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Centrotherm cites PV sector weakness as 50 jobs cut

Centrotherm turnkey production line.

The German solar equipment manufacturer announces continued restructuring and modernization program that will see 50 jobs go at its Blaubeuren HQ.


India: Only 67.25 MW of PV added in last quarter

Bridge to India has released its October edition of the India Solar Compass. The report finds that between July and September there has been a drastic drop in PV capacity addition compared to prior quarters. The key question is...


Gestamp Solar to develop 300 MW of solar projects in Japan

Spanish company Gestamp Solar has partnered with Kankyo-Keiei for the development of solar projects in Japan, with a focus on rooftop installations. The projects are to be undertaken over a three year period.


Aster Capital leads financing round for SolarFuel

Venture capital firm Aster Capital, sponsored by Alstom, Solvay Rhodia and Schneider Electric, has announced a €4 million investment in SolarFuel GmbH. This is part of a €7.5 million financing round that Aster Capital is leading....


First Solar: Three transfer companies for employees planned

First Solar will stop its operations in Frankfurt Oder by the end of 2012. According to a media report, it is not going to be easy to find alternative jobs for its employees by the end of the year.


Centrotec sells its Centrosolar shares

Centrotec Sustainable AG has disposed of its 26.14% holding in Centrosolar Group AG. Centrotec hereby winds up its focus on photovoltaic. Centrosolar is now a fully independent company and thereby enjoys increased strategic scope...


Germany: 145MW solar park completed

It is one of the biggest photovoltaic projects in Germany. The 145 MW solar park in Neuhardenberg has been completed in record time and before the transitional period expiry date to attain subsidies.


PV Taiwan: Hopes and strategy changes

Slower traffic and no solar boomtown atmosphere, but still engaged interest and good business talks. This is so far the impression from this year's PV Taiwan, which opened its doors yesterday.


PV Taiwan: Oversupply remains an issue

Vertical integration or horizontal 'dis-integration'? Consolidation or specialization? And when will manufacturing capacity ever come in line with demand? These are some of the formidable questions executives of several of...


Sumitomo invests in 550 MW solar farm

Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) and parent Sumitomo Corporation have invested in the Desert Sunlight solar farm in the Californian desert. This is Sumitomo's first U.S. solar investment.


China: GCL-Poly to supply modules for 310 MW plant

Government approval has been secured for the planned 310 MW solar plant in Datong, Shanxi province, China, and production will start from fourth quarter onwards with the facility fully operational in the first half of 2013,...


Centrotherm: Application granted for self-administration

The District Court of Ulm has granted centrotherm's application to open reorganization proceedings under its own administration. This marks a decisive phase in the proceedings.


Details emerge on SoloPower’s plans

The SoloPower HQ.

While CIGS startup MiaSolé heads towards sale, to the Hanergy Holding Group, for what seems to be a very low price, details have emerged as to fellow U.S. flexible module producer SoloPower’s plans.


3M will buy Ceradyne Inc.

3M will go ahead with the acquisition of Ceradyne Inc. for US$860 million and thereby expand into the ceramics business. Ceradyne produces fused silica crucibles for casting multicrystalline silicon cells for PV, among other...


PG&E launches Green Button Connect

A PG&E substation in the Mission districit in San Francisco.

As a part of its plan to facilitate better demand-side management of electricity usage, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched its Green Button Connect system. The software aims at providing electricity usage...


3S Soluciones y Servicios Energéticos files for bankruptcy

A PV array in Spain.

Spain’s photovoltaic and renewable energy company 3S Soluciones y Servicios Energéticos based in Zizur Mayor has initiated voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in front of Commercial Court number 1 of Pamplona.


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