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SMA grows H1 inverter output to 3.9 GW but announces two fab closures, warns of tough price pressures in 2017

SMA retrofit.

Sales revenue for first six months of the year grows 15.1% to hit EUR 494.1 million, while international share of sales tops 90%. Company announces closure of Denver and Cape Town operations in preparation for tough 2017 price...

EU PVSEC conference draws crowds despite crisis

EU PVSEC 2013 Paris

The 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition kicked off on Monday in Paris. The scientific program has remained largely unaffected by the current crisis. The halls open on Tuesday for exhibitors.

SUNOWE to construct 150 MW of PV plants as part of Chinese subsidy pilot project


The publicly listed Chinese PV company SUNOWE Photovoltaic will oversee the construction of 150 MW of solar power plants by 2015 as part of China’s new subsidy program for industrial areas.

Chinese government offers PV manufacturers a helping hand

Xinhua Gate, Zhongnanhai Chinese govt. HQ, Beijing

Solar product makers in China continue to reap the benefits of a government eager to prop up a troubled industry. Beijing is now offering tax rebates to manufacturers in an effort to assist the struggling sector.

Sunpower to supply 69 MW to Shimizu Corporation for installation in Japan

SunPower Corporation's high efficiency E20/327 solar panels to be installed by Shimizu Corporation at the Eurus Energy mega solar power plant in Aomori, Japan.

IKEA to sell solar panels in all UK stores

The Swedish furniture retailer is to sell solar panels in all of its 17 U.K. stores within 10 months following a successful pilot project in one Essex store.

British scientists call for world Sunpower Program to combat climate change

Leading scientific advisers in the U.K. urge governments to work together to create a global, collaborative solution to tackle climate change by harnessing the power of the sun.

GCL Goldpoly announces hitch in stake acquisition

GCL Poly manufacturing facility.

Chinese polysilicon manufacturer GCL Poly has announced a delay in its plans to acquire an equity stake in solar developer Fengxian Huize. A busy day also saw the company's CFO resign.

LDK negotiates a stay of execution

LDK Solar.

The Chinese manufacturer has negotiated a 30-day window relating to overdue interest on bond notes. With $4.4 billion of short-term debt at the end of August, LDK has some tough talks ahead.

UK: Trina Solar teams up with Oskomera

Trina Solar has partnered with Dutch developer Oskomera Solar Power Solutions to construct a 10.97 MW ground-mounted PV plant in North Norfolk, UK.

$8 billion hit for Spanish PV generators

The Congress of Deputies building in Madrid.

Spain's PV industry body UNEF says generators will lose a fifth of the payments they could have expected from 2010 to 2020. The reductions are part of the Madrid government's determination to reduce renewables subsidies.

A roadmap to lower soft costs


The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a plan to slash the soft costs of solar by 2020. The new reports focuses on the non-hardware costs of residential and small commercial projects, but makes no mention of company profits.

Conergy negotiates with potential investors

German solar solutions provider Conergy is currently in negotiations with seven potential investors from Asia and Europe for the takeover of its Conergy SolarModule facility in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. Employees...

Market for large-scale solar in Japan to wane after 2014 fiscal year, Yano reports

Lack of space and fewer incentives will cause Japan's large-scale solar market to contract rapidly once the 2014 fiscal year has passed, reports Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute.

PV for 70,000 Tanzanian households


The African Development Bank has approved $50 million of funding for solar and geothermal investment in the African country. Ten remote rural districts will benefit from off-grid PV installation.

Singapore: Housing Development Board calls largest solar-leasing tender

The Housing Development Board (HDB) of Singapore is currently drawing up plans for the largest single solar-leasing project to date. The tender calls for 5MW in total in four precints on the main island.

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