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IHS: Global solar PV pipeline surpasses 200 GW

California Enfinity solar PV plant

The extension of the ITC in the U.S. has bolstered the country's PV sector, leading to the biggest growth in the global pipeline. Around the world, the trend towards increased system sizes is apparent, with two-thirds of the...

Malaysia: Saudi Arabian company to develop polysilicon plant

Malaysian state Sarawak will develop a new US$1.6 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant which is slated to start operations in 2016.

Japan: PV on the ascent, but nuclear power uncertainty remains

The Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that the total combined renewable energy capacity between April 2012 and January 2013 has reached 1,394 MW. Photovoltaic capacity alone accounted for...

What does Suntech’s insolvency mean for solar?

Suntech Wuxi image

When Suntech defaulted on $541 million of convertible U.S. bonds in March, solar players across the world were watching. The very public, and long-expected, failure of the former poster boy of solar, Zhengrong Shi, has left the...

SolarWorld expects losses of more than €0.5 billion

SolarWorld solar photovoltaic Freiburg Germany

SolarWorld AG has said it expects a loss of more than half a billion euros. The German company has also reported the loss of around half its share capital.

177W modules rolling off Solar Frontier’s production lines

The audience at the Thin Film Forum.

Japanese thin film producer Solar Frontier has announced a milestone module efficiency during Thin Film Week in Berlin. Speaking at the Thin Film Forum, head of product management, Ichiro Sugiyama, said that a champion module...

Germany’s PV storage incentive program will come into force on May 1

battery storage

Germany will launch its support program for photovoltaic battery storage systems on May 1. Funding totaling €25 million will be available in the first year from German state bank KfW.

250 MW PV plant planned for Spain

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An autonomous community of western Spain, Extremadura has received an official proposal to build a 250 MW photovoltaic plant in the Royanejos municipal.

Clenergy plans 300 MW PV project for China

Lijiang Town China

Clenergy has announced it will develop 300 MW worth of photovoltaic power plants in China’s Lijiang city by the end of 2015 together with CGN Solar Energy.

Suntech may sell GSF stake

Suntech Wuxi solar photovoltaic

According to reports, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd may sell its stake in the Global Solar Fund Sicar (GSF Sicar), in a bid to reduce its over US$2 billion debt mountain.

Solimpeks working on 500 kW Turkish PV plant

Burdur, Turkey

Solimpeks subsidiary, Seiso is currently working on a 500 kW photovoltaic rooftop plant in Turkey. It is expected to be one of the biggest projects of its kind in the country, when completed next month.

China: Hefei government takes over LDK Solar subsidiary

LDK Solar branding

An affiliate of the Hefei City government in China has agreed to purchase LDK Solar subsidiary, LDK Solar High-Tech (Hefei) Co., Ltd for around RMB 120 million (US$19.4 million, €14.7 million). Originally the subsidiary was to be...

Grid integration: India looks to Germany

Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Alok Srivastava seeks German cooperation to bring grid integration technology to India.

Thin film opportunities as PV downturn draws to a close

Thin film forum 2013, photovoltaics, solar energy

Despite the declining market share of thin film technologies in global photovoltaics, as the market emerges from the current downturn, opportunities will present in various niches. This was one of the key messages delivered by...

Solen reports insolvency

PV manufacturer Solen was unable to repay the interest on a loan within the stipulated time period. Two meetings with creditors to decide on a moratorium failed, due to the lack of interest and participation. The board is left...

ReneSola launches bankability book to secure more financing

ReneSola solar photovoltaic facility Jiangsu China

In a bid to persuade lenders to cough up more cash, ReneSola has launched a Bankability Book which, it says, provides a "comprehensive guide" to its business, and will help European and U.S. businesses, in particular, secure...

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