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CEO Interview: Enphase goes big Down Under

Paul Nahi, President and CEO of Enphase Energy.

Enphase CEO and president Paul Nahi tells pv magazine that the company's recent activity in Australia's commercial rooftop sector is just the beginning of sustained expansion into the wider APAC region.


Weak Q1 for clean energy investments, says BNEF

utility-scale solar project

Global investment in clean energy in the first quarter 2013 was the lowest since 2009, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). In 2013, nonetheless, it predicts that solar installations will grow...


Solen reports insolvency

PV manufacturer Solen was unable to repay the interest on a loan within the stipulated time period. Two meetings with creditors to decide on a moratorium failed, due to the lack of interest and participation. The board is left...


LDK Solar announces non-payment of convertible notes

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China-based LDK-Solar announced that, due to a temporary cash-flow shortage, it was not able to make full payments to the holders of its 4.75% convertible senior notes due on April 15. A settlement is said to have been reached,...


Austria: New subsidy system for PV

Austria started its subsidy round for PV power plants on Friday. A total budget of €36 million has been set aside. With this budget more than 24,000 power plants with a total capacity of 115 MW are expected to be developed.


Germany likely to see storage subsidies on May 1

Storage battery

German state bank KfW says it is ready to start support of storage systems for photovoltaic systems in early May. The green light is, however, still to come from Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin.


El Salvador to build 14 MW plant

El Salvador beach image

The government of El Salvador is gearing up to build a 14 MW photovoltaic plant with financial help from German state bank KfW. It is expected to be the largest system of its kind, when complete.


Cyprus introduces net metering for residential PV systems

Cyprus solar photovoltaic system

The Cypriot Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) announced a number of steps on Friday, aimed at facilitating development of PV in Cyprus. Among them is the large-scale application of net metering.


Poland continues to struggle with its renewable energy law

Poland parliament

Renewable energy promotion in Poland has suffered a number of setbacks. Discussions over the draft law, originally scheduled to come into play this January 1, are, once again, underway. According to reports, the Economy Ministry...


German solar company to invest US$2.54 million in Brazil

Rio Grande do Norte Brazil

German solar company Ebitsch Energietechnik plans to invest 5 million Brazilian reales (US$ 2.54 million) in a photovoltaic project in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.


Germany installs 775 MW of PV in Q1 2013

germany solar photovoltaic park

Germany reportedly added 290 MW of new photovoltaic capacity in March, according to the Federal Environment Minister. While the Federal Network Agency’s figures are still to be released, if the information proves true, the solar...


Turkey: More PV details emerge

Turkey solar photovoltaic plant

Turkey is poised to become one of the third largest PV markets in the Middle East over the next five years, with 1.7 GW of unlicensed commercial-scale projects set to be installed through 2018, according to further details...


US: DOC asks customs to review Chinese PV imports

US, China flags

Chinese solar manufacturers are misreporting and underreporting their imports to evade new tariffs, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM). It adds that the U.S. DOC has asked Customs and Border...


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Germany calls for coal exit

Coal power

According to a new survey, 80% of German citizens have said they want to put a stop to coal power generation. In their opinion, the phase out of coal-fired electricity should be completed no later than 2040.


Avancis closes 20 MW CIGS PV facility in Germany

CIGS solar photovoltaic modules

CIGS manufacturer Avancis will turn one of its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Torgau into a technology center. As such, 67 temporary employment contracts will not be renewed, and employees at the company’s Munich-based...


Thin film in the MENA region

MENA CSP plant.

The 5th Thin Film Industry forum is about to commence in Germany's capital next week. With the global photovoltaic market shifting to the sunbelt regions and MENA countries, are the prospects for thin film in these parts of the...


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