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Aleo Solar up and running in Germany

Aleo Solar module production

Following its acquisition by Taiwanese group Sunrise Global Energy, production at the former Bosch-owned Aleo Solar in Prenzlau, Germany, has begun again. The PV manufacturer is now producing its high-efficiency 300 W modules at...


New Jersey pushes 'Restart button' on SRECs

Constellation Energy 5.38 MW Photovoltaic system Flanders New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation into law on July 23 that will foster the continuing, rampant growth of the state’s solar energy market, the second largest in the United States, after California. Under the...


Japan: Sky Solar to begin construction of PV power stations

Japan

Shanghai-based Sky Solar has announced it will develop several large-scale solar power plants via its subsidiary Sky Solar Japan, in order to take advantage of the new feed-in tariffs in the country.


Texas: New agreement will see 400 MW installed, solar manufacturing facilities built

Julian Castro Mayor San Antonio Texas

Updated: Under a new agreement between OCI Solar Power and CPS Energy, 400 MW of solar power will be installed in San Antonio, Texas, and photovoltaic module component manufacturing facilities established. A spokesperson for CPS...


Australia: Fund looks to clear PPA hurdle

The Australian sky against a blue sky.

Major Australian financial services company, Investec has indicated that it will create a fund, which could accelerate utility-scale photovoltaics in the country.


Transition time for Sunways

Sunways photovoltaic solar components

Continuing falling photovoltaic prices, a shift in its core markets and cancelled supply contracts have all contributed to Sunways AG’s falling 2011 financials. However, it remains confident that new investor, LDK Solar, can...


NRG and GenOn announce merger

290 MW Agua Caliente photovoltaic solar plant

NRG Energy, Inc. and GenOn Energy, Inc. have unveiled their plans to merge. The two companies signed a definitive agreement, under which they intend to combine their activities in a stock‐for‐stock tax‐free transaction. The...


Brazil to launch first solar auctions

Brazil flag

Brazil's solar market will register a new milestone with the first unregulated commercial auction of solar power, planned for August 9 by Bioenergy, a Sao Paulo-based renewable energy developer and marketer.


SolarWorld has debt conditions relaxed

The SolarWorld HQ.

Bloomberg has reported that SolarWorld AG has had its lenders agree to relax terms on €375 million (US$475 million) of loans, in the face of "challenging market conditions."


Switzerland contemplating major shift to PV

A picture of a swiss flag, taken from a boat.

With a new energy framework only months away, photovoltaics is shaping up as the prime candidate to replace the nuclear reactors on which the country draws around 40 percent of its power.


Germany: Environment minister rethinks taxes on Chinese manufacturers

Reichstag

German Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier is for the implementation of anti-dumping lawsuits against Chinese manufacturers in the European context, should there be evidence of unfair competition.


IMS Research: Italian market set to decrease by over 40 percent in 2013

An Italian pv power plant.

New research published by IMS Research indicates that due to a surge in installations, the money set aside for Italy’s fifth Conto Energia will be insufficient to fund the scheme, and the Italian market will effectively be...


Australia: 750,000 homes install 1.7 GW

A farm house with a ground-mounted solar array.

In another sign of the steady growth in the Australian solar market, figures released today show that more than 750,000 homes now feature photovoltaic arrays. This brings cumulative capacity, on residential rooftops, to 1.7 GW.


UCLA develops transparent solar cell

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a highly transparent solar cell for building integration.


Trading insults: China launches AD probes against USA and South Korea

A picture of polysilicon.

Turnabout is fair play—or rather, fair trade, according to China, which on July 20 announced that it would launch countervailing duty (CVD) and anti-dumping (AD) investigations against the U.S. solar industry, as well as an AD...


First Solar receives Ex-Im bank boost

A First Solar photovoltaic module.

The U.S. Export-Import bank has authorized two loans worth US$57.3 million to support the development of three photovoltaic power plants in India, which will use First Solar thin film modules.


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