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UK added 700 MW of FIT-driven PV in 2014, figures show

Rooftop PV installation from Solarcentury

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals some 125,000 homes added solar to their rooftops last year, triggering latest FIT reduction.

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Germany: Solar power output increases by 60 percent in 2011

The German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has announced that German solar power producers have increased electricity output this year by 60 percent over 2010 to 18 billion kWh. This is more than three percent of total power...

Malaysia: Release of FIT quotas and further regulations for PV

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) has re-evaluated its quotas and will re-open its e-FIT online system tomorrow after the system's review maintenance since 27 December 2011.

Australia: new AC-module plant opens

A PV fab.

Only one month after the country's only photovoltaic module manufacturer suspended production, a new 60 megawatt (MW) module assembly plant has opened in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. The fab will produce around 300,000...

New entrant to push manufacturers

The Suntech manufacturing facility in China.

While the economic environment of falling prices and oversupply is pushing many photovoltaic manufacturers to the brink, a new major entrant to the market could present a whole new set of challenges to incumbent manufacturers.

Singulus supplies Avancis fab

An Avancis fab.

German manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies announced today that it supplied equipment for the new Avancis thin-film fab, which opened earlier this month.

Interview: As a reliable investment proposition in uncertain times, solar is very compelling

James Lee, managing director of Lightsource Renewables believes that investing in photovoltaics is a smart choice, particularly when times are tough. In an interview with pv magazine, he explains why.

T-Solar signs 3 loan agreements for solar projects worth 44 MW

T-Solar Spain thin film factory

Continuing on with its Peruvian photovoltaic plans, T-Solar has signed three loan agreements worth US$145 million.

Liquidator for Solar Millennium appointed

Solar Millennium panels

Law firm Schultze und Braun has announced that Volker Böhm has been appointed provisional liquidator of Solar Millennium by the Fürth District Court in Germany.

Ukraine: Activ Solar completes next 20 MW PV system

Activ Solar's 20 MW phase of its Ukraine solar photovoltaic park

Making it one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the world, Austria-based Activ Solar has completed the fourth 20 megawatt (MW) phase of its giant Perovo photovoltaic park in the Ukraine.

India: Unclear if import duty will be imposed on PV modules

India solar photovoltaic panels

Indian photovoltaic manufacturers have been clamoring for customs duties to be added to the import of solar cells and modules. However, despite their efforts, the country’s regulatory authority has given them the cold shoulder,...

PV in 2012: The year of truth

General solar photovoltaic installation by Gehrlicher Solar

The photovoltaics industry is going through some major changes. A still deteriorating global economic situation, government belt-tightening and a number of corporate incidents have left the industry in an unfamiliar, unhealthy...

Solar Millennium files for insolvency

Solar Millennium parabolic troughs

Solar Millennium AG is the latest victim of the weak solar market conditions. Just this afternoon, it announced that it has filed for the opening of insolvency proceedings.

Bosch to buy Conergy inverter subsidiary

Bosch corporate branding

Bosch Group and Conergy AG have entered into negotiations under which Bosch will acquire Conergy’s inverter subsidiary, voltwerk electronics GmbH. The financial sum was not divulged.

300 MW Sonoran PV project approved

Arizona flag

The U.S. Interior Department has approved NextEra’s 300 megawatt (MW) Sonoran photovoltaics project. Set to be located in Arizona, more hurdles need to be cleared before it can be brought online, however.

Stion secures US$130 million financing for thin film plans

Hattisburg, US

U.S. thin film photovoltaic module manufacturer, Stion, has secured US$130 million in equity investment. Among other plans, it will establish a Korean subsidiary and manufacturing facility.

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