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Russia may impose huge fines against leading solar developers

Moscow, Russia

While localization requirements continue to dog the construction of new PV plants in Russia, two companies have set up PV module fabs in the country.

GP Joule constructs 20.8 MW CIGS PV park in Germany

Q-Cells branding against photovoltaic modules

At 20.8 megawatts (MW), GP Joule has completed construction on what has been described as the world’s largest CIGS photovoltaic project. Today marks the opening ceremony.

MiaSolé increases efficiency and reduces cost

Some MiaSole black pv modules.

Californian copper, indium, gallium, (di)selenide (CIGS) start-up manufacturer MiaSolé announced earlier this week that it has simultaneously increased its module efficiency and reduced production cost per watt by 25 percent this...

T-Solar announces 61 MW PV pipeline

T-Solar thin film photovoltaic panels

T-Solar has announced it will install 61 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics in India and Peru over the next year.

Italy: €6 billion FIT limit almost reached; accusations of PV fraud arise

Q-Cells solar photovoltaic plant in Italy

There are fears that the €6 billion set aside for Italy’s solar market until 2016 could run out next year. Data has also emerged, which indicates that over 200 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic installations have been removed from...

Solutia grows Q3 sales

The Solutia logo.

U.S.-based chemical products company Solutia has reported its third quarter (Q3) financial results including a two percent increase in sales, from the same period in 2010, and a seven percent increase in earnings per share.

First Solar issues Q3 results early; slashes Q4 guidance

Man holding First Solar thin film photovoltaic module in US factory

In another surprise announcement from First Solar, the thin film manufacturer has released its third quarter (Q3) 2011 financial results today, as opposed to November 3. Going with the current trend, it has significantly reduced...

Solar-Fabrik AG closes Singapore cell fab

A worker in an apron working with a solar cell.

German module manufacturer and downstream developer Solar-Fabrik AG has announced today the closure of its Solar Energy Power (SEP) cell fab in Singapore. Solar-Fabrik had owned a 90 percent share in SEP since 2006.

Lukoil plans Uzbekistan’s largest solar project

Vagit Alekperov, president of Lukoil

Russian oil giant, Lukoil is planning a 100 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Uzbekistan, a former Soviet state located in Central Asia. Plans to establish a National Institute for Solar Energy in the country are also underway.

Class-action lawsuit launched against JinkoSolar

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange.

The fallout from JinkoSolar’s admitted environmental contamination continues as a class-action lawsuit is filed. Lawyers Howard G. Smith have launched the legal action on behalf of investors who have purchased JinkoSolar stock on...

REC announces permanent PV closures on back of negative Q3 results

REC's Singapore photovoltaic module production facility

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has officially announced the permanent closure of three of its photovoltaic production plants in Norway. The company has also reported negative third quarter (Q3) financial results.

First Solar CEO in midday exit

First Solar US HQ

First Solar chairman and company founder, Mike Aheran, has been appointed interim CEO in the wake of last night's shock announcement that Rob Gillette has left the company.

Meyer Burger to temporarily stop wire saw production

Meyer Burger HQ image

Another victim of the "highly volatile" solar market conditions, Meyer Burger has said it will stop production of its wire saws at MB Wafertec due to declining demand.

GCL-Poly enters solar integration business; plans 83 MW PV project

GCL-Poly polysilicon production facilities

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited has formally launched its solar system integration business. The company is also planning to build an 83 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in California.

Wirsol secures equity investor for 24 MW PV park

Germany 24.1MW crystalline silicon photovoltaic park, brandenburg

Wirsol Solar AG has secured a Japanese investor for its 24.1 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park, located near Berlin, Germany.

92.5 MW CSP plant planned for China

parabolic troughs

Hanas New Energy Group has begun construction on a concentrated solar power (CSP) project in China’s Gaoshawo town, in Yanchi county, Ningxia. It is said to be the first project of its kind in Asia.

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