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SunPower to build 160 MW panel fab in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

SunPower will manufacture high-efficiency solar panels at the new facility, which will also house its EPC and O&M offices, consolidating its South African operations under one roof.

SMA acquires majority stake in Chinese PV inverter company

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters HQ

SMA Solar Technology AG has acquired a 72.5% stake in Chinese photovoltaic inverter company, Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd. The move, if approved, will help SMA access China's burgeoning solar market.

US: Meaningful improvements in PV system pricing

Enfinity solar photovoltaic park US

GTM Research’s Andrew Krulewitz details the factors that contributed to price declines in each U.S. photovoltaic market segments in Q4 2012.

SiC Processing in self-administration

SiC Processing HQ Germany

SiC Processing GmbH's request to file for self-administrative insolvency has been accepted by the district court in Germany's Amberg. Management now has three months to design a restructuring plan.

Community solar model rolled out in Australia

The Australian flag.

A second commercial scale community solar project has been launched in Australia. The 400 kW rooftop installation will be installed in Sydney and is being organized by Embark.

2012 utility-scale PV installations top 8.5 GW

Germany utility-scale solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest figures from Wiki-Solar, utility-scale photovoltaic installations have reached 8.5 GW this year, thus more than doubling the 2.3 GW recorded in 2011.

US: Red tape holds back solar installer market

A PV installer with a module.

New data has revealed that solar installers in the U.S. are being slowed down by red tape, which is pushing up the installed price. The survey data was collected by solar financers Clean Power Finance, which gathered responses...

Taiwan: Neo Solar and DelSolar sign merger agreement


The two Taiwanese companies have today approved the second stage of their merger which, when complete, will see the country’s largest solar company formed. A shareholders meeting will be held in February to finalize the...

EU solar industry calls for action against retroactive subsidy changes

Czech solar photovoltaic installation

Over 70 solar companies and associations have written an open letter to European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, calling for action to be taken against those member states which introduce retroactive changes to renewable...

UK’s ROC changes to boost PV supplier revenues in Q1 2013

UK solar photovoltaic park

Photovoltaic module and balance of system component suppliers are expected to see increased revenues in Q1 2013, ahead of changes to the U.K.’s renewable obligation certificate (ROC) scheme.

Renewable energy investment to fall in 2012; emerging markets rule the roost

Romani solar photovoltaic plant

Indications are that renewable energy investments will fall in 2012 for the first time in 8 years. However, the news is not all bad, says Ernst & Young, with continuing capacity additions and "booming" emerging market activity....

Spanish Senate raises energy tax

Spain solar photovoltaic park Solarpack

Along with all producers of electricity in Spain, owners of solar power plants will have to pay an energy tax of 7% on top of their feed-in tariffs. The Spanish industry expects an increase of bankruptcies on the back of the news.

Gildemeister lands contracts worth €29 million

A solar park in Romania.

Germany-based renewables company Gildemeister has secured contracts worth €29.2 million (US$38.4 million) for solar energy storage projects in Romania, Italy and Germany.

IHS releases 2013 PV predictions

China solar photovoltaic park Qinghai

Falling prices and consolidation will remain in 2013, predicts IHS. Despite this, photovoltaic installations are expected to grow, the demand-supply balance is likely to be restored and China is set to become the biggest global...

Top PV module suppliers developing own utility projects

A First Solar project in Dhursan, Rajasthan.

Research from Wiki-Solar has found that the most successful module providers to utility-scale photovoltaic plants are developing their own projects to accommodate their products.

India identifies 54 solar cities; releases JNNSM figures

India solar photovoltaic project Conergy

It has been announced that 54 cities in India will be designated "Solar Cities". In related news, grid connected photovoltaic projects worth 1.04 GW are said to have been commissioned under the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru...

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