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State Solar Job census celebrates solar's economic clout

Rooftop installation.

Census reveals benefits the solar PV industry brings to the U.S. economy, earning praise from the SEIA for revealing encouraging trends.

Canadian Solar: Bad debts and arbitration hit the accounts

A Canadian Solar photovoltaic plant.

The key number in the fourth quarter and full year figures released by Canadian Solar is the company's general and administrative expenses which, the company says, unfairly skew perceptions of its performance in 2012.

Inverter manufacturer announces global projects

A Saudi solar farm.

German inverter manufacturer Kaco new energy GmbH has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi electronics company AEC to make and distribute its products from Riyadh.

APAC to account for 11 GW of PV demand

solar photovoltaic installation

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is forecast to account for 11 of the expected 31 GW of photovoltaic demand in 2013, according to NPD Solarbuzz. China is expected to compensate for a demand decrease in Germany. Meanwhile, supply...

First Solar joins Desertec as shareholder

The planned Desertec project in Tunisia.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) has announced some welcome good news with U.S. thin film giant First Solar coming on board as a shareholder in the project.

US: SolarCity adds photovoltaic customers but losses widen

A Solar City installer.

SolarCity's impressive new customer numbers and MW deployment figures fail to mask the fact the California-based solar company's losses widened in a tough 2012.

Germany: Consensus for fundamental EEG reform

Bundestag Germany Berlin

The German Federal Environment Minister wants a fundamental reform of Germany's renewable energy law, or EEG. His ideas received wide support at a meeting between the German Chancellor, ministers and associations.

UK: Smaller PV presence at Ecobuild 2013

Ecobuild 2013

In contrast to Ecobuild 2012, where PV companies, including installers, wholesalers and distributors, inverter suppliers, framing equipment firms and module manufacturers, dominated the exhibition, this year’s show saw a...

Suntech takes over GSF fund ownership

Suntech HQ

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd has reached a settlement regarding its fraud dispute with GSF Capital Pte Limited (GSF Capital). A part of the agreement has seen the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer taking over ownership of the...

Portugal reaches 225.5 MW of installed PV capacity

Portugal solar photovoltaic plant Martifer Solar

Cumulative photovoltaic capacity in Portugal reached 225.5 MW at the end of 2012, according to a report published by the Portuguese energy regulator, DGGE (Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia), on March 4.

India contemplates new funding model for solar mission despite budget deficit fears

India solar photovoltaic plant

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has today said that a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) model has been "envisaged" for the second phase of the country’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). National...

Germany’s Hawi announces insolvency

Germany-based Hawi Energietechnik AG is insolvent. Around 100 employees have been affected by the news.

US leads China in solar exports

US-China solar energy trade flows 2011 (US$) chart

Bring it on! The United States doesn’t know its own strength when it comes to competition with China, according to a report just released by the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center. And that holds especially true in the...

Greece adds 300 MW of PV capacity in January

Greece solar photovoltaic park thin film

According to the latest figures, 300 MW of newly installed photovoltaic capacity was added to Greece’s grid in January. Meanwhile, new forecasts estimate 2.58 GW and 2.82 GW of cumulative capacity at the end of 2013 and 2014,...

Financial markets "endorse" Obama DOE and EPA nominees

Barack Obama with DOE and EPA nominations 2013

In Washington, DC, this week, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Lisa Jackson officially vacated their seats in the Cabinet, leaving considerable baggage behind....

Inverter buyer survey: Storage seen as key

An inverter buyers survey conducted by IHS Inc. revealed that there is a growing need for energy storage in PV systems. More than 400 global PV inverter customers responded to the survey, of which a third expect to be using...

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