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Fronius presses play on US manufacturing

Fronius production in Austria.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Austrian inverter supplier has begun production at a $1.5 million manufacturing and testing facility in the state of Indiana.

Germany: Head of SolarWorld accuses energy companies of destroying solar

Frank Asbec, SolarWorld

In a no-nonsense interview, Frank Asbeck accuses the energy companies of trying to destroy the solar industry in Germany. He further reiterates his criticisms of Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers.

Plummeting PV equipment revenues expected to recover in 2013

Photovoltaic equipment revenues have hit a 10 quarter (Q) low, according to the latest figures from NPD Solarbuzz. Despite this, the company is optimistic the market will pick up again in 2013, after bottoming-out in Q2 2012....

SunPower reduces manufacturing capacity in Philippines

SunPower’s Maxeon Gen E cells

SunPower has said it will consolidate its photovoltaic cell manufacturing at its Fab 1 in the Philippines, thus reducing capacity by 125 megawatts (MW). The company adds that it is on track to reduce manufacturing costs further.

Nativity scheme: Can Ontario require 'domestic content' for FIT eligibility?

80MW Sarnia Solar photovoltaic thin film Ontario project

Just how important is "home advantage" to players in the renewable energy sector? It could be a game changer, according to Japan and the European Union, both of which have brought complaints against Canada for violating the rules...

Hanwha Solar opens North American R&D center

Hanwha Solar ribbon cutting Santa clara R&D Facility

Korea-based Hanwha Solar has opened a new R&D center in Santa Clara, California. The goal is to develop next generation photovoltaic concepts, with a focus on efficiency and low cost.

Solar drives global clean energy spending rise

Germany solar photovoltaic plant

Global clean energy financing grew to record levels of US$263 billion (€200 billion) in 2011, with investment in solar accounting for just under half of the overall spend. The U.S., meanwhile, attracted the highest amount of...

Sharp and EGP complete 6 Italian PV projects

3Sun solar photovoltaic thin film factory Italy

Sharp Corporation and Enel Green Power (EGP) have completed six thin film photovoltaic projects in Italy worth 14.4 megawatts (MW).

Korea: Shinsung puts capacity plans on hold; shifts focus to PV project business

IGEE crowd shot 2012

In an interview with pv magazine Shinsung Solar Energy talks about its gigawatt capacity ramp up plans and photovoltaic project pipeline in Korea.

Gehrlicher Solar completes Brazilian football stadium PV project

Brazil Pituacu Football Stadium solar photovoltaic project

Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil S.A. has grid connected what it says is the first photovoltaic system on a South American football stadium. The 408 kilowatt peak (kWp) project is located on the Pituaçu stadium in Salvador de...

Italy: Fifth Conto Energia to come into effect when €6 billion ceiling reached; draft measures laid out

Italy solar photovoltaic rooftop

The Italian government has announced that the country’s new renewable energy law, Conto Energia V, will come into effect when the €6 billion photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) ceiling is reached – expected to be between this July...

PV leading renewable distributed energy generation

Solar City van and installation

The electric energy power industry is fundamentally changing, according to Pike Research, and photovoltaics has the potential to play a big role in future business models. Overall, the company has identified seven emerging...

S.A.G. Solarstrom shows increased 2011 sales, but falling EBIT

Italy Serenissima solar farm 48MWp

S.A.G Solarstrom recorded a better year than most in 2011, having achieved the lower end of its sales target. As with many though, the tough market conditions led to both a negative EBIT and consolidated annual result.

China: Talesun wins gigawatt solar module order

Talesun signs GW solar module contract

Solar cell and module manufacturer, Talesun has won a contract from China Merchants New Energy Group Ltd to supply up to one gigawatt worth of photovoltaic modules for solar farms in China and worldwide. The contract, worth...

PV suppliers stopping in house wafer production as prices plummet

Solar photovoltaic wafers

Many photovoltaic module suppliers are putting a halt to their in-house wafer production in light of drastically decreasing prices. According to IMS Research, wafer prices fell by over 70 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012.

Section 1603: Did the ends (75,000 jobs) justify the means (US$9.7 billion)?

Barack Obama

How many jobs did the U.S. government create through its $9.7 billion investment in 24,711 renewable energy projects? At least 75,000 overall, based on a report just released by the Golden, Colorado-based National Renewable...

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