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Wacker confirms year-on-year revenue upturn

Wacker polysilicon inspection.

Having last month revised its earnings forecast upwards, Germany's Wacker has confirmed that revenues rose notably in Q2 2014.


Hanwha SolarOne sees mixed Q1 results

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic modules

Having curtailed its photovoltaic module shipments to avoid potential retroactive tariffs from the U.S., Hanwha SolarOne has seen a decrease in activity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. Overall, its financials achieved mixed...


Yingli sees Q1 improvement despite dumping tariffs

Yingli solar photovoltaic installation 1.4MW 2009 Rutgers University

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has recorded a relatively positive first quarter (Q1), despite the imposition of preliminary dumping tariffs by the U.S. While its financials significantly improved sequentially, it...


North America: PV module supply shortage; higher costs; lower ROIs

Chinese solar photovoltaic manufacturing BYD

The preliminary antidumping tariffs announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) could see up to 45 percent, or 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic module shipments to North America suspended. Meanwhile, module costs are...


Goldman Sachs banks on renewable energy

A PV array in Germany.

News agency Reuters has reported that Goldman Sachs Group Inc has set its sites on investing US$40 billion into renewable energy projects over the next decade.


India: Kashmir's move towards solar

Kashmir

An 18 kilowatt solar power plant at a sub-district hospital in Charar-i-Sharief, located in the disputed northwestern Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir, was inaugurated today. A high level meeting also took place to iron out...


Conergy opens 8 MW park in Germany

The Conergy solar park in Grimmen.

German photovoltaics manufacturer, Conergy has opened an eight megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Grimmen, near Germany’s Baltic Sea coastline. Around 35,000 Conergy PowerPlus modules were used in the installation, which is...


Canadian Solar delivers 8 MW to landfill plant

Canadian Solar modules in the field in Germany.

Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer, Canadian Solar announced today that it has delivered eight megawatts (MW) of modules to a project, on a former landfill site, in the German state of Hesse.


Australia: 210 MW shortlist emerges

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has reached the final stage of its selection process for a scheme in which 210 megawatts (MW) of large-scale solar projects will be added to the territory. The smallest of Australia’s states...


Germany: Record 40 percent solar weekend

The German flag.

Early summer weather has seen Germany’s photovoltaic power plants feed 22 gigawatts (GW) back into the grid in a 24-hour period. In fact, so high was production that on Saturday at midday, 40 percent of the country’s total energy...


China retaliates, finds US in violation of free-trade rules

Chinese flag

According to Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Commerce has identified five U.S. states which have violated free-trade rules. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the trade case looks likely to move to Europe.


India establishes solar advisory council

Small Indian solar photovoltaic plant

Speaking with industry leaders yesterday, May 24, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy in India called for "greater investment" in solar energy. The event represented the first meeting of India’s Solar Energy Industry...


Swiss solar association calls for higher PV targets

Swiss solar installation

At the annual general meeting of Switzerland’s solar trade association, Swissolar, the president called for more photovoltaic growth. The development of the technology, he said, could meet 20 percent of the country’s energy needs...


Proposal for Iran to abolish nuclear and adopt solar program unveiled

Iran No Nuke sign

In an attempt to persuade Iran to drop its atomic ambitions and instead develop its abundant renewable energy resources, two politicians from Germany’s Green Party have formulated a new strategy to be included in the ongoing...


MiaSole hits 15.5 percent efficiency with flexible CIGS module

MiaSole thin film solar photovoltaic plant

MiaSole has reached a new copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaic module efficiency. The results have been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


Odersun likely to permanently close

Odersun building

Hopes that Germany-based Odersun AG will be saved are fading fast. Unless an investor is found by the end of the month, the company will be forced to shut down and its employees let go.


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