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Hemlock to close Tennessee polysilicon site

Hemlock Semiconductor majority owner Dow Corning has decided to abandon the never-opened polysilicon facility in Clarksville, citing price pressures and Chinese tariffs. 50 employees will be affected.


Top 10 module suppliers in end-of-year reshuffle, says IHS

Trina Solar is forecast to become the world's largest module supplier at the end of 2014, according to IHS.

Revised full year forecasts from the world's leading solar module manufacturers prompt top 10 reshuffle, according to newly combined Solarbuzz and IHS.


Canada clean energy sector employs more people than oil sands

80 MW Sarnia PV plant, Ontario

Investment in renewable energy tops CAD$25 billion in the past five years, pushing employment in the sector up by 37%.


Dutch solar simulator startup raises €2 million

The Eternal Sun simulator.

Eternal Sun, a spin-off from Delft University of Technology in Holland has announced that it has raised €2 million ($2.5 million) in A round financing to continue rolling out its solar simulator technology. Belgian's Vermec is...


Abengoa puts a 250 MW solar CSP plant online in California

Abengoa has declared commercial operation for the Mojave plant, the fourth in a series of very large concentrating solar power (CSP) projects which have come online in the last 14 months in the deserts of the Southwestern United...


Young Germans more interested in renewable energy than pensioners

Germans leaping on the beach.

Public support for the country's Energiewende runs across the political spectrum, but polls show the younger generation is more in favor of switching to a green electricity provider.


ReneSola opens new offices in Canada and Mexico

ReneSola HQ, China.

Chinese company's expansion in North and Central America follows similar successful strategy in U.S. as it seeks to capitalize on expected solar growth.


UK: Share offer launched for 5 MW community solar farm

The directors of the Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy initiative at their previous project, the 1 MW Chelworth solar array.

The Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy scheme hopes to raise $4.25 million for the 5 MW Braydon Manor Farm PV installation in the southern England county of Wiltshire.


NEO Solar inks 400 MW cell deal with Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar installation.

The Taiwanese solar cell maker expresses relief at the deal, having suffered Q3 losses as a result of the U.S.-China trade dispute.


SMA reduces 2014 guidance for second time, will increase layoffs

SMA CEO.

SMA has significantly reduced its sales guidance for 2014. In its new guidance, the German inverter supplier expects sales between EUR 775 million and EUR 790 million, down from EUR 850 million and EUR 950 million. "Significantly...


Sonnenbatterie gets EUR 7.5 million cash injection

Sonnenbatterie storage management.

The battery storage system manufacturer completes a successful round of funding, capital will flow into expanding production, developing U.S. business and providing support for rapid growth.


IEA calls on EU for greater cooperation in shift to cleaner energy

Coal-fired power plant.

Potential Energy Union requires greater emphasis on energy security throughout Europe, with renewable energy playing a greater role in that transition, says International Energy Agency.


Taiwan's solar companies feel the strain in Q3

Neo Solar Power HQ

Poor third-quarter financials across the board for Taiwan's leading solar cell companies as the U.S.-China spat rumbles on, spreading uncertainty throughout the industry.


pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 21-28

Tesla motor.

Assault of batteries shapes the week, while the good vibes of the 15th Forum Solarpraxis are punctured by the news of SolarMax's insolvency.


SolarMax insolvency: lack of pan-European policy harms industry, says expert

Hoffmann at the Forum Solarpraxis.

The insolvency of Switzerland's SolarMax is yet another indictment of Europe's failure to nurture pro-solar political conditions, says solar consultant Winfried Hoffmann.


Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


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