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Yingli Solar posts positive preliminary 2013 financial results

Yingli Solar PV production.

The Chinese solar company estimates that shipments increased by approximately 13% in the fourth quarter of last compared to Q3.


First Intersolar China gets off to a slow start

Intersolar China opening day 2011 visitors

Solar Promotion International's first Chinese trade show got off to a slow start today in Beijing, China, with fewer than expected visitors and exhibitiors attending the event. It is clear that China's photovoltaic industry is...


Africa: €400 million being raised for renewable energy; 6.5 MW PV project underway

South Africa's Waterberg region

ix:Africa, with the help of European merchant bank, NextEnergy Capital, is planning to establish a €400 million to €550 million private equity impact fund, which will help develop renewable energy and clean technology projects in...


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PV inverter market suffers falling revenues, but still set to grow

IMS Research solar photovoltaic inverter graph Q3 2011

The third quarter (Q3) of 2011 was not kind to the photovoltaic inverter market. According to new research, revenues fell by 20 percent year on year. Germany has been identified as the main culprit behind the declining figures....


Launch of Malaysian FIT prompts flurry of PV proposals

Malaysian solar photovoltaic plant

Malaysia has launched its new feed-in tariff (FIT) system for renewable energy. On December 1, it began accepting applications for projects from 2012 to 2014 through an e-FIT online system. By December 2, 201 proposals for...


BIPV prospects in Japan bright, despite declining margins

PV Japan kicked off yesterday in Tokyo, Japan, under sunny skies portending a bright future for Japan's photovoltaic, and BIPV market. However, it is clear that overcapacity, and declining prices and margins have impacted both...


FIT battle continues as PV Japan opens

A picture of a stall at a trade show in Japan, while men in dark suits walk past.

PV Japan has opened today while a battle over the composition of the committee, which will determine the specifics of the renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT), rages.


Fiji to build Pacific-Island PV capacity

A sunset at a beach in Fiji.

The University of the South Pacific has connected Fiji’s largest grid-connected photovoltaic system, to the island of Suva’s electricity grid on Saturday. The landmark installation is a part of a wider project by Fiji and the...


High Court to hear application to challenge FIT

Two men in bright jackets install a solar module to a roof.

Environmental NGO Friends of the Earth has announced today that the British High Court has agreed to hear the NGO’s application to challenge the government’s slashing of the photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT). The High Court has...


US: Parallel probes into whether punitive steps should be taken against China

China and US flags together

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) voted unanimously (6-0) on Friday, December 2, to go forward with an investigation into whether "dumped and subsidized" imports from China have materially injured the U.S....


Australia: Carbon tax vital for PV power plant viability

An image of the town of Moree.

A study released this week, by the Australian Photovoltaic Association (APVA), has shown that while photovoltaic systems are approaching or have realized retail cost competitiveness throughout the country, large-scale ground...


US: DOE launches $12 million Rooftop Solar Challenge

US installers fitting a solar photovoltaic system to a rooftop

Cutting red tape is the focus of the U.S. Rooftop Solar Challenge, which was yesterday awarded $12 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot program. The project will see 22 regional teams working towards cutting costs...


JA Solar completes Silver Age acquisition

JA Solar Hebei Ningjin solar factory

Solar product manufacturer, JA Solar has completed its previously announced takeover of Silver Age Holdings Limited.


Chinese PV companies "avow" to fight only those behind SolarWorld's trade petition

Suntech's Zhengrong Shi

In the latest development of the U.S.-China trade dispute, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) has issued a statement on behalf of the country’s photovoltaic companies....


Copper for silver cell swap expected to be commercialized "sooner" than expected

imec's 23.3 percent efficient interdigitated back-contact silicon solar cell.

Imec and Kaneka have developed a silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cell, with a conversion efficiency of over 21 percent. Imec speaks to pv magazine about the achievement and states that the use of copper in commercial...


Emerging markets pushing renewable energy investment

Ukraine 80 MW solar photovoltaic park by Active Solar

2011 may well have been characterized by a number of controversial issues, including declining module prices, insolvencies, production cutbacks, consolidation, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the U.S.-China trade dispute....


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