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US federal government tips solar for leading energy role

Rooftop PV installation, U.S.

The Energy Information Administration's generation projections through to 2040 expect solar power to account for nearly half of new renewable energy capacity.

SunPower confident on back of passable Q1 2012 results

SunPower Monalto Italy solar photovoltaic plant

While the U.S.-based photovoltaics company continued to suffer losses in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, its balance sheet showed some improvement on last year. There is still some way to go, though, before it is in the black....

Insolvency manager: Q.Cells could survive

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic module

Henning Schorisch demonstrated cautious optimism with regard to the future of the insolvent photovoltaic manufacturer. Thus no layoffs of the 1,300 employees are pending in the near future and the company has again ramped up...

Global solar council established

US California k W solar photovoltaic plant

CEO’s from the international photovoltaics community have today announced the establishment of a Global Solar Council. The goal is to sustainably and cost-competitively expand the worldwide deployment of solar energy, by...

Australia: Renewable energy support programs to increase power bills by 3 percent

While criticism is often aimed at renewables for playing a major role in increasing consumers’ electricity bills, new data from Australia predicts that only three percent of forecast price rises in the country will be due to...

Kenya: Solar financing plan launched

Kenyan flag

Acquisition of solar panels by institutions and individuals keen on installing photovoltaic systems in Kenya could now be made easier after a regional module manufacturer has offered to guarantee bank loans for the purchase of...

Strong Chinese presence at Renewables Indonesia

Indonesian Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto, tours the trade fair grounds with Messe München CEO Ronald Unterburger

Chinese photovoltaic players were out in force at the second Renewables Indonesia International Trade Fair on Energy Sustainability, Green Resources and Environmental Technology, which kicked off today in the densely packed...

US: Laid off SolarWorld employees granted federal aid

Camarillo, California

The U.S. Department of Labor has said the manufacturing employees laid off by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., following the shutdown of its Camarillo photovoltaic module production plant in California, are entitled to federal...

'Contents under pressure' as Ontario LCAB and Intertek partner on FIT.2 audits

Ontario 80 MW Sarnia thin film solar photovoltaic park

Haste makes waste – unless, of course, it makes your company among the first to be audited and certified as a preferred vendor under the domestic content provision of the Ontario Power Authority’s updated Feed-in tariff (FIT.2)...

Wacker opens Nünchritz polysilicon production facilities

Wacker polysilicon chips

Wacker Chemi AG has officially opened its "hyperpure" polysilicon facilities in Nünchritz, Germany. The €900 million investment is said to have created over 500 new jobs.

SiC Processing closes Norwegian slurry recycling plant

SiC Processing HQ building German

SiC Processing has announced the closure of its slurry recycling plant in Herøya, Norway, following the permanent closure of REC’s wafer facilities. Around 100 employees will be affected.

Germany installs 650 MW of PV at start of 2012

Germany Perleberg 35MW airport solar photovoltaic project

650 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics were installed in Germany in January and February, according to preliminary figures from the country’s Federal Network Agency.

LDK Solar suffers significant 2011 losses

LDK Solar branding

Chinese manufacturer, LDK Solar has posted significant fourth quarter (Q4) 2011 losses. Despite this, the company believes there is long term growth potential. It is targeting revenues of between US$2 billion and $2.7 billion in...

DSC PV market poised for significant expansion

BIPV Fraunhofer ISE DSSC module

Key technical breakthroughs in the past year have pushed the dye sensitized cell (DSC) photovoltaic market out of the research and development stage, making it a technology with solid growth potential in the near future.

China Sunergy suffers significant losses

China Sunergy building

Solar cell and module manufacturer, China Sunergy, posted significant losses in 2011. Despite this, the Chinese company plans to ramp cell capacity up to one gigawatt (GW).

Solar investors react badly to Chinese manufacturing numbers

China manufacturing solar photovoltaic

After a positive start to 2012, solar stocks have given back most of their gains as bad figures coming out of China lead to some significant losses.

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