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US residential demand approaching 1 GW a year

Arizona residential solar

Residential demand in the United States is increasing as PV systems become increasingly attractive across more states and falling prices drive denmand growth, NPD Solarbuzz reports.

Investment interest in Romanian PV market increases

500 kW solar photovoltaic installation Romania

The maturing photovoltaic markets in Germany, Spain, France and Italy, and recent feed-in tariff cuts in a number of key markets have prompted solar investors to look for new opportunities in South-East European (SEE) nations....

SMA announces job cuts of over 1,000

SMA solar photovoltaic inverter

On the back of "deep" subsidy cuts in Europe, SMA Solar Technology AG has announced it will reduce its workforce by 450 and terminate 600 temporary workers. Overall, it predicts a "significant" drop in sales due to a "steep"...

Interview: Inside Sungevity’s expansion Down Under

A roof with PV installed in Australia.

Solar lease provider and online solar entrepreneur Danny Kennedy has expanded Sungevity into nine states across the U.S., from its Oakland base. This year the company moved into the Netherlands and, this quarter, into Australia....

Iraq unveils $1.6 billion renewable energy plans

Iraq flags

According to reports, Iraq plans to channel US$1.6 billion over the next three years into solar and wind power, with the aim of adding 400 MW to the national grid.

EuPD: Independence in demand from consumers

A battery

As FITs and support mechanisms for photovoltaics change and hence uncertainty for consumers increases, so too does their willingness to invest in storage. This is one of the results of EuPD’s latest research into consumer...

Satcon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Satcon solar photovoltaic inverters

Satcon Technology Corporation and its six subsidiaries have today, October 17, filed voluntary petitions in Delaware’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court under the U.S. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code. The company aims to reorganize its structure,...

First Solar awarded contract for 13 MW MENA installation

The UAE Prime Minister in traditional robes, with a series of other dignitaries, looking at a tiny model of the renewable energy fab.

Photovoltaic activity in the MENA region continues to pick up, with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarding the 13 MW first stage of its 1 GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum project to First Solar.

Solarwatt’s insolvency proceedings revoked

Solarwatt HQ Dresden Germany

Solarwatt AG‘s restructuring plan has been finalized, meaning insolvency proceedings for the German company have been revoked. However, in the next six months, shorter working hours on the production side will be a possibility.

Interview: PV bankability hurdles are increasing

US large-scale solar photovoltaic plant Agua Caliente project

Ed Heacox, principal and co-founder of Envect Inc. talks to pv magazine about the U.S. solar market – the challenges, bankability, funding and how solar can play a role in developing smarter, more efficient grid.

Dead manufacturers walking: Study predicts solar firms' survival

Solar photovoltaic modules

By 2015, seven out of nine of the world’s leading solar module manufacturers will be China-based; and two will be U.S. firms, following a round of flameouts and takeovers in the industry, according to a report just released by...

Ontario FIT program deemed discriminatory

Ontario solar photovoltaic installation

According to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), which was citing a confidential interim WTO dispute settlement report, a panel has agreed that Ontario’s FIT system violates WTO rules.

SunPower idles manufacturing lines; cuts 900 jobs

SunPower Maxeon solar photovoltaic

As part of its reorganization plan, SunPower Corporation has said it will idle six solar cell manufacturing lines in the Philippines and cut around 900 employees, most of which are based on the archipelago.

Solar Frontier stops production at MP2 PV plant

Solar Frontier CIS module facility

Japan-based Solar Frontier has announced that production will be suspended at its 60 MW MP2 photovoltaic module manufacturing plant. Around 200 employees will be affected.

The future of Australian large-scale PV

A utility scale PV application in Australia.

Last week, Australia’s first utility-scale photovoltaic installation went online. Located in the Midwest of Western Australia, it will sell the generated electricity from its 10 MW of First Solar modules to a nearby desalination...

Italy reaches 15.9 GW cumulative PV capacity

Italy solar photovoltaic plant conergy

Italy has a cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 15.9 GW, according to Italian network agency, GSE. However, just €241 million is left in the country’s solar subsidy coffers.

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