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Hanwha SolarOne achieves record third-quarter shipments while redudcing net loss

Hanwha SolarOne factory

Hanwha SolarOne on Friday reported record third-quarter shipments and an increase in revenue despite lower overall prices. While the Shanghai-based PV manufacturer remained in the red, it nevertheless managed to cut its loss by...

US: CASM appeals PV trade case loophole

China solar photovoltaic manufacturing

Appeals have been filed against the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent ruling that Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers may assemble and ship modules to the U.S. using solar cells produced in countries outside of China without...

TSMC hits 15% module efficiency

In another sign that TSMC Solar is achieving rapid efficiency gains, the Taiwanese manufacturer has announced it has achieved 15.1% module efficiency. The module sets a new record for monolithic thin film efficiency, using its...

France publishes PV FIT bonus details

France solar photovoltaic installation

The French government has published details of its 10% FIT bonus for PV systems produced in the European Union. In other news, French energy giant EDF has reportedly announced the construction of a new photovoltaic production...

Japan: Solar lifts the gloom for Kyocera

A Kyocera solar park.

Increasing demand for solar in Japan and the cost reductions found from the plunging price of polysilicon helped electronics giant Kyocera mitigate group losses from falls in demand for its non smartphone mobiles, PCs and flat...

Finland: Cencorp to open Finnish module production line

European flags.

Finnish company Cencorp Corporation has bucked the global trend of PV manufacturers by announcing its intent to start a production line in Europe.

Japan: Solar helps Panasonic trim costs

A Panasonic smart energy system.

Electronics giant Panasonic has released its consolidated figures for the last three quarters of 2012, noting a fall in demand for photovoltaics and lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

Solar market remains 'stock-still'

France 18.2 MW solar photovoltaic plant

It’s okay to blink. Most of the solar market is going nowhere fast – at least, nowhere that the risk-averse investor would want to be. The sector remains a challenging place to do business, as long as subsidies continue to shrink...

Japanese solar companies set to visit New Delhi

With foreign solar companies keen to enter the Indian market despite strict photovoltaic cell and module local content requirements, consultancy Bridge to India has arranged for prominent Japanese companies to meet with domestic...

Chile: Agreement for 100 MW plant in the Atacama desert

SunEdison and Chilean mining and steel group CAP have signed an agreement to develop a 100 MW PV power plant in the Atacama desert.

Spain's Siliken files for insolvency

Siliken HQ Spain

Valencia-based Siliken S.A., one of the largest players in the production of solar grade silicon and the manufacture of photovoltaic equipment in Spain, has filed for insolvency at the Commercial Court no. 1 in Valencia....

Cyprus issues licenses for 23 PV parks

Nicosia skyline Cyprus

The Cypriot Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has announced the results of its online tender with regards to the licensing of photovoltaic parks in the Republic of Cyprus.

Credit Suisse provides $40 million loan to Canadian Solar

Credit Suisse HQ building

Credit Suisse has said it will provide Canadian Solar Inc. with a US$40 million loan. The funds will be used to acquire photovoltaic projects in Canada.

Germany sets new PV installation record in 2012

Germany 2012 solar photovoltaic park 988 k Wp

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has again at the last minute released the latest photovoltaic installation figures and feed-in tariff (FIT) reductions. While last December saw just 330 MW of new plants added, a new installation...

LDK Solar receives CBD loan for polysilicon upgrade

LDK Solar branding

The China Development Bank Corporation (CDB) has approved a RMB 440 million (around US$70.7 million; €52.2 million) loan, which will be used towards a technology upgrade at LDK Solar’s Mahong Polysilicon Plant.

PV polysilicon utilization rates drop to under 70%


Average quarterly polysilicon plant utilization rates have fallen below 70% in the past six months, according to NPD Solarbuzz. While this has put many "aggressive" capacity expansions on hold, supply rationalization is helping...

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