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Leading UK solar firms challenge government plans to end subsidies

UK Martifer-Lightsource plant

In their ongoing battle against government plans to end the RO support scheme for large-scale PV, solar companies are now banking on the courts to overturn the proposal.

2011 "pivotal" for US as solar identified as fastest growing industry

Solar Energy Systems installed this 49.1 kW solar PV System on the rooftop on the Novelty Crystal Corporation in Queens, New York.

A new research report has found that solar is the leading industry in the U.S. However, there are still hurdles such as red tape and financing to overcome if it wants to continue on its strong growth path.

LDK expands cell capacity

Hefei skyline, China

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has expanded its annual photovoltaic cell capacity to 570 megawatts, having added a new manufacturing site in Hefei City, China.

04. April 2011 | | Comment now

Gehrlicher opens UK subsidiary

Jens Schnoor

Despite the country’s current feed-in tariff furor, Gehrlicher Solar AG has opened a UK subsidiary. It expects start work on photovoltaic installations soon.

Ontario: Alderville to see 5 MW PV system installed

Franco Traverso, president and CEO of Silfab Ontario

Alderville First Nation and Silfab Ontario Inc. have signed a contract, under which Silfab will deliver modules for a five megawatt (MW) photovoltaic farm, to be installed in the Southeastern Ontario community.

4.3 MWp worth of PV to be installed on Spanish greenhouses

ITS Power 4.2MW photovoltaics project, near Granada, Spain Computer impression

ITS Power has announced it will install 4.3 megawatts worth of photovoltaics on greenhouses near Granada, Spain.

PV: Spain approves 116 MW for Q1 2011

Satellite image of Spain

The Spanish Ministry for Industry has announced the approvals for new PV installations which have the right to obtain the feed-in tariff. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, the new, reduced tariffs will come into effect.

Suntech responds to SolarWorld threat

Siemens PV panels

Competition in the PV sector is getting tougher, and companies are getting nervous. Suntech has reacted calmly to reported attacks from German competitor SolarWorld.

31. March 2011 | | Comment now

Sunways records best financial growth in history

Michael Wilhelm, chairman of the management board and CEO of Sunways

Sunways AG achieved its best financial results to date in fiscal year 2010. Looking ahead, the company expects sales and EBIT growth to continue, however, they are predicted to be lower than last year.

31. March 2011 | | Comment now

LDK finalizes Solar Power acquisition

LDK Solar building

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has acquired a 70 percent stake in Solar Power, Inc. for approximately $33 million.

31. March 2011 | | Comment now

S.A.G. Solarstrom remains upbeat

S.A.G. Solarstrom Freiburg building

Following successful international expansion, S.A.G. Solarstrom AG is looking forward to a positive 2011, with modest sales, and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increases.

PV: Second quarter 2011 predicted to be "exceptionally challenging"

general PV panel pic

According to new research, the global PV market demand has got off to a weak start, with price reductions failing to boost the market. Furthermore, the second quarter of the year is predicted to be "exceptionally challenging".

New Energy and NREL enter into R&D agreement

Screen shot of New Energy Technologies SolarWindow website page

New Energy Technologies, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

30. March 2011 | | Comment now

SMA doubles 2010 sales; focuses on international markets

SMA inverter building

SMA Solar Technology AG has concluded a successful 2010 fiscal year, having doubled its sales and set a new earnings record. The focus for 2011, it says, is on further internationalization.

meeco group outlines PV expansion plans

meeco PV installation

In an exclusive interview, the meeco AG outlines its international PV expansion plans to pv magazine. In addition to South America, India and Africa are key markets.

Spain stops subsidies for 350 solar plants

Spanish flag

Spain’s national energy commission, CNE has suspended solar subsidies for 350 installations, after finding that that they were not generating electricity when they claimed to be.

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