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Panasonic claims world record module efficiency record with 23.8%

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corporation has claimed the world record module efficiency title by a full 1%, achieving 23.8% aperture efficiency on an 11.5-square-centimeter research module.

Panasonic set to close solar cell factory in Hungary

Japanese company Panasonic Corp has decided to close its only European solar cell plant in Hungary. An estimated 500 jobs will be lost after plant closes in March.

Romania installs 175.5 MW of new PV in six months

Electricity power lines in Romania.

Romania reaches 203.5 MW of installed PV capacity of which 175.5 MW has been electrified in the first half of 2013. Country's PV pipeline amounts to 2.7 GW in coming years.

Chile's energy and mining ministers inaugurate 2.3 MW plant

Arica y Parinacota.

Solar park in the northern Chilean region of Arica y Parinacota will provide energy to mining company Quiborax. New PV plant inaugurated yesterday by government ministers is the country's largest to date.

Analysts not surprised by Conergy insolvency

Financial experts shocked not by the Conergy insolvency but by how long it took the Hamburg company to file insolvency proceedings. The Hamburg state prosecutor had filed charges against former Conergy executives two years ago.

Number crunch in German solar sector

The bankruptcies, losses and production cuts of German photovoltaic companies show the dire state the country's solar industry is in. An enquiry made by the Die Linke political party revealed there are only around 87,000 jobs in...

Chinese poly producers - demand driving production, not tariffs

GCL-Poly polysilicon production.

Daqo and GCL-Poly deny they have raised production levels ahead of the expected imposition of duties on foreign polysilicon in China. Demand is driving our output, say both as EU-China trade talks reportedly near resolution.

Juwi commissions solar plants in France and Japan

Juwi installs 10.5 MW plant in southern France. Company claims the development was nothing to do with the government call-for-tender system, launched in 2011.

Conergy files for insolvency

German solutions provider Conergy filed for insolvency on Friday at the Hamburg District Court. Subsidiaries Mountain Systems and Conergy SolarModule also opened insolvency proceedings. Conergy's management board expects German...

UK adds 261 MW in first quarter of 2013

U.K. 5 MW PV park England

The U.K. added 261 MW in the first quarter of 2013, bringing the total installed solar PV in the territory to 2 GW, while the share of electricity generation from renewables reached 12.3%.

India: 418 MW of PV offers for Andhra Pradesh

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has received offers to set up 418 MW of photovoltaic capacity at INR6.49 (US$0.11) per unit price. This was finalized under the state's solar policy.

Debate in Georgia: How much solar is enough?

Atalanta, Georgia

Despite the fact that the U.S. is increasingly embracing solar power, some major electricity providers are resisting the trend. Atlanta-based Georgia Power is now facing a statewide revolt as calls for more solar grow louder....

SMA to downsize massively

SMA has announced today that it will inform its employees of the necessary personnel adjustments as a response to the difficult solar market situation. SMA plans to gradually downsize its full-time employee pool by 700 in Germamy...

China's STGCON, German CEO battle for Asola's future

Asola HQ Erfurt, Germany

The battle for German module manufacturer and automobile applications maker Asola has been raging for months. Shanghai-based STGCON Group has now announced that it intends to turn Asola Solarpower into a European development...

Low worldwide bookings for PV equipment in the first quarter

Global trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has released their 2013 first quarter statistics report on the worldwide photovoltaics equipment market. Billings and bookings numbers still look...

MGM Resorts, NRG Solar team up on 6.2 MW Las Vegas project

NRG Solar project Mandalay Bay convention center

NRG Solar is designing and developing a 6.2 MW photovoltaic project for MGM Resorts International's first commercial solar project in the U.S. -- a rooftop installation on the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas,...

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