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SMA seeks to cut costs by $180m

SMA inverters.

German inverter manufacturer expects earnings before tax of around $850m this year. The Niestetal-based company announced this week, 1,600 jobs will go by the end of June.


Brazilian PV developers pitch for 2.7 GW

Rio de Janeiro.

The first federal energy auction to feature solar in Brazil has prompted applications for 2.7 GW of projects. Some 1.75 GW of the applications are for projects in Bahia state.


US-based solar franchise Solar Universe acquires GEN110

Solar Universe positions itself at the forefront of the U.S. solar industry with acquisition of GEN110 as part of its ongoing expansion.


Plans for 12 Russian PV plants still at negotiation stage

The Urals.

An Avelar Energy representative told pv magazine, plans for PV plants in three Russian regions are still at the planning stage. An Interfax report says the plants will total 120 MW of solar.


SolarWorld lodges two trade-case appeals to Court of International Trade in New York

SolarWorld Industries America Inc. submits two appeals against U.S. Department of Commerce findings they claim weakened their position in countering Chinese "illegal trade aggression."


OPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program Rules

Ontario Power Authority (OPA) publishes FIT 3 draft of proposed update to FIT 2.1 Program Rules, intended to reflect the policy decisions of the Minister of Energy in time for the next FIT application period.


EU protectionism report steers clear of indicting Chinese manufacturers

The flags of the EU and China.

Any mention of Chinese state subsidies for solar manufacturers is conspicuous by its absence in the 190-page report. Move to foster 'new energy' industry from 2011 onwards is the closest report comes to criticism.


Diehl Controls cuts 50 jobs

Photovoltaic manufacturer Diehl Controls plans to let go of 50 employees in its production facility in Wangen, Germany. The works council and trade union have already agreed upon a severance package for the employees.


China’s PV dominance driven by production scale, not lower labor costs, study finds

Joint US study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests Chinese PV advantage could be replicated globally with further innovation.


India: Propects looking bleak for cell manufacturers

Indian crystalline silicon PV cell manufacturers saw their manufacturing capacity fall to a five-year low this year. Majority of the production tools are now idle.


Poland: Energy policy U-turn

End of spring, an informal working group started meeting regularly at the Polish Prime Minister's Office to analyse the energy market situation and the promotion of renewable energy sources. The outcome: FITs in Poland and a...


PV inverter shipments fall in 2Q13

The latest report from IHS shows worldwide market shipments for solar PV inverters declining 5% year-on-year in the second quarter. The demand fall in key European markets has contributed to the decrease, a first since the third...


Rapid expansion of renewables can pay off

A recent study by green electricity provider Greenpeace Energy has found that rapid expansion of renewable energy can lead to strong cost savings by 2030 in the billions range. The authors argue that consequential costs of coal...


Juwi starts development in Romania

Photovoltaic project developer juwi has started work on two solar parks totalling 12 MWp in Romania. The company has an EPC contract with Chinese investor HiSun PV and their partner Abacus Renewables for these projects. Both...


SolarWorld to bring 500 kW of carport solar power to four Californian parks

SolarWorld Americas has begun work on constructing solar carports totaling more than 500 kW of power across four public parks in California, US.


First Solar and China Sunergy urge Indian government to drop dumping investigation

U.S. and Chinese manufacturers claim that India’s government is acting beyond the scope of its powers in a dumping probe they describe as "flawed."


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