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GCL-Poly signs 9.3 GW supply deals

A GCL-Poly solar project in China.

The Chinese poly manufacturer will supply wafers and poly materials to Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar over two years.

Italian government deals second, retroactive, PV blow

Solar photovoltaic park in Italy

Following the official announcement this week that Italy’s energy regulator, GSE, will not open a register for large-scale photovoltaic plants in the second half of 2012, the government has now said it wants to apply a...

2011: 27.7 GW of PV installed; full potential of many markets unfulfilled

Fürstenwalde photovoltaic solar project, Germany

According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), in 2011, photovoltaic installations grew 11 GW over 2010. While emerging markets played a vital role in this growth, they have yet to fulfill their "enormous"...

France: FIT reductions continue

French flag

In France, the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) continue to drop. As the country’s regulator, CRE (Commission de Regulation de l’Energie) announced, the tariffs for new installations connected in the first quarter 2012 will...

MPPT and energy storage key PV inverter features

SMA inverters

While a new survey on photovoltaic inverters has revealed that price is the over-riding factor in customer purchasing requirements, it was also found that many are willing to pay more for efficiency gains. Meanwhile, monitoring...

Transparent electronics market good news for solar

Schetuen Solar BIPV project at Carrara Stadium, Australia

A report looking into the commercial viability of transparent electronics provides a very positive assessment of its opportunities within the solar industry, including predictions of in excess of 1,000 percent growth in some...

'Bring high-tech industry home,' Obama says in State of Union address

Obama at the state of union address in January 2012

Proclaiming that U.S. "workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you – America will always win," President Barack Obama came out swinging on January 23, in a State of the Union 2012...

MiaSolé provides staff layoff update

MiaSole screenshot

Following various media reports that CIGS manufacturer, MiaSolé had introduced staff layoffs, the company has provided pv magazine with an update.

UK: DECC High Court FIT appeal dismissed; will go to Supreme Court

UK almost 5MW solar photovoltaic plant

Representing a goal for the U.K. solar industry, the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’S) judicial appeal against the High Court ruling that its plan to alter the feed-in tariff (FIT) rates was illegal, has today...

6 GW of PV installed in Asia Pacific in 2011

Thailand solar photovoltaic park by Conergy

While it is well known that the Asia Pacific solar markets are on the up and up, new research has revealed that they are growing at a faster than expected pace. Having installed six gigawatts (GW) of new photovoltaic capacity in...

Conergy suffers EBITDA blow

Conergy branding on side of solar photovoltaic module factory

Rounding off a tough year, Conergy has reported a weaker than expected EBITDA. Price pressure, restructuring costs and project financing delays all impacted on the company’s performance. A continuing difficult market environment...

CIGS market to double by 2015

CIGS production shot

Lux Research has found that the copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar market is likely to double between now and 2015. However, it warns that only a few manufacturers will succeed.

Germany’s Economics Minister calls for PV cap and drastic cuts

Philipp Rösler (FDP) Germany

It seems Germany’s FDP Economics Minister has submitted his own solar incentive proposal. According to media reports, he wants to introduce a nine gigawatt (GW) cap for newly installed photovoltaic capacity until 2020, and a...

Solar shows strong 2011 US greentech transaction activity

The U.S. solar market may have experienced a challenging 2011, amid political wrangling and such debacles as the Solyndra insolvency. Despite this, the industry shone when it came to greentech transactions, ranking second after...

Q-Cells unveils financial restructuring plan; releases updated 2012 guidance

Q-Cells HQ building in Germany

Q-Cells SE continues to suffer from the fall out of 2011’s weak solar market conditions. The company has still not determined its 2011 losses, and is experiencing ongoing problems with its convertible bonds. Despite this, it...

Italy: PV register for large systems will not open in 2H 2012

Italian regulatory authority, GSE, has officially announced that it will not open a register for large-scale photovoltaic systems in the second half (2H) of 2012.

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