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Germany: just a gigawatt in the first half of 2014

German rooftop installation

A combined 189 MW of PV plants were registered in Germany in June, bringing the amount of new installed PV capacity to just 1,000 MW in the first six months of the year.

Belectric EPC on 5.7 MW US scheme

The Lake County solar park.

German solar company Belectric performed EPC and will carry out operations and maintenance for a 5.7 MW photovoltaic installation at Lake County, Oregon.

SolarWorld seeks to refinance debt mountain

Solar World module production.

SolarWorld AG, Germany's leading solar panel producer and the manufacturer most active in petitioning the EU and U.S. authorities to bring anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports, is seeking to restructure its debt pile.

Hanwha Q.Cells supplies Davos solar rooftop

Hanwha solar modules.

Given the number of world leaders gathering to argue over topics such as the global economic malaise and whether Britain really wants to be in the EU or not, you might imagine enough hot air would be spouted annually at the World...

PV division obliterates Bosch Group's 2012 profits


The impact of plunging PV prices throughout 2012 has been graphically illustrated with the release of full-year figures by global technology giant Bosch.

JA Solar supplies VW's largest solar installation

Phoenix Solar.

Chinese module maker JA Solar has supplied 33,600 modules for the largest solar installation in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Nuclear to play second fiddle to renewables in western Europe

A nuclear power station in the UK.

With the UK government under fire as opponents of its Energy Bill claim it is biased towards nuclear and gas at the expense of renewables, new research could make interesting reading for Tory Chancellor George Osborne.

PV manufacturers' roadmap goes international

JA Solar's factory in Hebei Ningjin.

The latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV) will be presented in Berlin in March.

1.1 GW of new solar capacity in India in 2013

A solar installation in India.

With 4.4 GW of new solar projects expected to be announced in India in 2013, only around 1.1 GW will be online by the end of the year, according to consultants Bridge to India.

Debt-ridden LDK sells off another 12% stake

Stock market traders are enjoying a volatile relationship with solar shares.

The carve-up of debt ridden LDK Solar continued with the disclosure yesterday that the British Virgin Islands-registered Fulai Investments Ltd has paid US$31.1 million for a 12% stake in the ailing Chinese manufacturer.

Polysilicon price could rise in March… slightly


There are indications falling polysilicon production is starting to address the long-standing global oversupply and helping the price of the solar material stabilize, according to consultants IHS i-Suppli.

Oil price driving PV development in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi.

U.S. solar module manufacturer-turned-plant-developer First Solar is targeting the Middle East and north Africa as a growth market as oil and gas-rich nations look to reduce their domestic reliance on such fuels to maximize...

Upgrading grids "our lifeline" – TÜV Rheinland chief

A TÜV Rheinland operative at work.

The CEO of solar testing company TÜV Rheinland has called on politicians in Germany and the European Union to make a huge effort to upgrade grids because, he told an audience at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, "our...

Chile prepares to add 2.2 GW of solar power generation

A Saferay solar installation in Chile.

Chile's National Energy Commission (CNE) says it is feasible to connect up to 2.2 GW of solar plants to the national grid over the next 15 years, in a newly published plan for the expansion of the national transmission system.

US losing its share of $1tn global solar revenues

A First Solar photovoltaic installation in Rajasthan.

A report into the future of the U.S. clean energy industry has called upon President Obama and Congress to introduce measures to ensure the country does not fall further behind in the global renewable energy revolution.

Gold Poly pays $270m for rooftop company

The Chinese flag.

Chinese cell manufacturer Gold Poly New Energy Holdings Ltd has acquired solar power plant developer China Merchants New Energy Holdings Ltd.

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