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SMA founder Günther Cramer, 62, dies

Günther Cramer passed away on January 6, 2015.

The company's founder, longstanding chief executive officer and chairman of the supervisory board has passed away after a long illness.


Organic solar substrate that literally grows on trees

Research material.

Researchers have published results showing that organic solar cells can be produced on cellulose nanocrystal substrates (CNC). The cells are easily recyclable and are being touted as the first solar cells from materials that...


Uganda drops PV FIT program

Uganda solar photovoltaic panels for sale

Without announcement, Uganda has dropped its PV FIT program. Although other forms of renewable energy are still eligible for support, prices for PV power are said to have fallen enough worldwide to merit the removal of tariffs in...


First Solar tops 2012 EPC rankings

The Copper Mountain Solar Facility in the U.S.

In its 2012 EPC rankings, IMS Research has found that First Solar became the world’s biggest, in terms of MW completed. First Solar completed more than 500 MW of projects last year, the report has found. IMS Research is now a...


Solar Frontier restarts No.2 fab

A PV power plant in Japan.

In another sign that the booming Japanese market is delivering considerable demand to photovoltaic manufacturers, thin film producer Solar Frontier has announced today that it is restarting its 60 MW Miyazaki No. 2 fab. The...


Poland proposes more PV changes

Poland parliament

According to media reports, the Polish Government has implemented further solar subsidy changes to its renewable energy draft law. Under them, support will only be given to photovoltaic plants up to two MW in size.


Centrosolar sells solar glass division; suffers devastating 2012 losses

Centrosolar HQ

Centrosolar Group AG will sell its solar glass division off, following a year of devastating financial losses. The Germany-based company has also postponed the publication of its annual report and announced the continuation of...


UK: Consumers ready for Time of Use tariffs

The flag of the UK.

The first stage of the U.K.’s largest smart grid project has returned results indicating that consumers are ready to embrace Time of Use (TOU) electricity tariffs, if they stand to benefit from lower electricity charges.


Bad investment and US trade case led to Suntech fall

Suntech Wuxi

Failure to correctly vertically integrate its business operations, the impacts of the U.S.-Sino trade case and the fallout of the GSF Fund debacle all led to Suntech’s current situation, according to IHS Solar. Furthermore, the...


Bulgaria: Photovoltaic grid access fee revoked; appeals underway

Bulgaria solar photvoltaic plant

The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court has overruled the controversial grid access fee, introduced for photovoltaic producers in Bulgaria last September 18. The State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SWERC) has...


JA Solar sees significant 2012 net loss

JA Solar photovoltaic production China

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd has seen both its Q4 and FY 2012 net losses plummet on the back of a "challenging" year. The company also announced production capacity scale-backs totaling 600 MW. While photovoltaic module shipments...


Political moves in Australia’s renewable energy landscape

A cabinet reshuffle in Australia results in the Department of Climate Change merging with Industry and a new Energy Minister. In the states of Queensland and Western Australia, electricity price policies remain a subject for...


Innotech Solar ramps PV module capacity up

Innotech Solar Germany photovoltaic cell production

Going against the current grain, Innotech Solar is planning to increase its photovoltaic module production capacity. New jobs are expected to be created.


Cost reduction and innovation the key for struggling PV laminator producers

Laminator solar photovoltaic fully autmoated cross wiring process

Photovoltaic laminator producers see little sign of any upturn in the months ahead, on the back of a tumultuous 2012. Weak demand and factory closures are characterizing the industry, as are overcapacity and U.S. sanctions on...


Singulus Technologies and M-Cells to cooperate on cell production

PV equipment producer Singulus Technologies and solar cell manufacturer M-Cells have signed a letter of intent to expand technological cooperation for commercial production of crystalline silicon cells.


Solarcon 2013: PV Restructuring in China

China solar photovoltaic park Golmund

It is clear the fall from grace of one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers – a key topic at this year’s Solarcon China 2013 – will impact other Chinese top-tier companies. Other discussion points at the event included...


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