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Build first, worry about quotas later, says China

A rooftop system.

In another push for DG, China's National Energy Administration says small-scale generation pilot areas must be started by the end of the month to qualify for support. Manufacturer Renesola says a Q4 solar gold rush would drive up...

SunStrom saved by management

SunStrom HQ branding

SunStrom GmbH has been saved after former management purchased the company. All remaining jobs are expected to be maintained.

US: Salazar signs final PEIS for solar development on public lands

Map of six states chosen for utility-scale solar development.

The U.S. Department of Interior has finally given the green light to the development of solar on 285,000 acres of public lands in the southwest.

Solyndra anti-trust lawsuit branded as "misguided"


Solyndra’s anti-trust lawsuit, filed last week, has been branded as a "misguided effort … to find scapegoats". The three named Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers have strongly denied the allegations.

Centrotherm submits reorganization plan on time

Centrotherm photovoltaics AG has today submitted its reorganization and future concept plan, on time, to the Ulm District Court.

Solyndra files anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech for "illegal cartel"

Suntech bsolar photovoltaic modules

The bankrupt Solyndra filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Suntech Power Holdings Company Ltd and other Chinese companies on October 11 in San Francisco, the U.S., accusing them of, among other issues, "running an illegal cartel".

Solar storage needs stable and sustainable market development

Battery solar storage

Solar storage solutions are integral to the further development of the photovoltaics industry. However, cowboys "looking to make a quick buck" need not apply, as stable and sustainable market development is required, according to...

China calls on US to foster closer solar cooperation

US China flags

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has called on the U.S. to drop the trade case launched against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers and instead help foster closer cooperation between the two nations.

SolarCity becomes focus of US Treasury investigation

SolarCity solar rooftop

A number of U.S. solar companies, including SolarCity Inc., have been issued with subpoenas by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which is investigating the companies’ participation in the Section 1603 grant program. If...

New off-grid PV concepts unveiled

Phaesun world cafe Off-grid solar photovoltaic

Although off-grid photovoltaic technology still represents a relatively small market segment in the solar industry, for many, the technology has become vitally important. At the second Off-grid Experts Workshop organized by...

Germany: Environment Minister, Altmaier wants EEG overhaul

Peter Altmaier

Peter Altmaier wants a "top to bottom" reform of Germany's renewable energy law, or EEG. He sees the target for renewable energy sources rising to 40% by 2020, from the previous goal of 35%, but also seeks restrictions for...

SolarWorld vows to fight PV trade case loophole

SolarWorld Hillsboro

If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) declines to impose tariffs on photovoltaic modules made in China using cells manufactured in third countries, SolarWorld has said it will "immediately" seek separate action.

Chile launches online tool to study solar availability

Chile 1.4MW Saferay solar photovoltaic plant

A new online tool that permits solar energy developers to precisely explore the availability of solar resources for the entire territory of continental Chile has been launched by Chile’s Ministry of Energy, and the Faculty of...

Suntech CFO resigns

Suntech HQ Wuxi China

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd interim CFO has resigned from her post. Anlin Ting-Mason will stay on as CFO of Suntech America, however.

Record Q4 PV inverter shipments predicted; China to overtake Germany

Conery solar photovoltaic inverter

Global photovoltaic inverter shipments are expected to reach 8.6 GW in Q4 2012, thus representing the "largest final quarter ever recorded". Despite this, falling inverter prices are predicted to dampen revenues. Meanwhile, in...

US Commerce votes in favor of duties for Chinese PV manufacturers

US China flags

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has concluded that Chinese manufacturers have sold solar cells in the U.S. at dumping margins. Meanwhile, in the CVD investigation, duties will be retroactively applied to all Chinese...

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