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Vikram Solar completes India's first floating PV plant

Floating solar plant, New Town, Kolkata.

The 10 kWp R&D installation has been commissioned to assess the scalability of the technology as India explores ways to make solar energy available anywhere.

Cost reduction and innovation the key for struggling PV laminator producers

Laminator solar photovoltaic fully autmoated cross wiring process

Photovoltaic laminator producers see little sign of any upturn in the months ahead, on the back of a tumultuous 2012. Weak demand and factory closures are characterizing the industry, as are overcapacity and U.S. sanctions on...

Singulus Technologies and M-Cells to cooperate on cell production

PV equipment producer Singulus Technologies and solar cell manufacturer M-Cells have signed a letter of intent to expand technological cooperation for commercial production of crystalline silicon cells.

Solarcon 2013: PV Restructuring in China

China solar photovoltaic park Golmund

It is clear the fall from grace of one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers – a key topic at this year’s Solarcon China 2013 – will impact other Chinese top-tier companies. Other discussion points at the event included...

Bosch solar exit official; 3,000 jobs at stake

Bosch Arnstadt

After months of speculation, Bosch has today confirmed it will exit the crystalline solar sector. As of 2014, the German company will cease production of its photovoltaic ingots, wafers and cells. It will also "quickly" sell its...

Germany's Mounting Systems strengthens international business

Mounting Systems GmbH

Given the stagnating European market conditions, Mounting Systems GmbH based in Rangsdorf, Germany, is reinforcing its international activities. By mid-year, the company will open a branch in Japan. It is also currently...

A greener Apple

Apple has managed to up its renewable energy utilization by 114% from 2010, according to the new environment report released by the company. As one of the top global brands, the corporate giant's goal is to power every Apple...

Germany: No cuts for existing PV installations

The "brake on electricity price" action proposed by German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier seems to be off the table. An energy summit of federal and state representatives at the chancellery brought no end-solution. Further...

EU industry committee favors renewable energy FITs over quotas

European Union flags

A European Committee has spoken out in favor Germany-style renewable energy (EEG) feed-in tariffs, as opposed to a European-wide quota model, despite opposition from the EU Energy Commissioner.

Australia retains renewable energy target

Despite efforts by some Australian utility companies and industry groups to see Australia’s Renewable Energy Targets (RET) wound back, the government has decided to maintain them. Utilities are having an impact elsewhere, with...

Wuxi Suntech insolvency official

Suntech Wuxi solar photovoltaic modules

The Wuxi Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Jiangsu Province, China, has officially accepted the petition for the insolvency and restructuring of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd’s main subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech Power Co.,...

UK: Little in budget for PV

People walking down a street.

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has posted its disappointment over the 2013 U.K. Budget, handed down by chancellor George Osborne yesterday. On a range of measures, there appears little support for photovoltaics.

Global microgrid market to grow

Research and consulting firm GlobalData's latest report shows that the global microgrid market will be worth US$18.9 billion in 2020. This will be a significant increase from the US$5.3 billion reaped in 2012.

Germany: EnBW believes grid expansion can be partially avoided

Plant and grid operators start a progressive pilot project for better grid integration. This was presented at the "PV System Technology Forum" in Düsseldorf, Germany.

MEA region PV demand to reach 1 GW in 2013

A Phoenix Solar system in Saudi Arabia.

In a report released today, NPD Solarbuzz has predicted that photovoltaic demand from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will total 1 GW in 2013. This represents a 625% increase on the 136 MW of demand in 2012.

Germany’s proposed electricity price break faces failure

Germany March 2013 protest

Talks between Germany’s Federal Environment Minister and state representatives ended inconclusively yesterday. As such, no agreement on the electricity price break is expected this week.

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