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Swiss PV grows but FIT cuts push market towards self-consumption

Swiss flag

The Alpine country's unusual solar PV remuneration system obliges households and other small power producers to trade energy on the market while allowing bigger investors piece of mind through the FIT scheme. The usual practice...

Solar business drags down Applied Materials' results

Applied Materials equipment

As Applied Materials today revealed its Q4 and financial full year results, chairman and CEO Mike Splinter struck an upbeat note, despite solar’s poor performance.

New report evaluates global PV

A large solar park.

Weighing in at a hefty 56 pages and 2MB, the World Research Institute’s (WRI) study of the global onshore wind and photovoltaic industries provides a useful introduction to the renewables story so far, but provides little new...

Germany’s CDU seeks to abolish EEG

European flags

While Germany's FDP politicians call for a rapid reform of the EEG, and the transition to a quota system in the medium term, the CDU party is setting its sights on Europe. Following the EU Energy Commissioners’ requests for the...

Mexico is in pole position in the race for PV grid parity

US residential solar photovoltaic rooftop

The first edition of a newly launched global monitor detailing the race for photovoltaic grid parity has ranked Germany at the foot of the seven countries studied. Meanwhile, Mexico has taken pole position.

Australia: Federal government cuts solar support

In a surprise move, the Australian federal government announced today that it would bring forward, by six months, the conclusion of a "multiplier" Renewable Energy Credit scheme for photovoltaics. While difficult to generalize...

Suntech reduces PV production; announces job cuts

Suntech Arizona solar photovoltaic Module manufacturing facility

China-based Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd has announced it will reduce photovoltaic module production by over 30% at its facility located in Arizona. It will also cut around 50 jobs.

China: New leadership in Beijing and plenty of promise for distributed PV in Guangdong

Li Keqiang

Organized by SEMI China, the Distributed PV Application and Commercialization Forum opened today in Shunde, Guangdong province. Overall, it was felt that China’s new Presidential appointments will bode well for the domestic...

We’re under no pressure to sell modules at a loss – Canadian Solar CEO

A Canadian Solar photovoltaic project in Germany.

Tier 1 photovoltaic module supplier Canadian Solar has released Q3 figures that show declines in the volume of modules shipped and in revenue, thus culminating in a net quarterly loss of US$43.7million.

Industry analysis: Half of tier 3 polysilicon suppliers face bankruptcy

Polysilicon for solar photovoltaics.

The bleak outlook for the global polysilicon industry has been laid bare by the prediction that half of the world's tier 3 polysilicon suppliers face bankruptcy in the months ahead.

Tokelau officially becomes world’s first 100% PV powered territory

Tokelau solar photovoltaic standalone

Tokelau, comprised of three small atolls in the south pacific ocean, has officially become the world’s first territory to be 100% powered by photovoltaics.

SolarWorld announces significant Q3 losses

SolarWorld Freiburg facility

SolarWorld AG has suffered significant losses in the first three quarters of 2012, compared to the previous year. To improve the situation it will, among other measures, cut back on personnel. The company is very firmly laying...

CPV system prices to decline 16% annually to 2016

CPV Amonix

Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) cost reductions and "major" technological advancements will see global installations rising to almost 1.2 GW by 2012, states IMS Research.

Moderate solar growth envisioned for UAE

Abu Dhabi desert

According to a new survey, moderate not major growth is predicted for the United Arab Emirate’s solar industry. The results were presented at Solarpraxis’ Solar Industry Summit – Middle East 2012, held today in Dubai. Meanwhile,...

UK: Renewables eliminate need for nuclear power

UK Dounreay nuclear power plant

According to a new report, the "explosive" growth of photovoltaics in the U.K., and the related falling costs, mean the market for nuclear is disappearing. Combined with "stiff competition" from other renewables, the case for...

IEA: Renewables to rival coal by 2035

General solar photovoltaic panel image

Unhampered by a massive surge in the output of oil and natural gas, especially in the U.S., renewables will take their place in the sun by 2035, according to the findings of the World Energy Outlook 2012. Overall, solar power is...

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