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China adds 52 companies to list of approved PV suppliers

Module production, Trina Solar.

The updated list of Chinese companies that meet the entrance requirements for the PV industry has now risen to 161 in total.

India ups renewable energy commitment

India flag

India’s Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy has announced the increase of the country’s 2020 renewable energy targets, from six to 15 percent.

Lack of consumer understanding highlighted in solar survey

General solar photovoltaic plant image

According to Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey, while many consumers are said to be "optimistic" about the renewable energy, there is a lack of understanding regarding costs and adoption rates.

Phono Solar: Diverse offerings key to impacting challenging market

Eric Yuan standing in front of the Phono Solar booth at the Intersolar Europe.

Tier-two Chinese manufacturer Phono Solar said that the key to making an impact in the current challenging photovoltaic market is continue to develop diverse offerings targeting a number of market segments. Phono Solar’s Global...

East meets west with Scheuten Solar

A Scheuten Solar project

Comeback kid Scheuten Solar has celebrated its revival, from the brink, at the Intersolar Europe trade show. With Chinese investor Aikosolar taking over the intellectual property, commercial team and also German manufacturing...

Product differentiation highlighted as key survival tool at Intersolar Europe

The Intersolar trade show flags.

Intersolar 2012 is almost at an end. Overall, the event has been positively received, with many remarking on the high visitor quality. Speaking to exhibitors, a few trends emerged which, while perhaps not new, are definitely...

Stalemate on German FIT cuts

A photo of the German parliament upper house.

Bloomberg has reported that changes to Germany’s photovoltaic support program, introduced to the German parliament by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, may not go through, after negotiations with the parliament’s upper house...

US: City and county governments turn to PV

The SolarWorld HQ buidling.

While the expectations of SolarWorld launching a Sino-EU photovoltaic trade case during Intersolar Europe begin to the fade, the company has highlighted projects in the U.S. where municipal governments are turning to...

In ‘burst of energy,’ New Jersey Outshines California

A PV installation in New Jersey.

The U.S. added several more notches to its “sunbelt” during the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, according to a newly released market report. During the first three months of the year, Tennessee (number five), Hawaii (six),and North...

Intersolar: Inverter manufacturers say quality over quantity

SMA inverters at the HQ.

While visitor numbers at the Intersolar Europe 2012 are expected to be down on last year, inverter manufacturers have reported that visitor quality has been high and that the inverter hall has been buzzing with activity.

Activity levels high at Intersolar day 2

Intersolar Europe crowd shot

The second day of Intersolar Europe is at an end, and by all accounts the atmosphere was a positive one.While the exhibitor and visitor numbers may be down on previous years, there was nevertheless a lot of activity and many of...

UN: solar investment doubles wind investment in 2011

A solar installation.

While photovoltaic manufacturers struggle through difficult market conditions, two new reports have shown that solar attracted twice as much investment as wind in 2011. The reports have also shown that total renewable-energy...

Collaborate to facilitate PV

The IEEE logo.

The IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization, has sent a message to the photovoltaic industry that it needs to collaborate in the global marketplace, in the highly-competitive current market.

Solar Mosaic picks up US$2 million from DOE

A crosfunded installation in the US - California.

California-based Solar Mosaic have moved a step towards rolling out its "crowdfunded" photovoltaic model, picking up a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), as a part of its SunShot program.

Soitec completes Italy’s largest CPV power plant

A CPV module.

International semiconductor developer Soitec reported at the Intersolar Europe trade show today that it has completed what it claims is Italy’s largest concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant in Sicily. The company says that...

Report finds solar intermittency can be overcome

A picture of Moree, Australia.

A report from Australia’s leading national science and the technology research organization has found that the challenges posed by the intermitted supply of electricity produced by solar installations can be overcome.

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