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Gestamp Solar strikes deal for 50 MW California PV plant

Imperial Valley, Imperial County, California.

The solar company agrees, along with partner 8minutenergy Renewables, a PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to deliver a 50 MW solar plant.

Solar modules now officially regarded as e-waste

First Solar photovoltaic panels

The EU Parliament has officially changed the guidelines for its WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive. Under the amendments, used photovoltaic modules must now be collected and recycled.

US DOC decision on Chinese PV imports delayed again

Gordon Brinser, SolarWorld

According to various reports, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has once again moved back the deadline for its decision regarding the SolarWorld-led U.S.-China trade dispute.

Spain suspends FITs

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In a surprise move, the Spanish Council of ministers has implemented a temporary suspension of the renewable energy feed-in-tariffs (FIT) for new installations in Spain.

PV number games from Germany’s Ministry of Economics

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Photovoltaics subsidies are a highly contentious subject within the German Federal Government. Federal Minister of Economics Philipp Rösler has drawn up his own paper, which might have led to a compromise with the Ministry of the...

Wacker sees 2011 financial declines on back of weak solar market

Wacker polysilicon chip

Wacker Chemie has posted full year 2011 financial losses, primarily due to the weak performance of both the solar and semiconductor industries, and higher raw material costs. It managed to remain well in the black, however.

Eastman acquires Solutia for over US$4 billion

Solutia HQ building, US

Eastman Chemical Company and Solutia Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement worth around $4.7 billion, under which Eastman intends to take the U.S.-based chemical products company over.

Italian government deals second, retroactive, PV blow

Solar photovoltaic park in Italy

Following the official announcement this week that Italy’s energy regulator, GSE, will not open a register for large-scale photovoltaic plants in the second half of 2012, the government has now said it wants to apply a...

2011: 27.7 GW of PV installed; full potential of many markets unfulfilled

Fürstenwalde photovoltaic solar project, Germany

According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), in 2011, photovoltaic installations grew 11 GW over 2010. While emerging markets played a vital role in this growth, they have yet to fulfill their "enormous"...

France: FIT reductions continue

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In France, the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) continue to drop. As the country’s regulator, CRE (Commission de Regulation de l’Energie) announced, the tariffs for new installations connected in the first quarter 2012 will...

MPPT and energy storage key PV inverter features

SMA inverters

While a new survey on photovoltaic inverters has revealed that price is the over-riding factor in customer purchasing requirements, it was also found that many are willing to pay more for efficiency gains. Meanwhile, monitoring...

Transparent electronics market good news for solar

Schetuen Solar BIPV project at Carrara Stadium, Australia

A report looking into the commercial viability of transparent electronics provides a very positive assessment of its opportunities within the solar industry, including predictions of in excess of 1,000 percent growth in some...

'Bring high-tech industry home,' Obama says in State of Union address

Obama at the state of union address in January 2012

Proclaiming that U.S. "workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you – America will always win," President Barack Obama came out swinging on January 23, in a State of the Union 2012...

MiaSolé provides staff layoff update

MiaSole screenshot

Following various media reports that CIGS manufacturer, MiaSolé had introduced staff layoffs, the company has provided pv magazine with an update.

UK: DECC High Court FIT appeal dismissed; will go to Supreme Court

UK almost 5MW solar photovoltaic plant

Representing a goal for the U.K. solar industry, the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’S) judicial appeal against the High Court ruling that its plan to alter the feed-in tariff (FIT) rates was illegal, has today...

6 GW of PV installed in Asia Pacific in 2011

Thailand solar photovoltaic park by Conergy

While it is well known that the Asia Pacific solar markets are on the up and up, new research has revealed that they are growing at a faster than expected pace. Having installed six gigawatts (GW) of new photovoltaic capacity in...

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