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London Mayor aims swipe at UK chancellor's lack of support for green economy

Boris Johnson.

As Boris Johnson throws his hat into the ring for a seat following next year's general election, the outspoken mayor has criticized the U.K. chancellor's stance on environmental policies.


Sovello abandons production

Sovello production image

From the end of August, the insolvent Sovello will stop all production on its photovoltaic product assembly lines. Almost all of the employees will be terminated. Meanwhile, investor discussions are said to be difficult.


Automated demand response key to intermittent renewables

California 20 MW Stroud solar photovoltaic station

Automated demand response, or AutoDR could cost-effectively help combat intermittent renewable energy supply, particularly in light of the current high costs of grid-connected storage batteries.


Juwi exits German PV rooftop business

Juwi solar photovoltaic rooftop

Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's...


India accuses US of "ruining" domestic PV industry

First Solar thin film photovoltaic modules cadmium telluride

India’s Centre for Science and Technology (CSE) has launched a scathing attack on U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, claiming they are "ruining" India’s domestic photovoltaic manufacturing industry by taking advantage of the US$30...


China’s polysilicon producers urge EU dumping probe

WACKER POLYSILICON chip inspection

Four Chinese polysilicon producers have urged the Chinese government to initiate an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into European imports of solar grade polysilicon, according to reports.


NY signs legislation to boost solar development

New York skyline

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a series of bills, which aim to boost the uptake of solar in the U.S. state. Overall, 3 measures have been introduced: tax credits; sales tax exemptions; and real property tax...


Interview: Centrotherm discusses reorganization proceedings and future strategies

Centrotherm HQ Germany

pv magazine caught up with Tobias Hoefer, the expert for reorganization on the board of Centrotherm AG and responsible for insolvency protection proceedings, and with CTO, Peter Fath to discover the current state of affairs,...


Approvals for Greek PV systems stopped, drastic cuts introduced

Greece solar photovoltaic installation

The Greek government has said it is seeking to restore liquidity to the electricity market through the introduction of new measures. A part of this change will see photovoltaic funding drastically cut and approvals for PV systems...


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PV module price declines continue

General solar photovoltaic module

Photovoltaic module prices have fallen by more than 2% in July and 44% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from IMS Research. August is predicted to see a slight increase, however.


Sunways sees significant Q1 losses

Sunways Quai de Valmy Paris Fassade

Sunways AG has recorded significant Q1 2012 financial losses on the back of material production shortages and selling price pressure. Sales revenues in Asia did see an upturn, however. Looking ahead, the company has declined to...


Hanwha wants to keep Q.Cells' German production

Q.Cells Thalheim Solar Valley

According to media reports, Hanwha is interested in keeping Q.Cells’ photovoltaic production in Germany. However, it is still unclear whether a final offer has been made.


Canadian Solar misses Q2 shipment target, records further losses

Canadian Solar photovoltaic modules in park

Canadian Solar Inc. has missed its Q2 2012 photovoltaic module shipment guidance, thus ending the quarter with higher than planned inventory. Despite this, the company still expects to ship between 1.8 and 2 GW of product for the...


Suntech’s Shi steps down

Zhengrong Shi, Suntech

In a surprise announcement, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd has said founder Zhengrong Shi – one of the most prominent solar industry figures – has stepped down from his CEO position. The company will now be led by David King.


BIPV to add 4.6 GW of new capacity by 2017

Pythagoras Solar Willis Building BIPV

Between 2011 and 2017, the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market is forecast to add 4.6 GW of new capacity, thus making it one of the fastest growing solar industry segments.


Australia: $40.7 million grant secured for PV research

Tyree Energy Technologies Building

Hailed as "historic", the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Queensland have been awarded a AU$40.7 million grant to establish two photovoltaic research programs.


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