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Hemlock to close Tennessee polysilicon site

Hemlock Semiconductor majority owner Dow Corning has decided to abandon the never-opened polysilicon facility in Clarksville, citing price pressures and Chinese tariffs. 50 employees will be affected.


First Solar takes strategic step into residential solar market

First Solar ground-mount installation.

The U.S. thin-film giant has acquired an equity stake in Clean Energy Collective as it looks to branch out into community solar.


Uganda greenlights inaugural 10 MW solar plant

Mounta Khadam, Uganda.

The PV installation will be developed by Dubai's Access Power MEA and once complete will become the largest independent power project in sub-Saharan Africa.


Multi-GW PV plans shape India's bold solar strategy

Indian PV installation.

Large, multi-GW projects from some of India's leading energy companies have been announced this week as the country reignites its passion for PV.


Pakistan waives solar panel import taxes

Pakistan's Cholistan region.

As part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's renewable energy push, Pakistan is to scrap the 5% customs duty on imported solar panels.


Hanergy Holding sells Global Solar to subsidiary for $1

Hanergy HQ.

Thin film aspirant Hanergy has shuffled the ownership of its flexible CIGS acquisition Global Solar. Hanergy Holding has sold 'the entire issued capital' of Global Solar to subsidiary Hanergy Hi-Tech for $1.


Two solar projects to add 52 MW to Japan grid

Solar Frontier Japanese installation.

Japan PV to be boosted by a 37 MW installation from Itochu Corp. and a 15 MW solar plant Takara Leben that will use Solar Frontier's CIS thin-film modules.


Sharp looking to offload US solar unit

Recurrent Energy HQ.

The Japanese firm's US-based solar company Recurrent Energy is reportedly up for sale as Sharp seeks ways to raise its equity ratio.


Duke Energy’s 128 MW North Carolina PV project approved

Duke Energy U.S. PV installation.

The project will comprise three solar PV plants dotted across the state, with First Solar involved as EPC and Yingli Solar supplying solar panels.


US solar producers cannot satisfy domestic demand, ITC hearing told

SolarWorld U.S. HQ.

The import of Chinese and Taiwanese solar cells and modules helped, not harmed, the U.S. solar industry say foreign suppliers on day one of the ITC hearing.


Yingli, Huawei sign MoU for Thai solar projects

Thailand flag.

The Chinese giants have teamed up with Solventia Solar Energy and Kasikornbank to sign a memorandum of understanding that will provide turnkey solar power solutions throughout Thailand.


Canada announces anti-dumping measures against Chinese solar modules

Ontario solar park.

Message from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announces initiation of investigation against alleged dumping of PV modules and laminates originating from China.


Analysis: Hanwha merger creates top-five module supplier

A Hanwha factory.

The news today that Hanwha Q Cells and Hanwha SolarOne will merge has captured headlines but certainly was not completely unexpected. This is the reaction of Stefan de Haan, research manager and principle analyst at IHS Solar,...


Hanwha SolarOne to merge with Hanwha Q CELLS

Hanwha Q CELLS will see its entire stock bought out by Hanwha SolarOne in a deal worth more than $1.2bn.

Hanwha SolarOne will pay $1.2bn to acquire Germany's Hanwha Q CELLS stock as ongoing disputes between China and the U.S. and EU force a strategic rethink.


Portugal's net-metering law raises faint hopes

Microgeneration PV Portugal.

Approval of law could propel solar sector into the fast lane, where PV is still playing catch-up to a soaring wind industry.


Global DG market to double by 2023, says Navigant Research

Rooftop PV installation.

The growth of distributed generation technologies is propelling DG energy to new heights, and could see the sector reach 165 GW by 2023.


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