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Trina, Vivint sign pact for Trinasmart modules in North America

Trina PV module production

Leading U.S. residential solar provider Vivint Solar will now offer Trina's smart panels to homeowners. The Trinasmart technology includes power optimization and monitoring built into the module junction box.


Spire posts Q1 loss of $2.6 million, 57% drop in sales

Spire Roger G Little

Reflecting the manufacturing slowdown in the global PV market, U.S. solar group Spire Corporation has posted a 57% drop in its first quarter revenue to $3.2 million.


PPAs signed for 417 MW in South Africa

South Africa's public utility Eskom has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) for nine photovoltaic projects worth 417.1 MW, under the country’s renewable energy expansion program. Meanwhile, the government has expressed concern...


SNEC: "Shanghai Declaration" calls for cooperation and negotiation

As global photovoltaic industry leaders assembled for the SNEC 2013 tradeshow and conference in Shanghai today, a declaration has been issued calling for a negotiation and conciliation approach to various solar trade disputes...


EU ProSun claims PV duties will create jobs

In reaction to the news that photovoltaic AD duties will likely be imposed on June 6 by the EU Commission, EU ProSun says they will have a "positive effect" on solar growth and jobs. Conversely, AFASE believes tariffs will cause...


PV wafer production forecast to grow 19% in 2013

Wafers Oregon DOT

After falling 15% in 2012, photovoltaic wafer production is expected to grow 19% this year, passing 30 GW and reaching 2011 levels, due in large part to growing Japanese demand, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz Polysilicon...


Centrosolar sees Q1 revenue drop 46% as domestic market worsens

Centrosolar HQ

Centrosolar Group AG's preliminary first quarter results reflected both a sharp decrease in the sale of PV modules and the general downturn in the German PV market.


ABB CEO resigns

An ABB worker.

Only days after signing a deal to expand ABB’s activities in PV, CEO Joe Hogan has resigned from his post. Hogan cited "private reasons" for his departure.


Thin film loophole to be closed in India

A satellite map of India.

A loophole in the commissioning of solar projects under India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM) which allowed developers to bypass domestic content requirements is set to be closed.


China aims to avoid a trade war; specific tariffs reported

china production plant

As the EU Commission gears up to impose average anti-dumping duties of 47% on Chinese photovoltaic imports from June 6, China has called for dialogue to avoid a "trade war." Meanwhile, reports have surfaced detailing the specific...


MEMC positive on solar outlook

A SunEdison solar installation.

Although polysilicon manufacturer MEMC's first quarter results paint a picture familiar for companies with solar as part of their offering, the drag of photovoltaics on the balance sheet was not a severe as has been seen...


Construction begins on 160 MW CSP plant in Morocco

Moroccan CSP power plant.

Construction on Morocco’s 160 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in Ouarzazate began on Friday with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony by King Mohammed VI.


Global Solar Alliance announces expansion

The Global Solar Alliance

Renewable Energy India and Green Energy Expo & Conference (Korea) have joined the Global Solar Alliance, which aims to create more competition for the organizers of Intersolar. There was little new in terms of the EU trade...


EU plans provisional average AD duties of 47% on Chinese PV imports

EU commissioners today backed the EU trade chief Karel De Gucht’s proposal to impose provisional anti-dumping (AD) duties of an average 47% on Chinese photovoltaic imports as of June 6, an anonymous source close to the EC...


Court orders official insolvency proceeding for Sunways

Due to a third-party application, insolvency proceedings for Sunways are now officially open. The 100% wholly-owned subsidiary in Arnstadt, Germany is also affected.


SolarWorld to meet creditors, discuss restructuring

SolarWorld production

Troubled solar panel maker SolarWorld will host creditors next month at two separate meetings with the goal of appointing creditor representatives and outlining its efforts to restructure.


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