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History repeating: Solar energy 'unstoppable'

John Perlin

John Perlin explores the history of solar energy in his latest book, "Let it Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy." pv magazine caught up with the author for an interview in the August issue. Here's an excerpt.


Global smart grid activity heating up

Smart grid solar photovoltaic

At the end of Q2 2012, China continued to dominate the worldwide renewable energy market, with Germany and the U.S. nose-to-nose in second place, and India and the U.K. just behind, according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly...


'New energy can power our future,' Obama avows in DNC acceptance speech

Barack Obama 2012

"Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan," U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Thursday night, September 6, facing a packed hall of supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the 2012...


Siliken announces Mexico PV plant closure

Siliken HQ-Building

As part of its restructuring plan, which aims to consolidate the company’s production operations, photovoltaics manufacturer Siliken has announced it will close production activities in Mexico down.


Avaaz calls for petition to stop Chinese solar tariffs in US and EU

Suntech solar photovoltaic panel module

Following the launch of EU and U.S. trade investigations into photovoltaic exports from China, Avaaz is calling for half a million people to back its submission to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and EU Trade...


Manz reaches 14.6% CIGS panel efficiency

Manz 14.6percent CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic module

Germany-based Manz AG has announced its CIGS thin film photovoltaic panels have reached an efficiency of 14.6% in production conditions. The company adds that it will able to supply power costing as little as €0.04/kWh in the...


India solar still faces multiple challenges, despite reaching 1 GW milestone

India solar photovoltaic plant Conergy

Cumulative Indian solar capacity now stands at around 1,040 MW, of which 830 MW were installed this year. Despite the crossing of this significant milestone, there are still many challenges facing the Indian solar industry,...


Quality for Photovoltaics: Calls for module transport improvement

solar photovoltaic module micro cracks

Solarpraxis’ Quality for Photovoltaic systems conference kicked off this morning in Berlin, Germany. On the one hand, discussions have centered around where the industry needs to improve standards, and on the other, where quality...


Centrotherm sheds second subsidiary

centrotherm HQ Germany

As part of its reorganization process, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has sold centrotherm SiTec GmbH’s subsidiary, Michael Glatt Maschinenbau GmbH to Germany’s Büechl Handels- und Beteiligungs-KG.


EC launches Chinese anti-dumping PV investigation

EU flags

The European Commission (EC) has initiated proceedings against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. The Competition Authority will now consider the allegation of dumping, according to an announcement by the European Commission...


Solaria: 290 jobs to go as Spanish factory is downsized

Spain solar photovoltaic plant

Spain-based Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente has announced plans to downsize its photovoltaic equipment plant in Puertollano, Ciudad Real, in order to "adapt resources and labor costs to the activity in the photovoltaic sector"....


PV microinverters and power optimizers set for significant growth

Enphase Photovoltaic microinverter

On the back of 180% market growth in 2011, the latest industry figures indicate that microinverter and power optimizer shipments will grow over 70% in 2012. By 2016, they are expected to comprise 10% of the photovoltaic inverter...


Solon: North American strategies, growth prospects and how Microsol stepped in at just the right time

US Solon 21MW solar photovoltaic plant

Solon Corporation’s new VP and GM of power plants, Jared Schoch discusses his plans for growing the company’s North American photovoltaic business, the financing landscape in the region, and the impact of Microsol’s recent...


TSMC rolls out 14.2% CIGS modules

THe TSMC fab.

Taiwanese semiconductor giant, TSMC announced today that modules with efficiencies reaching 14.2% are rolling off its lines. TSMC produces CIGS thin film modules, utilizing technology licensed from Californian startup, Stion.


California solar bill will not see the light of day

The Californian red and white flag. I think there's a bear on it as well.

Legislation that would have provided customers of California’s three major utilities – Southern California Edison (SCE) San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) – with access to virtual, net-metered...


Trina Solar expands into Chile

Trina Solar screenshot.

Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar announced today that it is opening a sales and business development office in Santiago, Chile. The new site will give the company coverage throughout the Americas including the U.S., Canada,...


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