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Phoenix Solar extends financing deal despite lower revenue, earnings forecast

Phoenix Solar 3.5 MW plant, Saudi Arabia

The publicly listed German PV system integrator has again revised its revenue and earnings forecast downward but offers a positive outlook for 2015 based on orders received. CEO Bernd Köhler has announced he will exit the company...


Sonnedix acquires 23.5 MW project portfolio in France

Solar IPP Sonnedix has acquired two solar PV projects totaling 23.5 MW in Istres and Saint Martin de Crau in southeastern France from EDF Energies Nouvelles.


Kazakhstan: New plant opened in Astana as part of larger PV project

A new PV module production plant has been opened in Kazakhstan's capital city, Astana. 60 MW are expected to be produced annually with an expansion up to 100 MW expected. The project is a part of the state program to create a...


IMS Research releases new report on emerging solar markets

IHS solar experts from IMS Research, iSuppli and Emerging Energy Research have analysed potential solar PV development in markets that have yet to emerge. Demand forecasts for 38 selected emerging markets in Southeast Asia,...


A look into SunPower’s US$2 billion payday

A picture of Goetz Fischbeck.

Yesterday’s announcement that the solar subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Solar has agreed to purchase SunPower’s Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) for a sum between US$2 billion and US$2.5 billion has made headlines...


EDF Renewable Energy completes Catalina financing

Black solar panels, set against a blue sky and desert hills.

Financing for the 143 MW Catalina photovoltaic power plant in, California’s Mojave Desert, has closed. EDF Renewable Energy has announced that a majority interest in the project has been acquired by a group of investors.


Chile: 400 MW of project applications submitted

A photovoltaic array in Chile.

In an apparent confirmation of the results published by NPD Solarbuzz showing strong photovoltaic growth in Latin America, applications for environmental approval for projects in Chile continue to come in.


Mexico, Chile and Brazil to lead PV in the region

According to the latest NPD Solarbuzz report "Emerging PV markets report: Latin America & Caribbean", the demand for PV is set for high growth through 2017.


MidAmerican acquires 579 MW Antelope Valley power plants

A picture of Antelope Valley.

SunPower has announced a deal that will see it sell the co-located Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) to MidAmerican Renewables for an undisclosed amount. The AVSP will be worth some 579 MW when completed.


Australia: 30 MW installation approved

The Australian flag.

A council in the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria has given the go ahead for a photovoltaic power plant near the town of Kerang. The local company ECO for LIFE will construct it.


China Sunergy opens factory in Istanbul

China Sunergy Co. (CSUN) has opened a solar facility in Istanbul, Turkey with Turkish partner Seul Energy Investment Corp. The first 150MW solar module line will begin production this month.


The 2012 solar year in review and what lies ahead in 2013

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During 2012, many PV manufacturers endured a long, uphill battle, staggering under steep price cuts, excess inventory, shrinking margins and political headwinds; and all the while, jostling for position with other technologies....


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Yingli Green Energy brings solar power into Tibet

Yingli Green Energy has partnered with Longyuan (Tibet) New Energy Company Limited to supply 22,209 off-grid PV systems to families in Tibet.


LDK Solar announces arbitration ruling

LDK Solar has to pay JYT Corporation of Beijing (JYT) RMB294 million (approx. US$47 million) plus additional RMB3.4 million (approx. US$550,000) to cover arbitral fees.


Industry shakeout filters out untested PV technologies

Equipment solar photovoltaic

Only the lowest cost and most commercially viable PV technologies will end up surviving through the brutal PV shakeout phase of 2012, writes Finlay Colville, vice president of NPD Solarbuzz.


Germany: Glimmer of hope for First Solar's Frankfurt operations

First Solar Frankfurt Oder facility

By the end of the year, First Solar Inc. will stop photovoltaic production in Germany's Frankfurt Oder. However, plant management has announced that there is now investor interest and hopes for a solution in Q1 2013.


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