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Japanese PV module demand booms to 2.52 GW in most recent quarter

The sharp increase in the nation's PV market matches BNEF's forecast of a 9-11 GW solar PV market in 2014. Japanese companies continue to dominate shipments.


LDK Solar receives CBD loan for polysilicon upgrade

LDK Solar branding

The China Development Bank Corporation (CDB) has approved a RMB 440 million (around US$70.7 million; €52.2 million) loan, which will be used towards a technology upgrade at LDK Solar’s Mahong Polysilicon Plant.


PV polysilicon utilization rates drop to under 70%

Polysilicon

Average quarterly polysilicon plant utilization rates have fallen below 70% in the past six months, according to NPD Solarbuzz. While this has put many "aggressive" capacity expansions on hold, supply rationalization is helping...


Solar Bankers plans 300 MW production of its new concentrated solar module

Solar Bankers Apollon concentrated solar module prototype of holographic film

U.S.-based Solar Bankers LLC and Germany’s Apollon GmbH & Co. KG have unveiled a new concentrated solar module using holographic foil, which they claim can be produced at costs lower than other manufacturers. They aim to...


Asola Solarpower applies for self-administration insolvency

Asolar Solarpower headquarters, Erfurt, Germany

Asola Solarpower GmbH has submitted an application to the local court in Erfurt, Germany to open insolvency proceedings under self-administration. A part of its restructuring plan is to find interested investors.


Centrotherm looks forward to terminating insolvency proceedings

centrotherm photovoltaic equipment solar

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG’s insolvency plan has been approved, meaning the German company can now look forward to terminating its insolvency proceedings, pending final confirmation.


Latin America: A PV opportunity in 2013

A solar plant in Brazil.

With 8.4 GW of new solar projects announced in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 12 months, market research provider GTM Research is predicting that 450 MW of new grid connected capacity will come online this year.


India: Solar pros and cons from austerity drive

India solar photovoltaic plant

With an austerity regime in full swing in India, attempts to trim the national deficit – which looks set to fall short by some margin – are set to be a double edged sword for solar.


Germany: Altmaier presents concept for short-term EEG changes

Peter Altmaier at 13 Forum Solarpraxis

Germany's Federal Environment Minister has presented his concept for "electricity price protection". Altmaier’s aim is to limit the energy transition cost and, thus, set the stage for photovoltaic, wind and biomass cuts. The...


France reports 66.7% increase in solar power generation

France residential solar photovoltaic system

According to the 2012 French Electricity Report published last week by France's transmission system operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE), photovoltaic systems generated 4 TWh lat year. This figure corresponds to a...


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SolarWorld CEO buys castle

Schloss Marienfels

Frank Asbeck would often like to be referred to as the sun king in the solar industry. While his photovoltaic group grapples with its debt issues, the CEO has bought a castle in Germany from entertainer Thomas Gottschalk.


Global smart grid investment to double by 2018

Smart metering.

Global smart grid investment grew 7% in 2012 to US$13.9 billion, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


PV installations up in 2013 as revenues fall

A solar installation in South Africa.

There were mixed messages in the latest solar white paper from market research company IHS iSuppli, with predictions that a rise in global installations in 2013 will go hand-in-hand with falling revenues.


South and Central America set for growth

A map of Brazil.

Countries like Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil are set to see growth in renewables, however thermal energy sources are still going to make up supply shortfalls.


SolarWorld seeks to refinance debt mountain

Solar World module production.

SolarWorld AG, Germany's leading solar panel producer and the manufacturer most active in petitioning the EU and U.S. authorities to bring anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports, is seeking to restructure its debt pile.


Crowdfunded project launched in Galápagos

A beach of St Cristobal.

A public funding campaign has been launched for a 300 kW photovoltaic power plant on the San Cristóbal Island in the iconic Galápagos archipelago.


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