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Xiaofeng Peng resigns from LDK Solar

LDK solar HQ.

Former chairman, founder and director hands in resignation ahead of commencement of restructuring proceedings for the troubled Chinese solar company.

Belectric tops global PV system integrator rankings

Belectric PV Plant in Rentweinsdorf, Germany

Having developed over 300 megawatts (MW) worth of PV systems last year, Belectric has pushed Q-Cells out of the way to sit at the top of IMS Research’s Global PV System Integrator Rankings.

Phoenix Solar to build French PV plant

Map of France showing Haute-Loire department

Phoenix Solar AG is to install a 1.7 megawatt (MW) PV power plant in France’s Haute-Loire department. When completed, it will reportedly be the largest installation of its kind in the department.

First Solar breaks ground in Vietnam

First Solar's new plant in Vietnam will also house a recycling facility

First Solar has officially broken ground on its four-line PV module manufacturing plant in Dong Nam Industrial Park, 25 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

SunPower to build 5 MW solar farm in Hawaii

Kalaeloa, Hawaii, beach

SunPower Corporation is to build a five megawatt (MW) solar farm in West Oahu, Hawaii. The generated power will be sold to the Hawaiian Electric Company.

Search for the niche, next to gigawatt class

The quality and cost question was raised once again at the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum. Image: Hans-Christoph Neidlein/Solarpraxis AG.

With a call for increased cooperation within the European PV industry along the value chain, the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum in Berlin under SEMI PV Group came to an end.

Solar panels as standard feature in development

KB Home is taking the first step to offering standardized solar panel integrated homes. Image:Flickr/silas216

Los Angeles based KB Home will incorporate solar panels as a standard feature for its ten new developments.

Italy: On standby

Italy's solar associations will meet this week to draw up a proposal on the changes to the incentives scheme. Image: Sun Edison

The Italian government looks like it is ready to listen to PV associations. A meeting this week will seal the new proposal for the state of solar in the country.

UK farmer's association slams solar cuts

Many farm rooftop schemes in UK may become uneconomic. Image: Flickr/KSDigital

THE NFU (National Farmers Union) has labelled the UK government's cuts to solar subsidies as a 'ghastly mistake' and ill-judged, claiming that the cuts will snatch incentives away from farmers and growers.

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New EPIA director elected

Schott Solar HQ building

Martin Heming has been elected as the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (EPIA’s) new director.

48 MW US solar project officially opened

Copper Mountain 48 MW PV plant in Nevada

Sempra Generation’s 48 megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar plant has been officially opened in Nevada, the U.S. The company has announced its plans to expand it by 200 MW.

California: Low income families to benefit from new solar partnership

L to R Helena Kimball (Yingli) and Erica Mackie (GRID) at Heidi Varian's home; 1.1 kW install

Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc. has formed a partnership with GRID Alternatives to install one megawatt of solar energy systems for 400 low-income families in California.

Suntech to install 10 MW Tibetan solar system

Mount Everest view

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. will develop a 10 megawatt (MW) solar installation in Tibet. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the highest positioned systems in the world, at 4,000 meters above sea level.

Germany: Government approves solar cuts

German Bundesrat

The German Federal Government has approved an early reduction of its solar subsidies.

UK outlines plans to lower FITs; industry outraged

UK PV test installation

The UK Government has announced its plans to cut PV feed-in tariffs (FITs). Under the proposals, support for all new and standalone installations over 50 kilowatts (kW) will be reduced. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has...

Importance of PV module quality to increase

Berlin, Germany skyline

PV module quality, materials, production and market issues are set to be the themes of an upcoming workshop in Germany. A key discussion point will be the integration of quality measures into production lines.

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