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Solar plus ecosystem and offsite wholesale PV to takeoff

Shayle Kann at the Solar Summit

Integrated solutions such as distributed rooftop PV, plus storage, plus load management are set to reshape what we think of as the U.S. solar market today. This was one of the key takeaways in a compelling presentation delivered...

Gehrlicher Solar sunk by termination of $110 million bank loan

Gehrlicher HQ Dornach

German photovoltaic group Gehrlicher Solar AG said on Tuesday that its decision to file for insolvency on Friday was prompted by the termination of a $109.5 million loan by a banking consortium. The company added that its...

Phoenix Solar, Silicon Ranch partner on 38.6 MW project in Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch Corporation have joined forces to build a 38.6 MW solar plant in the U.S. state of Georgia. Georgia Power will buy the generated electricity under a 20-year PPA deal.

Greece is the word for Chinese manufacturers

Port of Piraeus, Greece

Chinese solar PV manufacturers are eyeing a possible move to Greece in an effort to mitigate the impact of EU anti-dumping tariffs. Chinese operations at the Port of Piraeus in Athens could help.

SolarWorld appoints representative at noteholders' meeting

SolarWorld gathered its noteholders for a second round of meetings today. This time attorney Alexander Elsmann was appointed to represent all noteholders.

Indian state of Gujarat may cut solar feed-in tariff

Canal PV plant in Kadi, Gujarat

Gujarat's utility company is recommending a reduction in the tariff rate it pays for solar power from the current price of US$0.21 a kilowatt hour to about US$0.15.

Thailand greenlights 29.5 MW of solar projects valued at $75.6 million

Grace Solar Thailand solar park

The Thai government has approved 29.5 MW of new solar projects as demand for electricity continues to rise.

Lower revenue for Aleo Solar in the first half of 2013

Module manufacturer Aleo Solar AG has reported that it expects a plunge in revenue. The profound decline in demand in Europe and the price erosion have been quoted as reasons.

Gehrlicher Solar files for insolvency

Gehrlicher Solar HQ in Dornach

Gehrlicher Solar AG has become the latest German solar company to file for insolvency as the ongoing crisis continues to take its toll.

Indonesia: Auctions to award solar projects

Indonesia has decided to embark on using the auction system to award solar power projects. 172.5 MW of capacity are in the pipelines to be auctioned.

EU trade case: Short-term compromise becomes evident

The tendency is mounting towards a possible short-term agreement in the ongoing trade dispute between the EU and China. According to the EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht's spokesperson, the EU is doing everything in its power...

Romania installs 175.5 MW of new PV in six months

Electricity power lines in Romania.

Romania reaches 203.5 MW of installed PV capacity of which 175.5 MW has been electrified in the first half of 2013. Country's PV pipeline amounts to 2.7 GW in coming years.

Chile's energy and mining ministers inaugurate 2.3 MW plant

Arica y Parinacota.

Solar park in the northern Chilean region of Arica y Parinacota will provide energy to mining company Quiborax. New PV plant inaugurated yesterday by government ministers is the country's largest to date.

Analysts not surprised by Conergy insolvency

Financial experts shocked not by the Conergy insolvency but by how long it took the Hamburg company to file insolvency proceedings. The Hamburg state prosecutor had filed charges against former Conergy executives two years ago.

Number crunch in German solar sector

The bankruptcies, losses and production cuts of German photovoltaic companies show the dire state the country's solar industry is in. An enquiry made by the Die Linke political party revealed there are only around 87,000 jobs in...

Chinese poly producers - demand driving production, not tariffs

GCL-Poly polysilicon production.

Daqo and GCL-Poly deny they have raised production levels ahead of the expected imposition of duties on foreign polysilicon in China. Demand is driving our output, say both as EU-China trade talks reportedly near resolution.

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