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Chinese PV glass maker sets up shop in Dubai

Chang Zhou Almaden Chairman Jinxi Lin and Mohammad Alzarooni, vice chairman and CEO of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

Chang Zhou Almaden will open its new $30 million PV glass factory and training center in the emirate, where it plans to produce up to 400,000 PV panels annually.

SunPower idles manufacturing lines; cuts 900 jobs

SunPower Maxeon solar photovoltaic

As part of its reorganization plan, SunPower Corporation has said it will idle six solar cell manufacturing lines in the Philippines and cut around 900 employees, most of which are based on the archipelago.

Solar Frontier stops production at MP2 PV plant

Solar Frontier CIS module facility

Japan-based Solar Frontier has announced that production will be suspended at its 60 MW MP2 photovoltaic module manufacturing plant. Around 200 employees will be affected.

The future of Australian large-scale PV

A utility scale PV application in Australia.

Last week, Australia’s first utility-scale photovoltaic installation went online. Located in the Midwest of Western Australia, it will sell the generated electricity from its 10 MW of First Solar modules to a nearby desalination...

Italy reaches 15.9 GW cumulative PV capacity

Italy solar photovoltaic plant conergy

Italy has a cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 15.9 GW, according to Italian network agency, GSE. However, just €241 million is left in the country’s solar subsidy coffers.

Wacker Chemie affected by lack of polysilicon demand

Wacker polysilicon chips

According to reports, Wacker Chemie AG has introduced shorter working hours, due to a lack of demand for polysilicon from the photovoltaics industry. 650 workers are said to have been affected.

40 MW Peruvian PV project completed

Peru flag

Said to be the largest project of its kind in Latin America, Solarpack, Gestamp Solar and other local companies have completed work on a 40 MW photovoltaic project in Peru.

SunStrom saved by management

SunStrom HQ branding

SunStrom GmbH has been saved after former management purchased the company. All remaining jobs are expected to be maintained.

US: Salazar signs final PEIS for solar development on public lands

Map of six states chosen for utility-scale solar development.

The U.S. Department of Interior has finally given the green light to the development of solar on 285,000 acres of public lands in the southwest.

Solyndra anti-trust lawsuit branded as "misguided"


Solyndra’s anti-trust lawsuit, filed last week, has been branded as a "misguided effort … to find scapegoats". The three named Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers have strongly denied the allegations.

Centrotherm submits reorganization plan on time

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has today submitted its reorganization and future concept plan, on time, to the Ulm District Court.

Solyndra files anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech for "illegal cartel"

Suntech bsolar photovoltaic modules

The bankrupt Solyndra filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech Power Holdings Company Ltd and other Chinese companies on October 11 in San Francisco, the U.S., accusing them of, among other issues, "running an illegal cartel".

Solar storage needs stable and sustainable market development

Battery solar storage

Solar storage solutions are integral to the further development of the photovoltaics industry. However, cowboys "looking to make a quick buck" need not apply, as stable and sustainable market development is required, according to...

China calls on US to foster closer solar cooperation

US China flags

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has called on the U.S. to drop the trade case launched against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers and instead help foster closer cooperation between the two nations.

SolarCity becomes focus of US Treasury investigation

SolarCity solar rooftop

A number of U.S. solar companies, including SolarCity Inc., have been issued with subpoenas by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which is investigating the companies’ participation in the Section 1603 grant program. If...

New off-grid PV concepts unveiled

Phaesun world cafe Off-grid solar photovoltaic

Although off-grid photovoltaic technology still represents a relatively small market segment in the solar industry, for many, the technology has become vitally important. At the second Off-grid Experts Workshop organized by...

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