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Italian net metering expanded up to 500 kW

Siena, Italy

Italy has raised the upper limit for net metering in the country from 200 kW to 500 kW per installation. The measure is set to boost the commercial rooftop PV sector.

APAC region driving global PV demand as industry transitions

Solarbuzz photovoltaic demand graph

According to new figures, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in particular is set to experience significant end of year photovoltaic demand. Meanwhile, conditions are expected to remain challenging in the more established markets.

Bosch to close silicon thin film works in Germany

Bosch silicon thin film photovoltaics Erfurt

Bosch will close its silicon thin film works in Erfurt, Germany. In the future, the company will concentrate on the areas of crystalline and CIS thin film photovoltaics.

Hanwha signs Q.Cells takeover contract

Q.Cells HQ Germany

After months of speculation, the insolvent Q.Cells has confirmed the Hanwha Group’s interest in taking it over. While the two parties have signed a contract, the acquisition must still be approved by Q.Cells’ creditors.

Romney’s energy policy fuels US political debate

Mitt Romney

A 21-page policy paper on energy released by presumptive U.S. GOP Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney in advance of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, next week is predicated more on "what lies beneath" than on...

Japan: Company formed to develop 500 MW

The Japanese flag.

In a sign that major Japanese corporations are mobilizing to develop photovoltaic projects in the country under the revamped FIT regime, the Japan Mega Solar Power Co. has formed. The new company plans to invest 100 billion yen...

ReneSola hits Q2 guidance, posts operating loss

A worker inspecting ReneSola wafers.

In its Q2 results released today, Chinese vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer, ReneSola has announced that it has exceeded revenue and shipment guidance. Despite this strong result, the company posted a US$34.6...

GCL-Poly’s half-year profits plunge

A GCL-Poly facility.

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier, GCL-Poly has announced weak half-year results, with revenues falling by 22.4% and gross profit by 109.3%. In a statement announcing the results, chairman and CEO, Zhu Gong Shan has...

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Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt places hope in South Korea

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following the news that Hanwha may take the insolvent Q.Cells SE over, Saxony-Anhalt is placing its hopes in South Korea. The state government is heading to there next week to hold discussions with potential investors.

Brazil: Renova Energia to move into solar sector

Brazil flag

Shareholders in Brazil’s renewable energy major, Renova Energia, approved a decision on August 22, which will see the company – until now a major wind developer – expand its activities into solar energy.

JinkoSolar reports improved Q2 financials

JinkoSolar solar photovoltaic modules

Chinese photovoltaic player, JinkoSolar has seen many financial improvements in Q2 2012, unlike many of its peers. While losses were recorded, particularly compared to Q2 2011, positive progress from Q1 has been made.

Draker and SPTI announce merger; raise $8 million in equity

Ray Burgess

Solar monitoring and asset management solution provider, Draker and Solar Power Technologies, Inc. (SPTI) have completed their merger. The new, combined company has also announced the closing of US$8 million worth of equity.

AQT Solar seeks support

According to reports, thin film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) manufacturer, AQT Solar is looking for support in the form of a new partner or buyer.

Centrotherm to close Austrian operations

Centrotherm HQ Germany

Germany-based centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced operations at its Vienna branch in Austria are to be discontinued.

Italy to be knocked out of top 3 PV markets

Greece solar photovoltaic plant thin film

New figures have revealed that new global photovoltaic installations surpassed 13 GW in the first six months of 2012. In 2H almost 18 GW is expected to be added. For the FY, Germany, China and the U.S. will be the leading...

China concludes US solar subsidies violate WTO rules

US China flags

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has concluded that 6 renewable energy subsidies in the U.S. violate provisions made under the WTO Subsidy and Countervailing Measures Agreement and the Article 3 of 1994 General Agreement on...

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