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SolarWorld restructuring triggers 50 MW supply deal

Frank Asbeck of SolarWorld.

Satisfactory resolution of the company's annual general meeting 2014 culminates in the announcement of a 50 MW solar module delivery order.

Switzerland contemplating major shift to PV

A picture of a swiss flag, taken from a boat.

With a new energy framework only months away, photovoltaics is shaping up as the prime candidate to replace the nuclear reactors on which the country draws around 40 percent of its power.

Germany: Environment minister rethinks taxes on Chinese manufacturers


German Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier is for the implementation of anti-dumping lawsuits against Chinese manufacturers in the European context, should there be evidence of unfair competition.

IMS Research: Italian market set to decrease by over 40 percent in 2013

An Italian pv power plant.

New research published by IMS Research indicates that due to a surge in installations, the money set aside for Italy’s fifth Conto Energia will be insufficient to fund the scheme, and the Italian market will effectively be...

Australia: 750,000 homes install 1.7 GW

A farm house with a ground-mounted solar array.

In another sign of the steady growth in the Australian solar market, figures released today show that more than 750,000 homes now feature photovoltaic arrays. This brings cumulative capacity, on residential rooftops, to 1.7 GW.

UCLA develops transparent solar cell

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a highly transparent solar cell for building integration.

Trading insults: China launches AD probes against USA and South Korea

A picture of polysilicon.

Turnabout is fair play—or rather, fair trade, according to China, which on July 20 announced that it would launch countervailing duty (CVD) and anti-dumping (AD) investigations against the U.S. solar industry, as well as an AD...

First Solar receives Ex-Im bank boost

A First Solar photovoltaic module.

The U.S. Export-Import bank has authorized two loans worth US$57.3 million to support the development of three photovoltaic power plants in India, which will use First Solar thin film modules.

Amonix’s fab closure stokes PV political fires

A photo of the Amonix fab.

In the highly politicized debate surrounding renewable energy in the U.S., the closure of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) manufacturer Amonix’s Nevada fab has cause much debate among lawmakers.

China considers raising PV target to over 25 GW

Chjina solar photovoltaic plant Golmud 20 MW

According to industry analyst, Jefferies, China is mulling the possibility of again raising its 2015 photovoltaic target to over 25 GW. Meanwhile, it says feed-in tariff troubles have arisen, which may affect internal rates of...

US: Scandal 'Abounds' in Obama administration

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules

On the back of Abound’s bankruptcy announcement, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has held a hearing, during which former executives testified. While the process has been branded an "Obama bashing"...

US: Federal-backed Amonix closes CPV facility

Amonix CPV facility

According to media reports, U.S.-based concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) company, Amonix has closed its manufacturing plant down in North Las Vegas. The company was said to have been subsidized by more than US$20 million in federal...

Sovello announces significant job cuts

Sovello photovoltaic production image

The insolvent Sovello AG has said that 475 of its employees will be let go. Meanwhile, negotiations are underway with "seriously" interested Asian investors. However, it is not clear if they will be concluded before August 1.

REC confident despite recording significant Q2 EBIT loss

REC Norway photovoltaic wafer facility

REC looks to be in a good position following its new credit and issuance of new shares. Despite this, impairment charges related to the company's fixed assets at its manufacturing facility in Singapore have significantly impacted...

Sunways ends Deutsch Solar wafer contracts early

Sunways photovoltaic components

Sunways AG has announced it will end two long term photovoltaic wafer contracts with Deutsche Solar GmbH early, following agreement by both parties. The decision has been attributed to the current market conditions.

Q.Cells to continue operations

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following a meeting of Q.Cells’ creditors, the insolvent photovoltaic company has been given the go ahead to continue on with its operations. The insolvency administrator’s position has further been confirmed. Restructuring...

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