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Australia: Rooftop solar future boosted as Labor pledges support

Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has blasted the recent recommendations made by the government-appointed review panel headed by businessman Dick Warburton and pledged continued support for rooftop solar, RenewEconomy...

Germany: Nearly 5 GW by the end of July

The German flag.

The German Federal Network Agency announced a total of 4.9 GW in new photovoltaic installations from the beginning of the current year to July 31. That represents nearly double as much as in the same period last year.

JinkoSolar to supply off-grid utility scale project

A mine in the Limpopo region of South Africa.

Chinese module manufacturer, JinkoSolar has said it will supply South Africa’s first off grid utility scale photovoltaic system. The 1 MW plant will supply electricity to a chrome mine in the Limpopo province, in the north east...

Australia: Victoria cuts FIT

A rooftop PV system in Australia.

The government of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria announced today that it will cut its photovoltaic FIT for the second time this year. The FIT paid will be reduced from AU$0.25/kWh (US$0.26) to $0.08kWh (US$0.08),...

Interview: Export-driven PV plans for Tunisia

A Desertec project image.

With its high solar radiation and growing demand for energy, North Africa is set to become a big future solar market. pv magazine spoke with expert Khaled Nasraoui, co-founder and deputy CEO of Tunisian-based producer Aurasol...

Chile: Sharp increase in PV applications

A picture of the Atacama desert in Chile.

Applications worth over 2.4 GW of newly installed capacity have been submitted in Chile in 2012. While a good proportion may never go ahead, it indicates very rapid growth in the South American market.

Suntech releases preliminary Q2 results; denies Italy PV wrongdoing

Suntech HQ China, Wuxi

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd’s preliminary results for Q2 2012 include a gross margin significantly below its original guidance, and increased operating expenses. Although shipments and revenues were said to have increased, it...

Poland’s new RE law to boost PV, but boom and bust fears exist

Poland solar photovoltaic park

2013 is set to see increased photovoltaics support in Poland. While many expect the new law – and generous subsidies – to boost the country’s solar industry, there are already fears the government’s conservative capacity...

Sovello in talks with potential partners

Sovello production

Production at the insolvent Germany-based photovoltaic company, Sovello is at a standstill. Despite this, talks are said to be ongoing with "major strategic partners".

China Sunergy expects adverse 2H

China Sunergy HQ building

On the back of paltry Q2 2012 financial results, China Sunergy expects its business to be adversely affected in 2H. The usual suspects – oversupply, weak market demand and low ASPs – were identified as the main culprits....

Suntech’s GSF charged with illegal construction of solar plants in Italy

Suntech HQ China Wuxi

According to media reports, criminal charges have been filed in Italy against the Global Solar Fund, S.C.A., Sicar (GSF). It is claimed the company "illegally" built solar farms in the country in order to take advantage of...

Germany wants to avoid Eu-Sino trade war

Angela merkel

During a visit to Beijing, the German Chancellor sought to find a political solution to the anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) dispute involving China’s photovoltaic manufacturers.

Hanwha wins Q.Cells bid

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Q.Cells SE has announced that the South Korea-based Hanwha Group has won its bid to take the insolvent Germany company over.

JA Solar also posts net loss; decreases FY shipment guidance

JA Solar factory China

Like Yingli, JA Solar has experienced a weak Q2 2012, compared to Q1. Annual improvements have been seen, however and a new sales record set. Overall, the company has revised its FY shipment guidance downwards.

Yingli records significant Q2 net loss; lowers FY shipment guidance

Yingli solar photovoltaic modules

Continuing its battle with the tumultuous solar market conditions, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has recorded a massive Q2 2012 net loss and decreased revenues. For the full year, the company has lowered its...

Q.Cells’ creditor meeting begins

Q.Cells Thalheim Germany

According to reports, 47 representatives at the insolvent Q.Cells SE are currently deciding whether South Korea’s Hanwha, or Spain-based Isofotón will get to take the German company over. When the decision will be reached is not...

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