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IHS: Top 10 predictions for global PV market in 2015

California: 26 MW Borrego I

Among the market research firm's forecasts for the coming year: California will become global leader in solar power penetration. By the end of 2015, California -- the largest renewable power market in the United States -- will...

Solar fire and theft protection

Fires and theft have become growing problems for the solar industry. Leto Solar is now waiting for a patent for its HĖMOS technology which, the company claims, enables the development of solar panels with capabilities to combat...

US hits 7.7 GW of cumulative PV capacity

US Solon solar photovoltaic park

On the back of another record year for the U.S. PV market, which saw 3.31 GW installed, 2013 forecasts are for 4.3 GW of new capacity. However, while utility-scale projects dominated the PV landscape in 2012, the sector is not...

MEMC proposes name change; unveils financing division and 2013 outlook

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. is considering a name change to SunEdison to "better reflect" its business. It has also announced the establishment of SunEdison Capital and released its expectations for 2013.

India: Domestic PV manufacturing capacity reaches 2 GW

India solar photovoltaic manufacturing

According to India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), domestic manufacturing capacity of photovoltaic cells and modules has grown to 2 GW. It also estimates India’s potential solar power per square kilometer to be 30...

SolarWorld delays release of 2012 financial figures

SolarWorld solar photovoltaic production Germany

SolarWorld AG has delayed the release of its Q4 and FY 2012 financial report while it continues to work on a restructuring plan. Görg law firm and Houlihan Lokey investment bank have been brought in to help.

Suntech shuts Arizona PV module factory

Suntech Arizona solar photovoltaic module production facility

Less than three years after the announcement of its opening, and on the back of insolvency rumors, Suntech is closing its Goodyear photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Arizona, the U.S.

Japan: PV demand growing faster than expected; new FIT rates proposed

Japan solar photovoltaic project

The Japanese photovoltaic market has significantly changed since the introduction of FITs last July. With domestic demand growing faster than expected, Japan's Government has proposed a FIT reduction of around 10%.

7th Fab Managers Forum: PV industry drought continues

IHS PV graphic 2013 Fab Managers Forum

2013 will be another tough year for the photovoltaics industry, although global markets continue to grow. This was the message on the first day of SEMI Europe's Fab Managers Forum, held yesterday in Berlin, Germany.

Up to half of RES investment could come from institutional investors

Germany solar photovoltaic park Belectric

A new study by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) finds that institutional investors could supply between a quarter to a half of the investment needed to fund renewable energy system (RES) projects through to 2035. Barriers...

India: Same again for Karnataka round two

Solar panels in India.

The Indian state of Karnataka has announced the second round of allocations under its solar policy and is seeking to generate 130 MW of projects to follow on from last year's 80 MW.

Canadian Solar: Bad debts and arbitration hit the accounts

A Canadian Solar photovoltaic plant.

The key number in the fourth quarter and full year figures released by Canadian Solar is the company's general and administrative expenses which, the company says, unfairly skew perceptions of its performance in 2012.

Inverter manufacturer announces global projects

A Saudi solar farm.

German inverter manufacturer Kaco new energy GmbH has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi electronics company AEC to make and distribute its products from Riyadh.

APAC to account for 11 GW of PV demand

solar photovoltaic installation

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is forecast to account for 11 of the expected 31 GW of photovoltaic demand in 2013, according to NPD Solarbuzz. China is expected to compensate for a demand decrease in Germany. Meanwhile, supply...

First Solar joins Desertec as shareholder

The planned Desertec project in Tunisia.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) has announced some welcome good news with U.S. thin film giant First Solar coming on board as a shareholder in the project.

US: SolarCity adds photovoltaic customers but losses widen

A Solar City installer.

SolarCity's impressive new customer numbers and MW deployment figures fail to mask the fact the California-based solar company's losses widened in a tough 2012.

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