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Imergy taps Foxsemicon to manufacture modular flow batteries

Imergy storage system

The California-based energy storage group says it will benefit from Foxsemicon's vertical integration, strong process control and economies of scale. It will also reduce Imergy's manufacturing costs.


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Yingli Green Energy brings solar power into Tibet

Yingli Green Energy has partnered with Longyuan (Tibet) New Energy Company Limited to supply 22,209 off-grid PV systems to families in Tibet.


LDK Solar announces arbitration ruling

LDK Solar has to pay JYT Corporation of Beijing (JYT) RMB294 million (approx. US$47 million) plus additional RMB3.4 million (approx. US$550,000) to cover arbitral fees.


Industry shakeout filters out untested PV technologies

Equipment solar photovoltaic

Only the lowest cost and most commercially viable PV technologies will end up surviving through the brutal PV shakeout phase of 2012, writes Finlay Colville, vice president of NPD Solarbuzz.


Germany: Glimmer of hope for First Solar's Frankfurt operations

First Solar Frankfurt Oder facility

By the end of the year, First Solar Inc. will stop photovoltaic production in Germany's Frankfurt Oder. However, plant management has announced that there is now investor interest and hopes for a solution in Q1 2013.


Spanish Congress approves new energy law

Spanish flag

With the approval of the parliament, from 2013 onwards, PV power producers in Spain will have to pay a new tax of 7% on top of their FITs. Meanwhile, Energy Minister Soria intends to finalize Spain’s energy reform within the next...


SMA acquires majority stake in Chinese PV inverter company

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters HQ

SMA Solar Technology AG has acquired a 72.5% stake in Chinese photovoltaic inverter company, Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd. The move, if approved, will help SMA access China's burgeoning solar market.


US: Meaningful improvements in PV system pricing

Enfinity solar photovoltaic park US

GTM Research’s Andrew Krulewitz details the factors that contributed to price declines in each U.S. photovoltaic market segments in Q4 2012.


SiC Processing in self-administration

SiC Processing HQ Germany

SiC Processing GmbH's request to file for self-administrative insolvency has been accepted by the district court in Germany's Amberg. Management now has three months to design a restructuring plan.


Community solar model rolled out in Australia

The Australian flag.

A second commercial scale community solar project has been launched in Australia. The 400 kW rooftop installation will be installed in Sydney and is being organized by Embark.


2012 utility-scale PV installations top 8.5 GW

Germany utility-scale solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest figures from Wiki-Solar, utility-scale photovoltaic installations have reached 8.5 GW this year, thus more than doubling the 2.3 GW recorded in 2011.


US: Red tape holds back solar installer market

A PV installer with a module.

New data has revealed that solar installers in the U.S. are being slowed down by red tape, which is pushing up the installed price. The survey data was collected by solar financers Clean Power Finance, which gathered responses...


Taiwan: Neo Solar and DelSolar sign merger agreement

NSP HQ

The two Taiwanese companies have today approved the second stage of their merger which, when complete, will see the country’s largest solar company formed. A shareholders meeting will be held in February to finalize the...


EU solar industry calls for action against retroactive subsidy changes

Czech solar photovoltaic installation

Over 70 solar companies and associations have written an open letter to European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, calling for action to be taken against those member states which introduce retroactive changes to renewable...


UK’s ROC changes to boost PV supplier revenues in Q1 2013

UK solar photovoltaic park

Photovoltaic module and balance of system component suppliers are expected to see increased revenues in Q1 2013, ahead of changes to the U.K.’s renewable obligation certificate (ROC) scheme.


Renewable energy investment to fall in 2012; emerging markets rule the roost

Romani solar photovoltaic plant

Indications are that renewable energy investments will fall in 2012 for the first time in 8 years. However, the news is not all bad, says Ernst & Young, with continuing capacity additions and "booming" emerging market activity....


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