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NPD Solarbuzz: leading module suppliers continue to move downstream

A First Solar power plant in Germany.

The trend of module producers continuing to move into PV project development is continuing. The latest data from NPD Solarbuzz confirms this, with the analysts reporting that 17 of the top 20 solar module suppliers currently...

PV replaces diesel at Botswana game reserve

Botswana 35 kW Solar photovoltaic Installation with elephant nearby

In a move away from using diesel generators, South African tourism operator Wilderness Safaris has commissioned the "first of many" photovoltaic systems at one of its game reserves.

The PV race to replace silver

Two silver bars standing on top of a solar photovoltaic cell

Silver prices have been bad news for photovoltaics of late. Their continuing spike is causing ripples across the photovoltaic manufacturing industry as it forces companies to find cost-effective solutions to the super-conductive...

Phoenix Solar to enter PV module business; suffers sizeable H1 losses

Phoenix Solar's CEO Andreas Hänel

Phoenix Solar AG is reportedly looking to enter the photovoltaic module business. Meanwhile, the company has recoded sizeable H1 losses, although it has a "pleasingly" strong order book for H2 2011.

Q-Cells realignment package approved; new COO announced

Q-Cells branding with photovoltaic modules

The Supervisory board of Q-Cells SE has officially approved the realignment package suggested by the company on Wednesday, August 10 in response to the difficult market conditions. It also agreed two executive board changes.

Centrosolar optimistic despite negative H1

Centrosolar HQ image

Adding a touch more light to solar’s primarily dim first half year, Centrosolar AG has announced it also expects to meet its full year targets, despite recording significant losses and battling difficult market conditions.

SolarWorld credits US market for H1 performance

SolarWorld photovoltaic module at its factory

Despite suffering year-on-year financial losses in the first half (H1) of 2011, SolarWorld remains confident it will meet its full year guidance. The company, which recorded impressive sequential gains, cites the U.S. as a...

Shrinking solar revenues forecast, despite new markets and growing installed capacity

Close up of First Solar photovoltaic panel with clouds in the reflection

New research forecasts shrinking, and then flat solar revenues through to 2016, despite the fact installations are expected to grow 15.5 percent as new markets open up. Countries with attractive IRRs are also identified.

Sunways Q2 and H1 sales drop over 40 percent

Sunways corporate image of man next to solar machine

Germany-based Sunways has had a rough start to 2011, with both its second quarter (Q2) and first half (H1) sales significantly declining. The company is remaining upbeat though, and expects to experience a better H2.

50 MW PV pilot plant to be built in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic flag

Isofotón is to build a 50 megawatt (MW) pilot photovoltaic plant in the Dominican Republic. The company additionally tells pv magazine that it intends to be "hugely" active in the country in the future.

Centrotherm bucks the profits trend, posting 54 percent YOY sales growth

centrotherm photovoltaics HQ

Continuing with today's positive trend, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced a successful first half (1H) of 2011. The company attributes most of its success to its solar cell and module division.

S.A.G. also posts positive profits

Karl Kuhlmann S.A.G. Solarstrom CEO

Germany-based S.A.G. Solarstrom AG is the second company of the day to post positive first half (1H) 2011 financial results. Its project planning and plant construction business has been identified as main driver.

Solar consortium to install 3 MW for UK housing association

aleo solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

Aleo solar AG has joined forces with LCE (Low Carbon Exchange) and Tigo Energy, and signed a framework agreement with Alliance Homes, to install photovoltaics on 1,200 buildings across the U.K.

Manz goes against the grain to record positive 1H figures

Solar cell Laser Edge Isolation at Manz

Bucking the negative trend, Manz AG has reported positive first half financial figures for 2011.

Kaco ramps up production capacity by 4 GW

Kaco's new inverter production facility

Solar inverter manufacturer Kaco new energy has invested €30 million in expanding its production capacity by four gigawatts (GW).

Solar in for strong second half, if financial crisis can be controlled

Solar photovoltaic park close up in Germany

The first half of 2011 has been less than stellar for photovoltaics, but there are indicators that demand will be much stronger in the second half. All bets are off, however, if the European debt crisis can't be managed, or if...

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