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Pintxos, Spain.

India goes all-out for clean energy, the U.K. receives further scorn for its regressive solar stance, and Spain serves up a timely reminder of its prowess, despite recent cuts.

Community-owned solar: Like drinking milk without caring for the cow

Community solar garden

Community-owned solar power is on the rise in the U.S. Kent James, chief strategy officer of Martifer Solar USA has implemented a series of projects with the Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective. In the following interview, he...

Yingli issues preliminary Q3 guidance

Yingli solar photovoltaic modules

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has issued preliminary Q3 2012 earnings results. Overall, it expects photovoltaic module shipments to decrease and a negative gross margin.

Solar business drags down Applied Materials' results

Applied Materials equipment

As Applied Materials today revealed its Q4 and financial full year results, chairman and CEO Mike Splinter struck an upbeat note, despite solar’s poor performance.

Isofotón given go ahead to develop 50 MW Ecuadorian PV plant

Ecuador flag

Isofotón has signed an agreement with the National Electricity Council of Ecuador (CONELEC) to install a 50 MW, around US$100 million photovoltaic plant in the parish of Calderón.

Prosolia plans 13 MW of PV for Senegal

Senegal solar photovoltaic install health center

Senegal-based Prosolia Energie Solaire, a filial of Spain’s solar energy developer Prosolia Energy, has formalized an accord with the Senegalese Ministry of Energy and Mines in Dakar to install 13 MW worth of photovoltaics in the...

Germany’s CDU seeks to abolish EEG

European flags

While Germany's FDP politicians call for a rapid reform of the EEG, and the transition to a quota system in the medium term, the CDU party is setting its sights on Europe. Following the EU Energy Commissioners’ requests for the...

Suntech reduces PV production; announces job cuts

Suntech Arizona solar photovoltaic Module manufacturing facility

China-based Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd has announced it will reduce photovoltaic module production by over 30% at its facility located in Arizona. It will also cut around 50 jobs.

China: New leadership in Beijing and plenty of promise for distributed PV in Guangdong

Li Keqiang

Organized by SEMI China, the Distributed PV Application and Commercialization Forum opened today in Shunde, Guangdong province. Overall, it was felt that China’s new Presidential appointments will bode well for the domestic...

We’re under no pressure to sell modules at a loss – Canadian Solar CEO

A Canadian Solar photovoltaic project in Germany.

Tier 1 photovoltaic module supplier Canadian Solar has released Q3 figures that show declines in the volume of modules shipped and in revenue, thus culminating in a net quarterly loss of US$43.7million.

Industry analysis: Half of tier 3 polysilicon suppliers face bankruptcy

Polysilicon for solar photovoltaics.

The bleak outlook for the global polysilicon industry has been laid bare by the prediction that half of the world's tier 3 polysilicon suppliers face bankruptcy in the months ahead.

PPA signed for 50 MW New Mexico PV park

The American flag

El Paso Electric Company (EPE) has signed a PPA for Element Power's 50 MW Macho Springs photovoltaic plant near Deming, New Mexico.

Conduit invests in 2 Peruvian PV plants

The Tacna solar park in Peru.

New York-based private equity investment firm Conduit Capital Partners LLC has revealed the details of its investment in two Peruvian solar plants worth 40 MW.

SolarWorld announces significant Q3 losses

SolarWorld Freiburg facility

SolarWorld AG has suffered significant losses in the first three quarters of 2012, compared to the previous year. To improve the situation it will, among other measures, cut back on personnel. The company is very firmly laying...

Moderate solar growth envisioned for UAE

Abu Dhabi desert

According to a new survey, moderate not major growth is predicted for the United Arab Emirate’s solar industry. The results were presented at Solarpraxis’ Solar Industry Summit – Middle East 2012, held today in Dubai. Meanwhile,...

32 MW PV plant given go ahead in UK

5 MW solar photovoltaic plant UK

Lark Energy has received planning permission to build the U.K’s largest photovoltaic plant in Leicestershire. It is expected to be online before the end of next March.

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