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SolarWorld wins again: US affirms injury over PV imports from China, Taiwan

SolarWorld headquarters, Oregon

In the latest chapter of the ongoing trade dispute between certain PV manufacturers in the United States and China, the U.S. International Trade Commission in a vote Wednesday upheld tariffs proposed in 2014 on PV imports from...

Singapore set to play with PV’s big boys

Singapore solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

The Asia Pacific PV Expo closed on a positive note today as the pre-monsoon rain drizzled outside the Marina Bay Sands convention center. The numbers were perhaps not as high as what many exhibitors had expected, but the...

Q-Cells announces 91 MW PV project

Q-Cells 46 MWp Zerbst solar park

Q-Cells has begun work on what it says is Europe’s largest photovoltaic park. Located near Berlin, Germany, the 91 megawatt (MW) project is expected to supply energy to around 22,500 households.

Ukraine: Activ Solar completes another 20 MW PV system

20 MW solar photovoltaic project Ukraine

Activ Solar has been living up to its name recently. Having already announced the completion of an 80 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in the Ukraine, the company had today said it has finished a further 20 MW of another project,...

BTU experiences weak Q3 due to "slim" solar orders; announces layoffs

BTU screenshot

BTU International Inc. which, among other products, produces thermal processing equipment for solar cells, has experienced a weak third quarter Q3 2011. The results were said to have been primarily affected by the weak solar...

PV production capacity expansions to "dramatically" slow

General solar photovoltaic panel image with clouds reflected

According to new research, photovoltaic wafer, cell and module capacity expansions are predicted to "slow dramatically" from now until the first half of 2012. It was also found that while supply of these products has grown by 54...

PV Asia Pacific Expo addresses alternative solar technologies

Solar thermal plant

Day two of the PV Asia Pacific Expo has focused on the issue of alternative solar technologies. Questions like why anyone would switch from crystalline technology to technologies like thin film were posed.

Beacon Power files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; parallels drawn to Solyndra

The 20 MW Stephentown flywheel manufacturing facility from above

Flywheel energy storage solutions company, Beacon Power has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, which among other products, offers cloud mitigation for photovoltaic plants, received a Department of Energy (DOE) loan...

Faced with new Solyndra subpoena, White House stands firm and seeks impartial review

Solyndra factory

Refusing to be intimidated by scandal-starved Republicans, the Obama Administration pushed back on October 28 - not only declining to provide more documentation on the spectacular collapse of the California-based solar company,...

A new chapter begins for Asian solar

Marina Bay Sands convention center, Singapore

Today marked the opening of the PV Asia Pacific Expo at the Marina Bay Sands convention center Singapore. The event, which will be held until November 3, was kicked off with the announcement that Suntech’s founder and CEO has...

Suntech considers reducing production capacity; CEO new APVIA chairman

Zhengrong Shi

Suntech’s founder and CEO, Zhengrong Shi has said the company may reduce some of its production capacity in the first quarter of 2012. In other news, he has been appointed the first chief chairman of the Asian Photovoltaic...

LDK breaks ground on new polysilicon manufacturing facility

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar today held a ground breaking ceremony for its new 30,000 metric ton (MT) polysilicon manufacturing facility in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia. The company believes "strong" polysilicon demand will be seen in 2014 "and...

UK looks to significantly slash solar FITs

Isolux Corsan 5 MW solar photovoltaic park UK

The U.K. government has launched a consultation paper, which is proposing further, significant photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts for systems registered on or after December 12, 2011. It says that "urgent" action must be...

Arizona: 34 MW of PV under AZ Sun Program online

First Solar photovoltaic thin film modules

Two photovoltaic facilities have been brought online in Gila Bend. Worth 17 megawatts (MW) each, they represent the first facilities to reach commercial operation under the AZ Sun Program.

Despite solid Q3, Wacker lowers full year guidance

Wacker Chemie polysilicon chip inspection

Wacker Chemie AG has reported a relatively positive third quarter (Q3) 2011. However, the company is cautious about both the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries going forward. As a result, it has lowered its full year...

US: Identification of solar energy zones to speed up permitting processes

Ken Salazar

Utility-scale solar development is set for a boost under new plans unveiled by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior yesterday. Through the identification of new solar energy zones (SEZ), it is believed permitting times will be...

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