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BNEF: Solar poised for rapid growth in Mexico and Central America

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has presented a new report which finds that investments in solar slumped in the region in the first half of 2014, after booming in 2012 and 2013. However, the company notes strong drivers and policy...

GCL-Poly’s half-year profits plunge

A GCL-Poly facility.

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier, GCL-Poly has announced weak half-year results, with revenues falling by 22.4% and gross profit by 109.3%. In a statement announcing the results, chairman and CEO, Zhu Gong Shan has...

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Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt places hope in South Korea

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following the news that Hanwha may take the insolvent Q.Cells SE over, Saxony-Anhalt is placing its hopes in South Korea. The state government is heading to there next week to hold discussions with potential investors.

Brazil: Renova Energia to move into solar sector

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Shareholders in Brazil’s renewable energy major, Renova Energia, approved a decision on August 22, which will see the company – until now a major wind developer – expand its activities into solar energy.

JinkoSolar reports improved Q2 financials

JinkoSolar solar photovoltaic modules

Chinese photovoltaic player, JinkoSolar has seen many financial improvements in Q2 2012, unlike many of its peers. While losses were recorded, particularly compared to Q2 2011, positive progress from Q1 has been made.

Draker and SPTI announce merger; raise $8 million in equity

Ray Burgess

Solar monitoring and asset management solution provider, Draker and Solar Power Technologies, Inc. (SPTI) have completed their merger. The new, combined company has also announced the closing of US$8 million worth of equity.

AQT Solar seeks support

According to reports, thin film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) manufacturer, AQT Solar is looking for support in the form of a new partner or buyer.

Centrotherm to close Austrian operations

Centrotherm HQ Germany

Germany-based centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced operations at its Vienna branch in Austria are to be discontinued.

Italy to be knocked out of top 3 PV markets

Greece solar photovoltaic plant thin film

New figures have revealed that new global photovoltaic installations surpassed 13 GW in the first six months of 2012. In 2H almost 18 GW is expected to be added. For the FY, Germany, China and the U.S. will be the leading...

China concludes US solar subsidies violate WTO rules

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has concluded that 6 renewable energy subsidies in the U.S. violate provisions made under the WTO Subsidy and Countervailing Measures Agreement and the Article 3 of 1994 General Agreement on...

IPVEA calls for PV associations to unite against EU trade case

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The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has criticized the trade complaint filed by a SolarWorld-led consortium in the EU against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. In response, it has called for the...

Switzerland cuts PV tariffs for a third time

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Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Switzerland will be reduced for a third time this year, from October 1.

Trina sees significant Q2 net loss; revises FY shipment guidance

Jifan Gao Trina Solar Chairman CEO

Industry overcapacity and demand constraints have been attributed to Trina Solar’s flailing Q2 2012 financials. In addition to recording a significant net loss, the company’s revenues fell and operating expenses increased....

Sovello abandons production

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From the end of August, the insolvent Sovello will stop all production on its photovoltaic product assembly lines. Almost all of the employees will be terminated. Meanwhile, investor discussions are said to be difficult.

Automated demand response key to intermittent renewables

California 20 MW Stroud solar photovoltaic station

Automated demand response, or AutoDR could cost-effectively help combat intermittent renewable energy supply, particularly in light of the current high costs of grid-connected storage batteries.

Juwi exits German PV rooftop business

Juwi solar photovoltaic rooftop

Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's...

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