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ReneSola modules power 11.7 MW Italy PV plant

ReneSola HQ, China.

The solar company's high-efficiency modules have been chosen for Italy's Ferrara Aranova PV project.

Gehrlicher and Merk Solar Enerji establish Turkey JV

Gehrlicher Merk Solsr signing JV contract in Turkey

Germany-based Gehrlicher Solar AG and Turkish energy company, Merk Solar Enerji Çözümleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. have established a joint venture (JV) under which they plan to develop photovoltaic projects in Turkey and its...

Solon receives 2 concrete takeover bids

Solon HQ building

According to reports, Berlin-based Solon has received two concrete takeover offers. Negotiations are expected to begin in the coming week.

SunPower completes Tenesol acquisition

Tenesol module facility, France

U.S.-based SunPower Corp. has completed its acquisition of French solar company, Tenesol SA. At the same time, Tenesol parent company, Total has bought new shares from SunPower, thus taking its ownership of the company to around...

HCPV efficiency of 33.9 percent reached

Semprius' HCPV modules

Semprius has recorded an efficiency of 33.9 percent on one of its high concentrating photovoltaic (HCPV) modules. The results have been verified by the Instituto de Energia Solar (IES) at the University of Madrid, in Spain.

3 solar takeovers given the green light

Centrosolar HQ building, Germany

LDK Solar, Bosch and Centrosolar have all been given the green light to go ahead with their planned (and, for LDK and Centrosolar, partial) takeovers of Sunways, Voltwerk and Gecko Group, respectively.

US: Retroactive duties could be applied to Chinese solar imports

Chinese US flags

The controversy surrounding the U.S.-China trade debate looks set to continue well into 2012. Having already twice delayed the deadline for its preliminary decision on Chinese solar import duties into the U.S., the Department of...

European PV demand increases; incentives tightening

According to the latest European PV Markets Quarterly report from NPD Solarbuzz, the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 is expected to see a 10 percent rise in European photovoltaics demand. However, it says that due to the amount of...

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

Spanish flag

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

German flag

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"...

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