Japanese assets, assesses Vivint deal options

SunEdison solar PV installation.

The U.S. renewables developer agrees deal to sell its entire 198 MW solar PV portfolio in Japan for around $80 million while, closer to home, the company evaluates options that will see the Vivint acquisition finally closed.


Tesla’s Musk confirms Powerwall 2.0 is on the way

Demand for Tesla's Powerwall is still high

Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla will bring out a new version of its Powerwall home energy storage battery system this summer. While "step changes" can be expected, he declined to elaborate on the new product.


E.ON: Solar sees EUR200 million of EUR10 billion renewables investment

E.ON is predominantly active in the US and German solar markets

E.ON today announced its net investments in renewable energy have surpassed EUR10 billion. The lion’s share has been directed into wind, while solar has received around EUR200 million. A spokesperson confirms the energy utility...


Wacker posts Q4 2015 polysilicon lows, begins production at US facility

Wacker Chemie's polysilicon.

Plunging prices in polysilicon trigger Q4 year-over-year sales drop of 8% despite overall increase in sales for 2015; German firm ramps up production at new U.S. polysilicon plant.


Sharp bailout plans include breaking business up, merging with Solar Frontier

Whatever happens, Sharp will be "quasi-nationalized … broken up and downsized," reports Forbes

Rumors have been furiously swirling around the possibility of a bailout of Sharp Corp. Both Taiwan’s Foxconn and the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan have recently presented rescue plans. The latest news to emerge from...


Kazakhstan may peg green subsidies to US dollar

Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Oil-rich nation aiming for 10% renewables by 2030 is mulling a plan to peg the subsidies it provides for clean energy to the U.S. dollar in an effort to tempt foreign investors.


Expert analysis: Is SMA out of the woods? Outlook for 2016 is promising

SMA has been successful in turning its business around

On January 29, SMA published its outlook for 2016, both in terms of financial goals and upcoming product innovations. Industry expert and Smart Solar Consulting CEO, Götz Fischbeck has crunched the numbers and examined how the...


India: Domestic content compromise proposed, WTO ruling postponed

India needs foreing module imports to meet its ambitious solar goals

The Indian Government has proposed a compromise to end the dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its domestic content requirement (DCR) for solar modules. A final ruling from the WTO was expected on Friday, however...


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