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INRG Solar targets 100 MW UK installations by 2015

Durdle Door, Dorset, England.

The British solar developer plans to bolster its utility-scale portfolio in advance of the introduction of reduced support schemes next April.


Panasonic ramps up Li-ion battery production

Panasonic smart energy system graphic

Panasonic Corporation will begin mass production of its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system, which has been developed for European residential homes kitted out with solar.


Nanosolar secures funds for expansion

Nanosolar solar thin film

Nanosolar Inc. has secured US$70 million in new capital, which it will use to boost the company’s business activities going forward.


Konarka files for bankruptcy

konarka solar photovoltaic thin film technology

Organic solar film manufacturer, Konarka Technologies, Inc. is the latest solar company to file for bankruptcy protection under chapter 7 of the U.S. Federal bankruptcy laws.


SolarWorld announces job cuts

Solar World solar photovoltaic module production

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese "dumping" prices have been cited as a key reason.


France: Demand for PV high, despite FIT cuts

French residential rooftop solar photovoltaic system

In spite of the sharp decrease in feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in the last 12 months in France, photovoltaic systems are still in high demand from French consumers.


Insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun HQ

Germany’s Charlottenburg district court opened insolvency proceedings for Odersun AG on June 1, following the company's failure to find an investor.


Komax Solar lays off 70 workers

Swiss flag

In response to the "persistently challenging economic environment", Komax Holding AG has announced that Komax Solar will lay off around 70 workers.


California: New roofs must be solar ready from 2014

solar photovoltaic installation on US rooftop

The California Energy Commission has introduced new energy efficient standards for all new residential and commercial buildings. The new measures mean that from January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs.


Solar stocks suffer tough month

Bull and bear

A tough month on global financial markets, with the main U.S. indices posting losses of around six percent and Europe, fairing a little worse, was exacerbated for solar stocks, as key governmental decisions impacted upon prices.


UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities’ clean future

Beijing

This week brought encouraging news from China regarding the development of smart grids to help enable the smart and sustainable cities of tomorrow. In addition to the key role solar can play, the need to focus on technology...


PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...


Inventux lets 67 employees go

Inventux HQ

Inventux’s insolvency administrator has, after fruitless negotiations with Germany’s labor agency, let 67 employees go, mainly from the already significantly-reduced production side.


SolarBridge obtains $25 million for expansion

SolarBridge solar photovoltaic microinverter

U.S.-based photovoltaic microinverter company, SolarBridge Technologies has secured US$25 million in Series D funding.


Future of Germany’s PV industry discussed

German solar photovoltaic park

Industry experts are currently discussing the future of the German solar market in Berlin, following the amendments to the country’s renewable energy law (EEG).


Motech to sell US polysilicon facilities

Polysilicon

Motech Industries Inc. has announced it will sell off its U.S. polysilicon manufacturing operations, due to the "drastically" changing solar industry and weak economies of scale.


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