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UBS: Solar plus storage is already cost effective in Australia

GSES, UBSe solar-storage graph

A new study from investment bank UBS says solar plus storage already make economic sense for Australian households, a finding that could dramatically reshape the nature of the energy industry in the country.

US permits 550 MW PV project

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has given the go-ahead to the largest photovoltaic facility ever to be built on public land in America.

JinkoSolar reports successful Q2 despite difficult market

JinkoSolar screenshot

Flying in the face of the shaky market conditions seen in the first half of 2011, Chinese photovoltaic product manufacturer JinkoSolar has bucked the trend to post positive second quarter (Q2) results.

5 MW UK PV park completed

Solarcentury 5 MW photovoltaic park in Cambridgeshire

Solarcentury has completed work on a five megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in the U.K.

Jobs to go as Solon shuts Tucson facility down

Solon HQ in Berlin, Germany

Germany-based Solon SE has announced the closure of its Tucson module and photovoltaic system manufacturing facility, as part of a new U.S. operations strategy. Sixty jobs will be lost.

Cautious optimism for Roth & Rau after shaky H1

Roth & Rau SiNA 2

Both the shaky market conditions and start up difficulties of the company’s antireflective coating equipment (SiNA 2) were attributed to Roth & Rau’s weak start to the year. Looking ahead, the company is unable to provide full...

PV replaces diesel at Botswana game reserve

Botswana 35 kW Solar photovoltaic Installation with elephant nearby

In a move away from using diesel generators, South African tourism operator Wilderness Safaris has commissioned the "first of many" photovoltaic systems at one of its game reserves.

The PV race to replace silver

Two silver bars standing on top of a solar photovoltaic cell

Silver prices have been bad news for photovoltaics of late. Their continuing spike is causing ripples across the photovoltaic manufacturing industry as it forces companies to find cost-effective solutions to the super-conductive...

Phoenix Solar to enter PV module business; suffers sizeable H1 losses

Phoenix Solar's CEO Andreas Hänel

Phoenix Solar AG is reportedly looking to enter the photovoltaic module business. Meanwhile, the company has recoded sizeable H1 losses, although it has a "pleasingly" strong order book for H2 2011.

Q-Cells realignment package approved; new COO announced

Q-Cells branding with photovoltaic modules

The Supervisory board of Q-Cells SE has officially approved the realignment package suggested by the company on Wednesday, August 10 in response to the difficult market conditions. It also agreed two executive board changes.

Centrosolar optimistic despite negative H1

Centrosolar HQ image

Adding a touch more light to solar’s primarily dim first half year, Centrosolar AG has announced it also expects to meet its full year targets, despite recording significant losses and battling difficult market conditions.

SolarWorld credits US market for H1 performance

SolarWorld photovoltaic module at its factory

Despite suffering year-on-year financial losses in the first half (H1) of 2011, SolarWorld remains confident it will meet its full year guidance. The company, which recorded impressive sequential gains, cites the U.S. as a...

Shrinking solar revenues forecast, despite new markets and growing installed capacity

Close up of First Solar photovoltaic panel with clouds in the reflection

New research forecasts shrinking, and then flat solar revenues through to 2016, despite the fact installations are expected to grow 15.5 percent as new markets open up. Countries with attractive IRRs are also identified.

Sunways Q2 and H1 sales drop over 40 percent

Sunways corporate image of man next to solar machine

Germany-based Sunways has had a rough start to 2011, with both its second quarter (Q2) and first half (H1) sales significantly declining. The company is remaining upbeat though, and expects to experience a better H2.

50 MW PV pilot plant to be built in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic flag

Isofotón is to build a 50 megawatt (MW) pilot photovoltaic plant in the Dominican Republic. The company additionally tells pv magazine that it intends to be "hugely" active in the country in the future.

Centrotherm bucks the profits trend, posting 54 percent YOY sales growth

centrotherm photovoltaics HQ

Continuing with today's positive trend, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced a successful first half (1H) of 2011. The company attributes most of its success to its solar cell and module division.

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