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US adds 1.5 GW utility-scale PV capacity in first 8 months of 2014

New York skyline.

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows 68 MW of utility-scale solar power added in August as world leaders meet in New York for UN Climate Summit.


China lifts nuclear moratorium

Nuclear Qinshan plant China

Having placed a moratorium on the development of nuclear reactors in the country following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, China has announced it will again start building nuclear plants. Photovoltaic opportunities have also...


Germany: Schüco to pay €8.6 million back to Saxony-Anhalt

Schüco thin film solar photovoltaic

Schüco International KG has to pay back €8.6 million to the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry in Germany, following the closure of its thin film photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Osterweddingen.


NRG- GenOn merger approved

20 MW solar photovoltaic plant New Mexico

The merger between NRG Energy Inc. and GenOn Energy Inc. has been sanctioned by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). There are still a number of other approvals to be received, however, before the transaction can be...


Sovello lays off more workers amid dwindling hopes of a rescue

Insolvent German photovoltaic company Sovello is reducing its workforce from 170 to just 50.

Despite the ongoing search for an investor, Sovello GmbH can no longer continue to operate. As such, the team has been reduced from 170 to just 50 employees.


Wacker Chemie delays US polysilicon plans; affected by solar consolidation

Polysilicon production at Wacker's Tennessee plant has been held up for 15 months because of global photovoltaic market problems.

Wacker Chemie AG has announced production at its new Tennessee polysilicon facility will be delayed by 18 months. Overall, the company has reported "significantly" decreased sales in its polysilicon business on the back of...


APVIA: Singapore becoming base for solar business

A model of a green business park in Berlin.

While with only 5.5 MW in installed capacity, Singapore is a minor end-market for photovoltaics, however as a business and banking hub, it is increasingly becoming a base for solar companies.


Ukraine: Martifer Solar signs off on 4.5 MW Porogi project

Martifer Solar is buidling a 4.5 MW photovoltaic plant at Porogi, southern Ukraine.

Portuguese company Martifer Solar has signed an EPC contract to build a 4.5 MW solar plant in the Ukraine, which it plans to have online by the end of 2012.


UK reaches 1.3 GW of PV capacity

2.7 MW solar park at Spalding, U.K. part of 1.3 GW total photovoltaic capacity, according to DECC.

The latest figures from the U.K. government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show a total installed capacity of 1.3 GW of photovoltaics nationally at the end of September 2012.


Centrotherm unveils insolvency plan

Centrotherm solar photovoltaic company

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced its intention to fine-tune its insolvency plan with its creditors. The plans call for a capital reduction, and subsequent capital increase.


BIPV worth $7.5 billion in 2015

BIPV solar photovoltaic module

A report into the global building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) market forecasts it will more than treble to be worth over $7.5 billion in the next three years.


US IRS vows to appeal favorable ruling on Solyndra bankruptcy plan

Solyndra

In a decision that will once again elevate Solyndra to headline news – this time, during the crucial days leading up to the U.S. presidential election on November 6 – U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath ruled on October 22 in...


Asia Pacific energy storage market worth $12 billion in 10 years

Lithium-ion storage battery

A Pike Research report released today predicts that the Asia Pacific energy storage market will be worth $12 billion by 2022, with a capacity of 25 GW.


REC halts ingot production; announces management changes

REC solar photovoltaic facility Singapore

Norway-based REC has released its Q3 financial results. While still not in the black, the company is making positive progress, although it has halted production of ingots and blocks in Singapore. Management changes have also been...


Belectric plans organic PV production in Germany

Konarka thin film

Following Belectric’s takeover of Konarka Technologies GmbH, the company plans to set up organic photovoltaic (OPV) production facilities in Germany in the coming months.


Hanwha Q.Cells GmbH officially launched

Q.Cells factory solar photovoltaic

The acquisition of one of the world’s pioneering photovoltaic companies, Q.Cells, was completed today, with the launch of Hanwha Q.Cells GmbH. The new company’s leadership was unveiled at its headquarters, R&D center and German...


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