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SEIA backs Massachusetts plans to scrap net metering cap

Rooftop solar PV installation, U.S.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has lobbied for a new net metering program, drawing support from SEIA and the New England Clean Energy Council.

Amendment: Global Solar Energy seeks investors

A picture of the Global Solar manufacturing facility in Germany.

Flexible CIGS manufacturer, Global Solar Energy has announced it is looking for new investors to come on board, in order for business to progress to the next phase.

Aleo to close Spanish module factory

aleo solar module factory spain

Germany’s aleo solar AG has today announced it will close its photovoltaic module factory in Santa Maria de Palautordera, Spain, by the end of the year at the latest. Ninety-two jobs will go.

Germany: Record month for PV

German solar photovoltaic park

Photovoltaics accounted for around ten percent of Germany’s energy supply in May, according to the country’s Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW).

Solarwatt on the brink of insolvency

Solarwatt HQ Germany

Talks with an investor, which should, in the short term, eliminate the debt of Solarwatt AG, have failed. As such, the photovoltaic company will probably have to register for insolvency with the District Court. Update: In-house...

China number one cleantech nation; PV growth rising

China solar photovoltaic system Optomy rooftop

China has become the world’s most successful cleantech nation, both in terms of its growth (number one) and the size of its sector relative to its total economy (second only to Denmark), according to a new WWF report. Meanwhile,...

"Kickstarter for solar" raises US$2.5 million

A roof in Oakland with solar panels, it has Chinese details.

California-based Solar Mosaic has received US$2.5 million in funding to expand its solar-crowdfunding model. While details are scarce and the website still under development, the company’s model is widely tipped to allow...

Trina Solar: EU trade case major setback for PV

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With only days to go before Intersolar Europe opens its doors, talk of an EU trade case - similar to the U.S.-Sino one - is becoming more common on the photovoltaic rumor mill. Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar has made...

Italy: Conto Energia V to be published by end of June; amendments likely

Solarworld solar photovoltaic rooftop system Italy

Italy’s government is expected to have a final draft of the Conto Energia V by the end of next week, thus preparing it for publication in the country’s Official Journal at the end of June. Following a meeting with the country’s...

Konarka: Technology not market to blame

A Konarka thin film PV module.

Lux Research released a statement today setting out that it was Konarka’s technology and strategy that was to blame in the firm’s failure, not the photovoltaic market itself.

Croatia announces drastic FIT cuts

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The Croatian government has drastically lowered the country’s renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FITs). The period for which they are paid, however, has been extended.

EC calls for more RE trading; looking to set 2030 targets

5 MW solar photovoltaic park in Spain

The European Commission (EC) has said that member states should increase the use of renewable energy (RE) trading. It has also called for a more coordinated approach to support schemes. For RE growth beyond 2020, it has further...

CASE calls for US and Chinese governments to unite

The US and Chinese flag.

The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) has today called on the U.S. and Chinese governments to work together to avoid a "destructive" global trade war. Meanwhile, an analyst reports that tariffs are too late to protect...

Solar trade case will go to Europe

European Union flags

According to industry analysts at Jefferies, the anti-dumping and countervailing duty trade case will move to Europe this month.

Employees want to take First Solar over

First Solar Frankfurt Oder facilities

Part of First Solar Inc.'s German workforce has said it wants to continue producing the manufacturer’s photovoltaic thin film modules, according to media reports. However, in the future they will only make modules for small...

Solarhybrid insolvency proceedings open

Solarhybrid Germany solar photovoltaic park Fürstenwalde

The insolvency process has begun for Germany’s Solarhybrid AG.

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