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TSMC announces complete solar exit

TSMC solar campus.

Chinese semiconductor giant TSMC has announced its intention to withdraw completely from the solar sector. It will immediately sell a 6% stake in Motech Industries, with its remaining 6% to be divested "in an orderly manner."

Yingli: Net losses hit $0.5 billion; expects to ship over 3 GW in 2013

Yingli Green Energy solar photovoltaic park

2012 saw Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited record net losses totaling over US$0.5 billion – a slight decrease on 2011. Despite this, the company saw photovoltaic module shipments significantly increase. For 2013, it...

Isofotón unveils employee reorganization plan

Isofoton HQ

Isofotón has unveiled its employee reorganization plan, which is expected to affect staff at its Malaga manufacturing plant in Spain. The international business is still said to be "solid, solvent and profitable."

Texas: Phase 1 of 400 MW San Antonio solar scheme under way

The U.S. flag.

OCI Solar Power will tomorrow (Tuesday March 5) officially break ground on construction of the first phase of its 400 MW San Antonio project – the largest solar development in Texas.

Greece: New bill aims to cut PV red tape

Greece Drama solar photovoltaic project

A new bill has been brought to the Greek parliament, aimed at speeding up so-called "fast track" strategic investments, including for photovoltaic projects. The goal is to reduce red tape and increase flexibility. Financing...

California: 266 MW PV farm to be finished in early 2014

Antelope Valley, California.

AES Solar is expected to complete construction of the first phase of one of the world’s largest photovoltaic developments, located in Antelope Valley, California, in early 2014.

The solar aspect of EU-US trade talks

President Barack Obama.

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht gave a speech in Boston at the weekend about the planned EU-U.S. trade talks, which could have an impact on the Transatlantic, and wider, solar industry.

EC officially launches solar glass anti-dumping investigation

Solar glass

The European Commission (EC) has officially launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar glass from China into the EU. Provisional duties could be imposed within nine months, while the investigation could take up...

SiC Processing self-administration opens

SiC Processing HQ

The District Court in Germany’s Amberg has ordered the opening of insolvency proceedings in "debtor-in-possession" for SiC Processing. Hubert Ampferl has been appointed supervisor.

PV Expo Tokyo: Japan most attractive PV market globally

PV Expo Tokyo 2013

Japan is currently the world’s most attractive photovoltaic market. This is the conclusion at the end of the three day 6th PV Expo Tokyo. Meanwhile, optimistic forecasts predict 5 GW of new capacity in 2013. However, warnings...

Call to halt UK FIT degression

A 5 MW UK solar farm.

The Solar Trade Association has called upon the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to put a halt to the automatic degression in FIT rates due in two months' time.

REC selects centrotherm systems for Singapore plant

Norwegian company Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has opted for centrotherm photovoltaics' diffusion systems for its 740 MW solar production line in Singapore. The equipment order is said to be in a higher single-digit million...

Germany hits 32.6 GW cumulative PV capacity

Germany solar photovoltaic plant

Germany installed 274 MW worth of photovoltaics in January, according to the latest figures from the Federal Network Agency. Overall, the country has a cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 32.6 GW.

SEMI proposes a way out of solar trade wars

President Barack Obama.

Global electronics manufacturing industry group SEMI has offered to step between the nations waging the current proliferation of solar trade disputes in an effort to find a way forward.

Fulai Investments acquires 5 million LDK shares

LDK solar branding

Following the signing of a share purchase agreement at the start of the year, Fulai Investments Limited has acquired 5 million LDK Solar shares for an aggregate purchase price of US$9.15 million. The remaining shares are...

Dyesol secures $4 million from Saudi firm

Dyesol solar photovoltaic cell

Dyesol Limited has secured strategic investment from The National Industrialization Company of Saudi Arabia, or Tasnee, worth AU$4 million. Potential to expand this investment to $20 million exists. Meanwhile, R&D collaboration...

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