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NEXTracker agrees 105 MW supply deal with groSolar

groSolar ground-mount development in New Jersey.

Tracking specialist signs three-year deal to deliver its single axis trackers to groSolar's distributed generation solar projects across the U.S.


Gero Solarpark inaugurates 28 MW German PV park

Halle,  Germany

Gero Solarpark GmbH has inaugurated its 28 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in Amsdorf near Halle today. It was reportedly constructed in just seven weeks.


Gestamp steps up South African solar activities

South African flag

Gestamp Renewable Industries has announced new joint ventures between two of its business divisions, and unnamed South African industrial partners. The company has also unveiled its plans to start work on the photovoltaic plants...


Soltecture announces insolvency

Soltecture HQ Germany

Berlin-based Soltecture GmbH is the next German photovoltaic company to file for insolvency. Attorney Hartwig Albers of law firm Brinkmann & Partner has been appointed provisional liquidator.


Portugal: Martifer and Hanwha to develop 17.6 MWp PV project

Martifer Solar and Hanwha Portugal PV deal

Martifer Solar has formed a partnership with Hanwha SolarEnergy and Hanwha SolarOne to install a 17.6 megawatts peak (MWp) photovoltaic plant in the Lisbon area of Portugal.


Yingli to install PV on FIFA World Cup stadium

Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has partnered with Light ESCO, EDF Consultoria and the State of Rio de Janeiro to install photovoltaic modules at Brazilian football stadium, Estadio do Maracana in time for the 2014...


Westinghouse Solar and CBD merge; CEO replaced

Westinghouse Solar photovoltaic module rooftop

U.S.-based Westinghouse Solar Inc. and Australian CBD Energy Ltd have signed definitive merger agreement, which has been approved by both companies’ board of directors. Under the agreement, Westinghouse CEO, Barry Cinnamon has...


Masdar receives €12.9 million for new PV module line

Masdar PV solar photovoltaic module line thin film Germany

The European Commission has approved €12.9 million worth of state aid for Masdar PV GmbH to install a second photovoltaic module production line in Germany.


PV will become mainstream energy source under right policy conditions

General solar photovoltaic panel picture

Photovoltaics can become a mainstream energy source, says EPIA, if the right policy conditions are in place. It predicts that around 20 to 25 GW could be installed annually in Europe, up to 2016, and between 38 and 77 GW outside...


ECD cancels USO auction after failing to secure bid

Uni_Solar flexible photovoltaic products on roof in Rome

U.S.-based Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) has cancelled the auction of the going concern sale of United Solar Ovonic LLC (USO) and has discontinued the court-approved sale process, having failed to find an "acceptable" qualified...


50 MW US thin film PV plant switched on

Secretary Salazar (center) tours the photovoltaic project with Enbridge president, Al Monaco (l) and First Solar senior VP, Frank De Rosa

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has officially inaugurated the 50 megawatt (MW) Silver State North photovoltaic project, located in Nevada.


Solar 'smackdowns' resume in reaction to China’s 5 year plan

SolarWorld HQ Hillsboro Oregon

Like an unrepentant child confined to a "time-out" corner, China is not only irate at accusations that it has over-subsidized its solar industry and underpriced its products, but it is plotting a market rally strong enough to...


Centrotherm sees Q1 orders soar; solar situation still tense

centrotherm HQ building

Germany’s centrotherm photovoltaics AG has recorded €255.4 million of new orders in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. Despite this success, the company recognizes the still tense solar situation, which was reflected in its Q1...


First Solar posts Q1 $450 million loss; announces new CEO

First Solar staff marching behind a banner.

U.S.-based vertically integrated thin film manufacturer First Solar has posted a non-GAAP loss for the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 of US$449 million or US$5.20 per share. The company also announced new management in the shape of...


SunPower confident on back of passable Q1 2012 results

SunPower Monalto Italy solar photovoltaic plant

While the U.S.-based photovoltaics company continued to suffer losses in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, its balance sheet showed some improvement on last year. There is still some way to go, though, before it is in the black....


Insolvency manager: Q.Cells could survive

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic module

Henning Schorisch demonstrated cautious optimism with regard to the future of the insolvent photovoltaic manufacturer. Thus no layoffs of the 1,300 employees are pending in the near future and the company has again ramped up...


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