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Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...

France boosts FITs for rooftop PV 'Made in Europe'

France solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

In a positive announcement, the French government has said a feed-in tariff (FIT) bonus of 10% will apply to photovoltaic rooftop systems, which have been manufactured in Europe. Furthermore, tariffs for eligible systems will be...

Poland lowers PV support before law comes into force

Poland solar photovoltaic installation

Poland’s Ministry of Economy has published a third draft of its Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act, which is scheduled to come into play on January 1, 2013. Under the changes introduced, photovoltaics will see reduced...

Solar VC funding plummets

Miasole solar photovoltaic installation

According to the latest figures, venture capital (VC) funding in the solar industry has plummeted in Q3 2012, leading it to become the first sub-$100 million quarter since 2008 for the industry. On a positive note, solar leasing...

Applied Materials announces major workforce reduction

Applied Materials equipment

Applied Materials Inc. has announced it will cut between 900 and 1,300 jobs in a bid to realign its global workforce.

Aleo solar introduces reduced working hours

aleo solar HQ Germany

Aleo solar AG has announced it will not extend its temporary worker contracts in a bid to reduce inventory. It is expected that production will again be ramped up early next year.

PV Taiwan: China, Japan and EPC hold the key

Reasons to be cheerful and more opportunities to take advantage of. That's the consensus of PV Taiwan 2012, which closed its doors this afternoon in Taipei.

Japan: SMA will supply 70 MW project in Kagoshima City

SMA Solar Technology will supply a 70 MW solar project operated by Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp. in Kagoshima City, in southern Japan.

EPIA report anticipates a PV future for Europe

With release of its report "Connecting the sun: solar photovoltaics on the road to large scale grid integration", the European PV Industry Association (EPIA) predicts that solar PV can provide up to 25% of the continent's...

Germany: Ronneburg solar park inaugurated

Thuringia's Minister for Trade and Industry, Matthias Machnig has inaugurated a 20 MW solar park installed by juwi on a former uranium ore mine in Ronneburg. This is said to be the largest photovoltaic installation in the state.

Little daylight evident in Sunways' Q2 figures

Sunways AG has released its second quarter figures and, like the rest of the industry, the headline numbers make for grim reading.

Japan: Siliken will supply Japan Railway Group installation

State-owned Japan Railway Group has picked Siliken as its photovoltaic module supplier for its first installation in Kyushu, Japan.

India: Only 67.25 MW of PV added in last quarter

Bridge to India has released its October edition of the India Solar Compass. The report finds that between July and September there has been a drastic drop in PV capacity addition compared to prior quarters. The key question is...

Gestamp Solar to develop 300 MW of solar projects in Japan

Spanish company Gestamp Solar has partnered with Kankyo-Keiei for the development of solar projects in Japan, with a focus on rooftop installations. The projects are to be undertaken over a three year period.

Aster Capital leads financing round for SolarFuel

Venture capital firm Aster Capital, sponsored by Alstom, Solvay Rhodia and Schneider Electric, has announced a €4 million investment in SolarFuel GmbH. This is part of a €7.5 million financing round that Aster Capital is leading....

First Solar: Three transfer companies for employees planned

First Solar will stop its operations in Frankfurt Oder by the end of 2012. According to a media report, it is not going to be easy to find alternative jobs for its employees by the end of the year.

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