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Thailand dusts off renewable energy plans as unrest subsides

Thailand flag.

Recent political clashes pushed renewable energy to the back burner, but the new energy boss plans to reignite the sector.

Sovello in investor negotiations

Sovello manufacturing

Germany’s Sovello AG is urgently searching for a new investor, in order to save at least part of its workforce. Company management is said to be optimistic.

Interview: PV certification in China and quality standards

As the global solar industry develops, increased corporate transparency becomes a necessity on the back of growing consumer understanding and local market regulations. Subsequently, the services required by test laboratories and...

Scheuten will continue production in Germany

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic installation

Scheuten Solar has announced its photovoltaic module production in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen will continue, following the takeover of the company by Aiko Solar Group. However, 160 jobs have been lost.

Japan: Final report declares Fukushima a "man-made disaster"

The final report submitted by the parliamentary panel on the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year has declared the catastrophe a "man-made disaster". It states that the meltdown "could and should have been forseen and prevented".

Germany: PV accounts for record amount of power

The share of solar generated energy significantly increased in the first six months of 2012 in Germany. Around 14.7 billion kWh of electricity were said to have been produced from 1.2 million photovoltaic systems.

Sharp confirms relocation from Germany to UK

Sharp photovoltaic HQ Image

Sharp has confirmed it will move its European solar business from Germany’s Hamburg to the U.K.’s Wrexham. By the end of the fiscal year, the next phase of the company’s restructuring should be complete. Furthermore, it is...

GE puts CdTe plant on hold

GE's planned Colorado fab.

GE Energy has made the decision to put construction on hold at its Colorado thin-film fab for "at least" 18 months. The fab was to have an annual production of capacity of 400 MW when fully ramped, employing CdTe semiconductor...

India: Second phase of NSM likely to include domestic content requirement

Small solar photovoltaic plant in India

According to Bridge to India, the second phase of India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) will include a Domestic Content Requirement (DCR). Meanwhile, it says that the depreciating rupee is creating difficulty for India solar...

US: California installs over 1 GW of customer-generated solar

US solar photovoltaic rooftop system

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has said that over one GW of customer-generated solar energy has been installed in the U.S. state to date. The milestone was said to have been reached in 2011.

REC proposes new financial restructure

REC's factory in Norway.

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has walked away from a restructuring deal with bondholders after failing to gain approval from them for the measures. The company has, however, pushed ahead with plans to raise capital...

Schott Solar to close Czech operations

Schott Solar HQ Mainz

Germany’s Schott Solar AG has announced it will close its crystalline photovoltaic operations in the Czech Republic down. The news follows the company’s decision to exit the crystalline business.

Interview: Recognize where your PV competitiveness lies

Solarpack solar photovoltaoc plant Pablo Burgos

According to the CEO of Spain-based solar development company, Solarpack, finding demand for photovoltaic projects is one of the biggest challenges today. Regarding the U.S.-Sino trade case, he further believes that "everybody...

REC financial restructuring hits hurdle

A REC facility in Norway.

On June 22, the Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) announced a number of financial restructuring measures including measures to restructure its revolving debt facility and to offer approximately 870,000 million new shares to...

Konarka’s German subsidiary files for bankruptcy

Konarka solar organic film

A month after U.S.-based Konarka Technologies, Inc. filed for bankruptcy, its wholly owned German subsidiary, Konarka GmbH has followed suit at the Nuremberg District Court.

Grid storage costs to decrease

Lux Research has released a forecast that expects lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs to fall to US$500/kWh by 2022. This is predicted to bring down the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, it...

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