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US: Stion to ramp production ahead of tariffs on Chinese modules

Stion says that its modules are well suited to residential, commercial and utility scale applications.

American CIGS manufacturer Stion Corporation has announced plans to ramp its production ahead of expected tariffs on Chinese solar modules imported into the U.S.

SolarWorld announces job cuts

Solar World solar photovoltaic module production

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese "dumping" prices have been cited as a key reason.

France: Demand for PV high, despite FIT cuts

French residential rooftop solar photovoltaic system

In spite of the sharp decrease in feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in the last 12 months in France, photovoltaic systems are still in high demand from French consumers.

Insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun HQ

Germany’s Charlottenburg district court opened insolvency proceedings for Odersun AG on June 1, following the company's failure to find an investor.

Komax Solar lays off 70 workers

Swiss flag

In response to the "persistently challenging economic environment", Komax Holding AG has announced that Komax Solar will lay off around 70 workers.

California: New roofs must be solar ready from 2014

solar photovoltaic installation on US rooftop

The California Energy Commission has introduced new energy efficient standards for all new residential and commercial buildings. The new measures mean that from January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs.

Solar stocks suffer tough month

Bull and bear

A tough month on global financial markets, with the main U.S. indices posting losses of around six percent and Europe, fairing a little worse, was exacerbated for solar stocks, as key governmental decisions impacted upon prices.

UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities’ clean future


This week brought encouraging news from China regarding the development of smart grids to help enable the smart and sustainable cities of tomorrow. In addition to the key role solar can play, the need to focus on technology...

PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...

Inventux lets 67 employees go

Inventux HQ

Inventux’s insolvency administrator has, after fruitless negotiations with Germany’s labor agency, let 67 employees go, mainly from the already significantly-reduced production side.

SolarBridge obtains $25 million for expansion

SolarBridge solar photovoltaic microinverter

U.S.-based photovoltaic microinverter company, SolarBridge Technologies has secured US$25 million in Series D funding.

Future of Germany’s PV industry discussed

German solar photovoltaic park

Industry experts are currently discussing the future of the German solar market in Berlin, following the amendments to the country’s renewable energy law (EEG).

Motech to sell US polysilicon facilities


Motech Industries Inc. has announced it will sell off its U.S. polysilicon manufacturing operations, due to the "drastically" changing solar industry and weak economies of scale.

Bankruptcy or acquisition facing half of PV manufacturers

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic modules

"At least" half of the world’s existing photovoltaic manufacturers will either go bankrupt or be taken over, according to Ernst & Young and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Meanwhile, they have identified three key solar...

Hanwha SolarOne sees mixed Q1 results

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic modules

Having curtailed its photovoltaic module shipments to avoid potential retroactive tariffs from the U.S., Hanwha SolarOne has seen a decrease in activity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. Overall, its financials achieved mixed...

Yingli sees Q1 improvement despite dumping tariffs

Yingli solar photovoltaic installation 1.4MW 2009 Rutgers University

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has recorded a relatively positive first quarter (Q1), despite the imposition of preliminary dumping tariffs by the U.S. While its financials significantly improved sequentially, it...

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