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Yingli profit margin halved in preliminary Q2 financials

Yingli solar production.

Gross margin of sales expected to be between 6-7% for the second quarter, a fall of 50% on Q1's 14.1% margin; scant preliminary data points to increased module shipments at discounted prices in China.


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David Cameron and Barack Obama share a beer.

The U.S. and U.K. continue to go their separate ways on renewables, encouraging data from Germany warms the solar cockles, and a new solar mapping tool raises the roof across the U.S.


Solar-Fabrik closes Wismar operations

The Solar-Fabrik operations in Wismar are nearing the end. The module manufacturer’s facility will cease operation end of November.


E.ON: The PV business is and will remain profitable

Interview: The energy utility E.ON plans to expand its PV business in Germany. From September, E.ON will offer a PV plant check service for operators of the more than 1.5 million PV plants. Moreover, the development of new PV...


LG plans to expand production in South Korea

LG Electronics has decided to expand its production capacity at its production site in Gumi, South Korea. The reason has been stated as the strong global demand for its Cello-technology integrated modules.


Bosch acquires Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo

German auto parts giant Bosch has acquired Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo. Seeo has been attempting to move from lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathodes towards nickel cobalt aluminium (NCA) to keep ahead of competition.


Hanwha Q Cells increases Q2 profit by 20%

Hanwha Q Cells production.

Second quarter financials for the Korean solar firm reveal a steady performance, with module shipments up 12.2% and revenues reaching $338 million.


Correction: 485 MW Blythe Mesa PV plant step closer to reality

A simulation of the solar project, as originally proposed by Solar Millennium

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the 485 MW Blythe Mesa Solar project in California, the U.S. pv magazine mistakenly wrote on September 25, that the project originally belonged to NextEra Energy.


UK to propose drastic FIT cuts starting 2016

Rooftop solar PV installation, U.K.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) also proposing enforcement of default FIT degressions each quarter; STA labels review 'alarming'.


Austria's biggest PV park goes online

Sonnquest's 2 MW PV solar park in Guntramsdorf, Austria has gone online. The development took 8 months and was contracted by power utility Wien Energie.


Solland Solar declared bankrupt

The Dutch solar manufacturer Solland Solar has been delcared bankrupt according to local Dutch media reports. Only in July did the company announce a PV cell deal with Trina Solar.


Uzbekistan breaks ground on 300 MW solar project

Uzbekistan.

$700 million project will culminate in completion of three solar plants in the nation by 2020, according to information released by state electricity firm Uzbekenergo.


India one of top three export markets for Chinese modules

The Chinese PV sector imported 12 GW of solar modules in the first half of 2015. Of this, over 6 GW were to Japan, India and the U.S. according to EnergyTrend's latest report. More consolidation is also in the horizon.


Foresight Solar Fund snaps up 34.7 MW UK solar farm

Solar installation, England.

Acquisition of the solar plant in English county of Wiltshire boosts company's net portfolio of British solar assets to 322 MW.


India's local content requirements violate global trade rules, finds WTO

Indian solar installation.

World Trade Organization rules against India in U.S.-led dispute over the country's local content requirements for its solar industry; government likely to appeal decision.


BYD completes 1MW PV plant in Germany

Chinese manufacturer BYD has completed a 1MW solar PV plant in partnership with EPC Fenecon in Altenau, Germany. BYD says the use of its glass-glass modules increases lifetime to 40 years.


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