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IRENA: PV prices have declined 80% since 2008

First Wind Warren PV plant

In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the development of solar photovoltaic and its dramatic decline in costs.

EPIA interview: PV is already providing energy solutions

EPIA Reinhold Buttgereit

By 2030, photovoltaics will be a mainstay of the European electricity market. Against a backdrop of falling prices, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) anticipates a photovoltaics market share of 15 to 25%. In...

Centrotherm announces management changes

Centrotherm HQ branding

As part of its ongoing reorganization process, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced a number of management and supervisory board changes. Of particular note, Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO), Jan von Schuckmann will...

China 2012: 5 GW of PV installations predicted

Suntech Chinese solar photovoltaic module product manufacturing facility

The latest figures from IMS Research indicate that China will see newly installed photovoltaic capacity reach 5 GW by the end of 2012. While the market has seen a slow start, it predicts an enormous end of year surge.

Solar industry calls for global green free trade

Solar photovoltaic panels

On the back of increased trade tensions, including the AD and CVD debates currently raging in the U.S. and Europe, a number of leading industry players have joined forces to call for the establishment of free trade regulations...

France boosts FITs for rooftop PV 'Made in Europe'

France solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

In a positive announcement, the French government has said a feed-in tariff (FIT) bonus of 10% will apply to photovoltaic rooftop systems, which have been manufactured in Europe. Furthermore, tariffs for eligible systems will be...

Poland lowers PV support before law comes into force

Poland solar photovoltaic installation

Poland’s Ministry of Economy has published a third draft of its Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act, which is scheduled to come into play on January 1, 2013. Under the changes introduced, photovoltaics will see reduced...

Solar VC funding plummets

Miasole solar photovoltaic installation

According to the latest figures, venture capital (VC) funding in the solar industry has plummeted in Q3 2012, leading it to become the first sub-$100 million quarter since 2008 for the industry. On a positive note, solar leasing...

Applied Materials announces major workforce reduction

Applied Materials equipment

Applied Materials Inc. has announced it will cut between 900 and 1,300 jobs in a bid to realign its global workforce.

Aleo solar introduces reduced working hours

aleo solar HQ Germany

Aleo solar AG has announced it will not extend its temporary worker contracts in a bid to reduce inventory. It is expected that production will again be ramped up early next year.

PV Taiwan: China, Japan and EPC hold the key

Reasons to be cheerful and more opportunities to take advantage of. That's the consensus of PV Taiwan 2012, which closed its doors this afternoon in Taipei.

Japan: SMA will supply 70 MW project in Kagoshima City

SMA Solar Technology will supply a 70 MW solar project operated by Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp. in Kagoshima City, in southern Japan.

EPIA report anticipates a PV future for Europe

With release of its report "Connecting the sun: solar photovoltaics on the road to large scale grid integration", the European PV Industry Association (EPIA) predicts that solar PV can provide up to 25% of the continent's...

Germany: Ronneburg solar park inaugurated

Thuringia's Minister for Trade and Industry, Matthias Machnig has inaugurated a 20 MW solar park installed by juwi on a former uranium ore mine in Ronneburg. This is said to be the largest photovoltaic installation in the state.

Little daylight evident in Sunways' Q2 figures

Sunways AG has released its second quarter figures and, like the rest of the industry, the headline numbers make for grim reading.

Japan: Siliken will supply Japan Railway Group installation

State-owned Japan Railway Group has picked Siliken as its photovoltaic module supplier for its first installation in Kyushu, Japan.

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