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Solarcentury builds first solar farm in Germany

Solarcentury's Calvoerde plant in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The leading U.K. solar company partnered with local firm Sybac Solar on the project, made possible by Germany's new auction tariff for ground-mounted installations. The company said its strong EPC expertise underpins its...


Solar stocks: China left for dead; FSLR, SPWR and WFR to rise

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China’s Suntech Power Holdings collapsed under the weight of its own inventory in March, leading to weeks of volatility in the solar equities market in New York. German companies have also seen stocks suffer a shaky month....


Dyesol on new investment, grid competitiveness and why silicon’s limitations have been exposed

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At the end of February, Dyesol secured A$4 million in funding with potential for a further A$16 million draw-down. The executive chairman speaks to pv magazine about what the investment means for the dye-sensitized photovoltaics...


Aleo solar posts €77 million loss

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German photovoltaic manufacturer aleo solar has announced a €77 million loss in its 2012 full-year financials, released today. The loss is more than double the €30.5 million the company lost in 2011.


Dow opens new Enlight encapsulate line

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While some firms along the photovoltaic supply chain scale back production and even shutter fabs, Dow has announced this week the start up of a new line for its Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film in Germany. The line will supply...


Phoenix Solar expects slight 2013 growth

Phoenix Solar photovoltaic module

Phoenix Solar AG expects to see "slight" growth in 2013, on the back of marginally improved 2012 financials. The U.S. and Asia are key growth regions for the German photovoltaic company, which recorded sales decreases of more...


Taiwan’s Powertec to produce 27,500 MT of polysilicon annually

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GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Powertec Energy Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Powertec will purchase polysilicon technology and equipment. The Taiwan-based company aims to reach a capacity...


Conergy records 2012 gains; expects significant 2013 sales increases

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Overall, the Conergy Group managed to reduce its 2012 losses, albeit slightly. Sales are expected to considerably improve in 2013. Meanwhile, business in Asia and the U.S. is forecast to significantly grow, and Eastern Europe...


Centrotherm, SolarWorld and Phoenix Solar cause big investor losses

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A German association for private investors has published its latest Top 50 list of "capital destroyers" in Germany. In 2013, every second company in the top 10 comes from the solar industry.


SMA records 2012 profit; not ruling out 2013 loss

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters

In a difficult market environment, even the world’s leading photovoltaic inverter manufacturer suffered revenue and earnings losses in 2012. Despite this, SMA did turn an overall profit. The Board has confirmed its 2013 forecast....


Uganda drops PV FIT program

Uganda solar photovoltaic panels for sale

Without announcement, Uganda has dropped its PV FIT program. Although other forms of renewable energy are still eligible for support, prices for PV power are said to have fallen enough worldwide to merit the removal of tariffs in...


Poland proposes more PV changes

Poland parliament

According to media reports, the Polish Government has implemented further solar subsidy changes to its renewable energy draft law. Under them, support will only be given to photovoltaic plants up to two MW in size.


Centrosolar sells solar glass division; suffers devastating 2012 losses

Centrosolar HQ

Centrosolar Group AG will sell its solar glass division off, following a year of devastating financial losses. The Germany-based company has also postponed the publication of its annual report and announced the continuation of...


Bad investment and US trade case led to Suntech fall

Suntech Wuxi

Failure to correctly vertically integrate its business operations, the impacts of the U.S.-Sino trade case and the fallout of the GSF Fund debacle all led to Suntech’s current situation, according to IHS Solar. Furthermore, the...


Bulgaria: Photovoltaic grid access fee revoked; appeals underway

Bulgaria solar photvoltaic plant

The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court has overruled the controversial grid access fee, introduced for photovoltaic producers in Bulgaria last September 18. The State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SWERC) has...


11.6 MW PV project commissioned in India’s Rajasthan

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India-based KSK Energy Ventures and U.S. company MiaSolé have commissioned an 11.6 MW CIGS thin film photovoltaic project in the Indian state of Rajasthan.


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