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Russian researchers develop lighter, more flexible solar cells

Tomsk State University in Russia

Solar activity is heating up in Russia, where scientists at Tomsk State University are developing a new type of flexible solar cell. At the same time, the first solar plant selected in the country's green capacity tender has...

Germany’s Ralos also files for insolvency

Ralos solar photovoltaick Park Italy

Ralos New Energies AG, based in Germany, has also filed for insolvency. The photovoltaic system provider and project developer cites a weak financial situation as the primary reason.

Solar boat race: Fourth edition registers forty

The enrollment period for the fourth solar boat race closed with forty registrations. The race is scheduled to take place in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands on July 8.

SunEdison sells 30 MW PV project

Austin, Texas

SunEdison has sold its 30 megawatt (MW) Webberville photovoltaic project, located near Austin, Texas, to MetLife and Longsol Holdings US Inc., a private owner and operator of solar projects in the U.S. and Europe.

Germany: PV FIT cap snuck in through the back door

Germany solar photovoltaic system next to the road

An addition to Germany’s new photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) plan could prevent the construction of solar farms in many places in Germany in the future.

LDK now major Sunways shareholder

LDK Solar corporate HQ building

Chinese company, LDK Solar is now officially a major shareholder of Germany’s Sunways AG. The news was announced following the recording of the capital increase in the commercial register.

Scheuten Solar next company to file for insolvency

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic rooftop project

Scheuten Solar filed for insolvency yesterday. The move was attributed to the "dramatic" oversupply of photovoltaic modules, which led to price declines, tighter margins and, for Scheuten, an inability to pay its creditors.

Solon officially saved

Solon solar photovoltaic rooftop system

It has been officially confirmed today that after weeks of negotiations, Microsol will take over the majority of Berlin-based Solon. The contract will become valid on March 5.

US DOC forestalls finding in SolarWorld trade petition until March 20

China US flags

This week, the waiting game continued for U.S. and Chinese solar industry leaders. Citing the "extraordinarily complicated" nature of its investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) again postponed the date for its...

Germany’s cabinet approves FIT plan

Germany solar demonstrations

A week after the country’s new feed-in tariff (FITs) scheme was unveiled, Germany’s Cabinet has today approved the proposal, meaning it will now be sent to the Parliament for consideration.

France: EdF takes Photowatt over

French flag

Following on from the announcement at the start of February that French electricity giant, Electricité de France (EdF) was looking to acquire Photowatt, media have reported that an offer has now been accepted.

Abound Solar drops 180 employees as it changes PV lines

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules close up

U.S.-based Abound Solar has temporarily cut 180 permanent jobs as it cancels the manufacture of its first-generation photovoltaic modules. The decision took immediate effect.

Ukrainian PV industry ramping up

Activ Solar's 20 MW solar photovoltaic park in Ukraine

The Ukrainian photovoltaics industry is on the verge of big change, as more and more investors announce their plans to build power plants in the country.

Yingli announces stronger commitment to Europe and China; capacity ramp up

Yingli Fine Silicon building, China

In posting its fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) 2011 results – detrimentally affected by the weak solar market conditions – Yingli Green Energy has vowed to strengthen its presence in both the European and Chinese...

Spain: 4.3 MW greenhouse PV project completed

Spain solar photovoltaic on greenhouses 4.5 MW

The 4.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project was commissioned last week by Switzerland-based Innotech Solar, Jendra Power and Energie Wasser Bern. Located in the Andalusian municipalities of Atarfe and Moclin, the systems are...

First Solar delivers Q4 and FY 2011 financial declines

First Solar photovoltaic modules

Photovoltaic thin film manufacturer, First Solar recorded financial declines across the board. And while full year (FY) 2011 revenues were slightly up, EBIT and operating expenses spiraled downwards. For 2012, the company has...

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