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India considering tax incentives for solar households

Hyderabad rooftops, India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposes a tax incentive for homeowners keen on installing solar panels on their rooftops.

Hanwha SolarOne: "High-quality modules, with Korean-quality mindset"

Hanwha SolarOne factory

While it reported an operating loss in Q1 2012 of US$35.1 million last week, Hanwha SolarOne believes it is heading in the right direction. The company reduced U.S. shipments to avoid the hefty tariffs imposed by the Department...

Australian-German innovation in PV

Speaking at the event was the Australian Trade Commissioner Nicola Watkinson, Ambassador Peter Tesch and UNSW's Martin Green.

Crystalline-silicon (c-Si) researcher Martin Green has participated in a forum today where the future for German-Australian photovoltaics was said to be in equipment supply and innovation respectively. Australian Ambassador to...

JA Solar emerges relatively unscathed from Q1

JA Solar factory China

Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer, JA Solar has posted comparatively positive first quarter (Q1) 2012 financial results compared to many of its industry counterparts. In particular, its shipments were strong.

Hanergy will acquire Solibro

Solibro CIGS thin film photovoltaic

Following media speculation over the past couple of days, Q.Cells SE has today announced that Hanergy Holding Group Limited will acquire the German manufacturer’s thin film subsidiary, Solibro. The financial details have not been...

Panasonic ramps up Li-ion battery production

Panasonic smart energy system graphic

Panasonic Corporation will begin mass production of its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system, which has been developed for European residential homes kitted out with solar.

Nanosolar secures funds for expansion

Nanosolar solar thin film

Nanosolar Inc. has secured US$70 million in new capital, which it will use to boost the company’s business activities going forward.

Konarka files for bankruptcy

konarka solar photovoltaic thin film technology

Organic solar film manufacturer, Konarka Technologies, Inc. is the latest solar company to file for bankruptcy protection under chapter 7 of the U.S. Federal bankruptcy laws.

SolarWorld announces job cuts

Solar World solar photovoltaic module production

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese "dumping" prices have been cited as a key reason.

France: Demand for PV high, despite FIT cuts

French residential rooftop solar photovoltaic system

In spite of the sharp decrease in feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in the last 12 months in France, photovoltaic systems are still in high demand from French consumers.

Insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun HQ

Germany’s Charlottenburg district court opened insolvency proceedings for Odersun AG on June 1, following the company's failure to find an investor.

Komax Solar lays off 70 workers

Swiss flag

In response to the "persistently challenging economic environment", Komax Holding AG has announced that Komax Solar will lay off around 70 workers.

California: New roofs must be solar ready from 2014

solar photovoltaic installation on US rooftop

The California Energy Commission has introduced new energy efficient standards for all new residential and commercial buildings. The new measures mean that from January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs.

Solar stocks suffer tough month

Bull and bear

A tough month on global financial markets, with the main U.S. indices posting losses of around six percent and Europe, fairing a little worse, was exacerbated for solar stocks, as key governmental decisions impacted upon prices.

UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities’ clean future


This week brought encouraging news from China regarding the development of smart grids to help enable the smart and sustainable cities of tomorrow. In addition to the key role solar can play, the need to focus on technology...

PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...

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