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Indian subsidy regime has $530m backlog

The flag of India.

India's new energy minister wants to clear the payment backlog before an expected overhaul of the subsidy regime. The JNNSM has offered panel makers a 30% subsidy since 2010.


Solar Frontier and Belectric form PVCIStems JV

Black solar modules on a factory roof, with mountains in the background against an overcast sky.

German EPC Belectric and Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier have formed a new joint venture (JV) company, to develop ground- and roof-mounted power plants. Making reference Solar Frontier’s CIGS technology, which the...


Germany: Rösler considering longer FIT cut transition period

Landtag von Baden-Wuerttemberg

Germany’s debate over its solar subsides is continuing – with a focus on the short transition period for the reduction of the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs). However, in a positive move, the country’s Federal Minister for...


US solar market to install 2.8 GW in 2012 on back of "historic" 2011

US solar photovoltaic Cimarron 30MW park

Having achieved a "historic" year in terms of photovoltaic installations in 2011, the U.S. solar market is estimated to be worth over US$8.4 billion. Declining system prices and improved financing options were said to be among...


Norway’s green battery vs. hydrogen storage

According to the industry experts present at the first "Energy Storage" conference, held this week in Düsseldorf, Germany, either technology could win the race to enable Germany’s renewable energy future.


Hanwha experiences strong 2011 losses; 2012 to "remain challenging"

Hanwha solar photovoltaic modules for shipment

As with many of its peers, Hanwha SolarOne experienced a tough 2011, with significant losses recorded across the board. Chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong attributes this to a period of "adjustment and consolidation". Going ahead, he...


Large scale storage solutions critical to future dominance of solar

During the second day of Solarpraxis’ "Energy Storage" event in Germany’s Düsseldorf, it was claimed that the storage bottleneck needs to be broken, in order to develop large-scale storage solutions, which are critical to the...


Germany: Belectric considering constitutional challenge

As part of Germany's new solar subsidy, feed-in tariffs (FIT) for photovoltaic systems larger than 10 megawatts (MW) are to be eliminated. According to a media report, several companies, including leading project planner...


Germany could become storage technology hotspot

The first day has drawn to a close at Solarpraxis’ Energy Storage conference in Germany’s Düsseldorf. Following calls from Germany's Environment Minister to rapidly develop storage technology in the country, there is a belief...


40c/W silicon solar cells?

A ultra-thin wafer.

A new U.S. entrant to the silicon-cell machinery market, Twin Creeks Technologies, today released a wafer production system that it claims can produce solar cells for less than US$0.40 per Watt (/W).


Pay-as-you go PV picks up award

Eight19 staff in South Sudan.

Off-grid photovoltaic system provider, Eight19 has picked up an award, as Climate Week kicked off across the U.K. yesterday. The company, which has pioneered a pay-as-you go solar system in Africa, was named Best Initiative for...


PV 2012: A "correction" year

2011 was a year of extremes for the solar industry: record installations; a dramatic fall in module prices; and a plethora of companies closing their doors. Going forward, indications are that 2012 will remain extremely...


Proposed PV FIT shake-up causes aftershocks in Germany

In its efforts to make a quick course correction, the German ship of state may inadvertently be navigating into turbulent straits that could capsize its own solar industry. At particular threat are the module manufacturers. The...


Germany: Resistance at first parliamentary FIT discussion

Germany’s parliament today held the first round of meetings aimed at amending the photovoltaic incentives under the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG). As expected, the opposition rejected the new proposals. The CDU and FDP...


Solopower searches for staff for new US fab

A flexible CIGS module.

As some companies layoff staff in an attempt to contain costs, U.S. flexible CIGS manufacturer, Solopower is searching for staff for its Oregon fab’s expansion.


North Carolina PV systems achieve grid parity

According to a new study, many photovoltaic systems bigger than 10 kilowatts (kW) achieved grid parity with commercial retail electricity prices in 2011. This has resulted in a spike in projects and, thus, jobs. Both declining...


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