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Fronius presses play on US manufacturing

Fronius production in Austria.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Austrian inverter supplier has begun production at a $1.5 million manufacturing and testing facility in the state of Indiana.


PV equipment suppliers emphasise cost reductions through new tools

PV equipment

Speakers at the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association’s (IPVEA) organised press conference, which took place during the first day of SNEC 2012, used the opportunity to pitch various approaches aimed at reducing...


Germany’s Environment Minister fired; successor named

Norbert Röttgen

German Minister of the Environment, Norbert Röttgen has been fired. A successor has already been named.


30 MW PV plant planned for Puerto Rico

Satcon Equinox Prism Platform

Satcon Technology Corporation will supply 30 megawatts (MW) of its Equinox Prism Platform medium voltage building block to Western Wind and Lord Electric for a photovoltaic plant in Puerto Rico.


Q.Cells steps up Bulgarian PV activity

Bulgarian solar photovoltaic plant

Q.Cells will deliver a total of 16 megawatts (MWp) worth of its Q.Pro multicrystalline photovoltaic modules to projects in Bulgaria.


Solar Millennium liquidator confident of investor payout

Solar Millennium solar thermal

Solar Millennium AG’s liquidator, Volker Böhm is confident that those who invested in the company will receive compensation. However, the amount repaid will depend on whether yet to be completed projects can be sold.


ET Solar completes 2 German PV parks

ET Solar corporate image

ET Solar Group Corp. has completed two photovoltaic plants in Germany worth 9.6 megawatts (MW).


Global solar tradeshow alliance formed

SNEC PV 2010

Three of the solar industry’s biggest event organizers have joined forces to create the Global Solar Alliance. New and emerging markets will be a key focus of the new group, which also aims to raise solar awareness with the...


Class action lawsuit filed against Solar Millennium

Solar Millennium plant

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Solar Millennium AG at Germany's Nürnberg-Fürth district court. It has been found that the through the company’s insolvency, a loss of €315,000 was incurred.


Sovello unveils redevelopment plan

Sovello production

Sovello GmbH's management have today unveiled a redevelopment concept, aimed at bringing the company back to solvency. It includes finding a "suitable" investor, evaluating costs, and continuing production.


Phoenix Solar Q1 growth positive following dire 2011

Phoenix Solar Messe Munich

Phoenix Solar AG has shown financial improvement in its first quarter (Q1) 2012 results on the back of a dismal 2011. It remains positive for the full year (FY).


Conergy’s Q1 financials reflect restructuring progress

Conergy corporate logo

Germany-based Conergy AG has seen a number of financial improvements in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. It attributes the success to its restructuring program. Despite lower sales, due to declining prices, EBIT and net cash flow...


China’s BYD targets 5 GW PV module capacity; mass energy storage production

BYD China solar photovoltaic facility Shanghai

Photovoltaic product, battery and vehicle manufacturer, BYD, has ambitious plans. In addition to reaching five GW of module capacity by 2016 and switching to full automation in a few weeks, it intends to start producing solar...


Sovello submits insolvency application

Sovello production image

Following speculation at the weekend that Sovello GmbH would file for insolvency, the company has now submitted an application to open self-administration insolvency proceedings at the Dessau district court in Germany, due to a...


Caribbean: GCL places order for 76 MW PV plant

Satcon Equinox inverters

GCL Solar Energy has placed an order with Satcon Technology Corporation for products to be used in a 76 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in the Caribbean.


German Environment Ministry seeks solar subsidy compromise

SolarWorld production

Additional funding for photovoltaics research and development should move the German states to a "yes" regarding the country’s EEG, or renewable energy law. Saxony-Anhalt’s Minister President believes an agreement on Germany’s...


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