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Energy storage dominates Solar Energy UK

Solar Energy UK 2014 discussion

Energy storage took center stage at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham, Enlgand, on Wednesday. While the sector is in agreement about its vital role in the furthe development of renewables, the U.K. government is not doing enough to...

China launches EU polysilicon anti-dumping investigation

Polysilicon solar photovoltaic

According to reports, China’s Ministry of Commerce has launched an investigation into European imports of solar grade polysilicon.

Germany considers keeping EEG

Phllip Rösler.

The German Liberals and Monopolies Commission have come out in favor of a photovoltaic quota system, instead of the current EEG. However, Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader, Philipp Rösler, and the German Cabinet have rejected...

Indonesia set to challenge Thailand in PV stakes

A solar photovoltaic park in Thailand.

Indonesia, with its thousands of scattered islands and consequent off-grid photovoltaics demand, is set to challenge the traditional dominance of Thailand in the South East Asian region over the next four years, according to a...

UK Energy Bill could be put back

A windfarm at Whitelee, Scotland.

The U.K. government's controversial Energy Bill, which was expected to be debated in Parliament on Monday November 5, is likely to be delayed until later in the month following the furore that erupted yesterday between the...

GTAT next solar company to announce job cuts

US flag

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (GTAT) has announced it will reduce its global workforce by around 25%. The streamlining is expected to save the company around US$13 million annually. Both economic and trade related challenges were...

Panasonic responds to solar expansion scale back rumors

Sanyo Panasonic HIT solar photovoltaic modules

This week, Reuters reported that Panasonic may revise its plans to ramp photovoltaic module production up to 1.5 GW, due to weak market demand, particularly in Europe. A spokesperson has provided pv magazine with an update.

Kyocera sees solar decline on back of falling demand

Kyocera photovoltaic site in Nedo.

Announcing its 1H 2012 financial results, Japanese electronics giant Kyocera said that sales in its solar energy business decreased, due to a fall in demand in Europe and a decline in product prices worldwide, combined with the...

Germany: PV FITs to fall 2.5% following nearly 1 GW of new installs

Germany solar photovoltaic plant

Newly installed photovoltaics in Germany amounted to nearly one GW in September, and 1.85 GW between July and September. Consequently, it is now clear that the feed-in tariffs (FITs) will be reduced by 2.5% a month for the next...

China: Pushing for PV consolidation

Solarpraxis China Power Plants Conference 2012

China’s central government is said to be pushing for photovoltaic consolidation in its domestic industry. This, photovoltaic storage solutions, and balancing cost and quality control were some of the key themes at Solarpraxis’...

Singulus announces job cuts in solar sector

Singulus HQ

Singulus Technologies has announced it will reduce its solar workforce in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany, by 40% by the end of 2012, on the back of a market decline for silicon solar cells. The company will expand its thin film...

Construction to begin on 1 GW Serbian PV project

Belgrade Serbia

A one GW, €1.75 billion photovoltaic project has received the green light in Serbia, after the government and project developer, Securum Equity Partners & Associates signed a binding framework agreement on October 25....

PV market pickup forecast for 2H 2013

General solar photovoltaic modules

New photovoltaic installations worth over 31 GW are predicted for 2012, despite continuing overcapacity and price declines. Forecasts are that the global industry will return to growth in Q2 2013, and will regain lost ground in...

KLA-Tencor exits solar inspection business

KLA-Tencor solar photovoltaic ICOS PVI-6 inspection modules

KLA-Tencor has announced it will be immediately halting its solar inspection operations, due to declining business opportunities and a weak market outlook. No impact on the company’s financial or operational results are expected.

Abound Solar: 3-pronged criminal investigation launched

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules

Already financially reeling following bankruptcy, Colorado-based Abound Solar has now fallen afoul of the law. In a statement released on October 25, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office in Colorado, acknowledged that its...

Dow Corning affected by oversupply and depressed prices

Dow Corning HQ Belgium

Dow Corning Corp.’s Q3 2012 financial results have been significantly impacted by polysilicon oversupply, depressed prices and solar uncertainty.

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