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California sets solar power generation record

The 50 MW Chocolate Mountain PV plant in California.

Solar power provided to the state electricity grid reached 4,093 MW on Saturday, surpassing all previous records.

Germany: First Solar scales production back

First Solar Frankfurt Oder solar photovoltaic thin film manufacturin building

First Solar is to reduce production at its Frankfurt/Oder manufacturing facility in Germany by 50 percent. As a result, 1,200 employees will be moved onto six months of shorter working hours.

Sanyo closes Californian solar facility

Sanyo HIT photovoltaic module

Sanyo Solar (USA) LLC (SSU) has confirmed it will be closing its solar wafer and ingots facility down at the end of March. Around 140 employees will be affected.

Germany’s Röttgen to address energy storage conference

Norbert Röttgen

Germany’s Federal Environment Minister, Norbert Röttgen, has confirmed his attendance at the first "Energy Storage – Summit for the Storage of Renewable Energies" conference, scheduled to be held in Düsseldorf this March. During...

Israeli scheme encourages Negev Bedouin to profit from PV

Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in Israel

The traditionally semi-nomadic communities residing in southern Israel’s Negev desert have been the subject of disputes involving land, poverty and access for some time. A wave of initiatives to encourage villages to gain...

Bosch delays work on Malaysian PV factory

Bosch solar photovoltaic module

According to media reports, Bosch has delayed its plans to build a photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia, due to the turbulent solar market conditions.

Roth & Rau announces "significant" closures and employee cuts

Roth & Rau Germay HQ building

Admitting that its photovoltaic business has been negatively affected by the weak market conditions in 2011, Roth & Rau has said it will close a number of its subsidiaries and "significantly" reduce its workforce by the end of...

Germany: Rösler explains solar subsidy exit strategy

Phillipp Rösler

An explanatory statement for the proposed law has now been presented. In it, the German Federal Ministry of Economics explains the planned steps to a new regulation of solar promotion. It remains unclear what the actual...

SolarWorld acquires over 95 percent of Solarparc’s shares

Frank Asbeck

SolarWorld AG has almost completed its 100 percent takeover of Solarparc AG. The company announced today that it now owns over 95 percent of Solarparc’s shares.

GCL and NRG form new solar company

GCL-Poly polysilicon facilities

China-based GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and U.S. company NRG Solar LLC have established a new solar company, Sunora Energy Solutions 1 LLC. Each party owns 50 percent.

Q4 2011 surge in North American PV installations

The North American photovoltaics market experienced a boom in new installations in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2011, due to decreasing market prices and policy program changes. In 2012, the market boasts a 25 gigawatt (GW)...

Solarhybrid and Solar Millennium finalize takeover deal

Blythe solar project simulation

Following months of negotiations, Germany's solarhybrid AG has acquired Solar Millennium AG’s 2.25 gigawatt (GW) U.S. photovoltaic pipeline.

Germany: Rösler plans solar subsidy exit strategy

Phillip Rösler

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics has presented its own proposal for alterations to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG). An additional installed capacity of 33.3 gigawatts (GW) could see an end to the solar subsidy.

India: Lanco accused of flouting JSSNM guidelines

Indian flag

Touted as the world’s most expensive publicly funded solar energy program, India’s much hyped Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has hit its first roadblock. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) alleges that...

Switzerland also publishes PV tariff cuts

Swiss flag

Switzerland’s Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) has announced that photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) will decrease by a total of 18 percent.

Greece announces new PV rates

Greek solar photovoltaic park in Drama by Conergy

The Greek government has announced changes to its photovoltaic subsidies. It has also highlighted the important role the technology plays in Greece.

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