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Compromise on large-scale renewables in Australia increasingly likely

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

An end to the political deadlock that has brought the large-scale renewable sector to a virtual standstill in Australia looks likely to be coming to an end. The Labor opposition has announced a willingness to support a reduction...

Germany: A brake on Altmaier's "electricity price protection"

The German government has made it official: The proposed "strompreisbremse" or electricity price protection as it is loosely translated, will not materialize since both the states and federal government have failed to come to an...

German PV manufacturers continue to post losses

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German photovoltaic manufacturers continue posting negative financial results, as the European market remains stagnant. Bosch’s photovoltaic business unit recorded a €1 billion loss for full-year 2012, as Aleo doubled its loss in...

Japan: Meeco Group announces joint venture with BIJ, finergia

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The meeco Group has announced the creation of a joint venture with Japan’s BIJ Corporation and Italy-based finergia advisory & finance. The new company will focus on clusters of small on- and off-grid photovoltaic plants in Japan...

UK: Lightsource adds 133 MW of PV in Q1 2013

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Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd has completed and commissioned 34 photovoltaic projects totaling 133 MW in the first quarter of 2013.

ReneSola to supply Enerparc with modules

ReneSola has signed a deal with EPC Enerparc AG to deliver 43.6 MW of modules between April and June this year. 35 MW will be delivered via ReneSola's OEMs in Poland and India.

Global PV inverter market shakeout and geographical shifts expected, says GTM

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European photovoltaic inverter manufacturers see their profits shrink as low-cost Asian players gain ground, according to a new report released by GTM Research. Increased competition is also coming from diversified giants.

SolarWorld interested in Bosch's solar production

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck has told Germany's Handelsblatt that the company is interested in a part of Bosch's solar cell production unit.

Malaysia: Saudi Arabian company to develop polysilicon plant

Malaysian state Sarawak will develop a new US$1.6 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant which is slated to start operations in 2016.

US: new tool to illustrate solar job creation

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The Solar Foundation has released an online tool to chart job creation in the U.S. solar industry by state. The State Solar Jobs Map will allow people lobbying for the wider adoption of solar photovoltaics to illustrate how many...

Spain: T-Solar plans to lay off 170 employees

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Spanish photovoltaic module manufacturer T-Solar has started proceedings to lay off 170 employees, according to local media. The company has been involved in voluntary insolvency proceedings for over a month.

Japan: PV on the ascent, but nuclear power uncertainty remains

The Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that the total combined renewable energy capacity between April 2012 and January 2013 has reached 1,394 MW. Photovoltaic capacity alone accounted for...

SDG&E signs three PV PPAs worth 47 MW

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed three solar PPAs for a total of 47 MW.

What does Suntech’s insolvency mean for solar?

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When Suntech defaulted on $541 million of convertible U.S. bonds in March, solar players across the world were watching. The very public, and long-expected, failure of the former poster boy of solar, Zhengrong Shi, has left the...

California: New group formed to defend net metering

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A coalition of solar companies and physicians has been formed in California, to push back against utility company attempts to wind back net metering for solar customers.

LDK Solar Q4 net loss tops $0.5 billion

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Debt-ridden LDK Solar has recorded an enormous Q4 2012 net loss totaling over US$0.5 billion, significantly up from the $95.9 million loss seen in the previous quarter. Although the beleaguered Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer...

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