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JinkoSolar to build 500 MW PV project in Zhejiang, China

The Chinese city of Lishui in Zhejiang Province

The ambitious $813 million, five-year project in the city of Lishui will include both distributed and ground-mounted installations. The company aims to build up to 100 MW of capacity a year.

Solar Millennium’s Flagsol stake sold to Ferrostaal

Solar thermal plant

Solar Millennium AG’s insolvency administrator has sold the company’s 74.9 percent stake in Flagsol GmbH to Ferrostaal GmbH.

Global installed PV capacity to hit 230 GW; consolidation will continue

Greece solar photovolatic system

Cumulative, grid-connected photovoltaic capacity is forecast to reach 230 GW in 2017, in comparison to just 11 GW of CSP capacity. Deployment is expected to be led by China. However, while the competitiveness of photovoltaics is...

Germany: First Solar to pay €5 million funding back

FF02 Frankfurt First Solar thin film

First Solar Inc. will have to pay over €5 million back to Germany’s Brandenburg, following the announcement that it will stop manufacturing operations in Frankfurt (Oder) at the end of the year.

Sovello in investor negotiations

Sovello manufacturing

Germany’s Sovello AG is urgently searching for a new investor, in order to save at least part of its workforce. Company management is said to be optimistic.

Interview: PV certification in China and quality standards

As the global solar industry develops, increased corporate transparency becomes a necessity on the back of growing consumer understanding and local market regulations. Subsequently, the services required by test laboratories and...

Scheuten will continue production in Germany

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic installation

Scheuten Solar has announced its photovoltaic module production in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen will continue, following the takeover of the company by Aiko Solar Group. However, 160 jobs have been lost.

Japan: Final report declares Fukushima a "man-made disaster"

The final report submitted by the parliamentary panel on the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year has declared the catastrophe a "man-made disaster". It states that the meltdown "could and should have been forseen and prevented".

Germany: PV accounts for record amount of power

The share of solar generated energy significantly increased in the first six months of 2012 in Germany. Around 14.7 billion kWh of electricity were said to have been produced from 1.2 million photovoltaic systems.

Sharp confirms relocation from Germany to UK

Sharp photovoltaic HQ Image

Sharp has confirmed it will move its European solar business from Germany’s Hamburg to the U.K.’s Wrexham. By the end of the fiscal year, the next phase of the company’s restructuring should be complete. Furthermore, it is...

GE puts CdTe plant on hold

GE's planned Colorado fab.

GE Energy has made the decision to put construction on hold at its Colorado thin-film fab for "at least" 18 months. The fab was to have an annual production of capacity of 400 MW when fully ramped, employing CdTe semiconductor...

India: Second phase of NSM likely to include domestic content requirement

Small solar photovoltaic plant in India

According to Bridge to India, the second phase of India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) will include a Domestic Content Requirement (DCR). Meanwhile, it says that the depreciating rupee is creating difficulty for India solar...

US: California installs over 1 GW of customer-generated solar

US solar photovoltaic rooftop system

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has said that over one GW of customer-generated solar energy has been installed in the U.S. state to date. The milestone was said to have been reached in 2011.

REC proposes new financial restructure

REC's factory in Norway.

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has walked away from a restructuring deal with bondholders after failing to gain approval from them for the measures. The company has, however, pushed ahead with plans to raise capital...

Schott Solar to close Czech operations

Schott Solar HQ Mainz

Germany’s Schott Solar AG has announced it will close its crystalline photovoltaic operations in the Czech Republic down. The news follows the company’s decision to exit the crystalline business.

Interview: Recognize where your PV competitiveness lies

Solarpack solar photovoltaoc plant Pablo Burgos

According to the CEO of Spain-based solar development company, Solarpack, finding demand for photovoltaic projects is one of the biggest challenges today. Regarding the U.S.-Sino trade case, he further believes that "everybody...

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