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Coal use undermining German, UK climate efforts, warns WWF

Coal plant in Germany.

Study by the WWF finds Germany and U.K. are among biggest coal consumers in EU, with four German coal plants among the region's five dirtiest.

Singapore: Five solar research projects awarded grants

Marina Barrage, Singapore

The Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) in Singapore awarded research grants worth S$11 million (€6.8 million) to five research teams under the fifth grant call of the Clean Energy Research Programme.

HCPV technology to see rapid growth

A HCPV mirrored PV module.

While recent price reductions in crystalline-silicon (c-Si) photovoltaics has seen pressure mount on alternative technologies, a new Lux Research report forecasts rapid growth in high-concentrating photovoltaics (HCPV). As such,...

Global Solar announces German subsidiary insolvency

Global Solar Energy CIGS production facilities

U.S.-based Global Solar Energy, Inc’s German subsidiary, Global Solar Energy Deutschland GmbH (GSED) has applied for insolvency proceedings. "High" inventories, "collapsing" prices and "significant" European feed-in tariff...

Germany: Milder PV cuts to be announced soon

Peter Altmaier

According to reports, an agreement on Germany’s photovoltaic subsidies could be reached before the summer break. A decision was said to have been made at a meeting between new Environment Minister, Altmaier, and opposition and...

LDK still suffering in Q1; lowers FY revenue guidance

LDK branding

LDK Solar has seen some improvement on its fourth quarter 2011 (Q4) financial results, with Q1 achieving slight progress. However, with declining net sales and a stagnant gross margin, the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer still...

UK: Sunsolar Energy System to build 30 MW fab

The UK flag.

Photovoltaic installer Sunsolar Energy Systems has announced that it will build a 30 megawatt (MW) fab in the West-Midlands region of England. The company has been awarded a GPB5 million (US$7.8 million) grant from the government...

PV gross margins fall 75 percent

Solar photovoltaic modules

According to IMS Research, photovoltaic suppliers are suffering from "huge" pressure, following a 75 percent drop in gross profits in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. It predicts that they will continue to fall, as a result of the...

Australia: Queensland to slash FIT

The Australian flag.

The north-east Australian state of Queensland has slashed its feed in tariff (FIT) program, reducing tariffs from AUD0.44/kWh (US$0.43) down to AUD0.08/kWh (US$0.07). The conservative Newman Government, which came to power only...

First Solar installs 10 millionth PV power plant module

First Solar photovoltaic modules

First Solar achieved its milestone of installing its 10 millionth photovoltaic module in a utility-scale project at the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm project.

Increasing demand brings PV market into equilibrium

SolarWorld production facilities.

In its latest Solarbuzz Quarterly report, NPD Solarbuzz has predicted that global photovoltaic demand will grow by eight percent in 2012, year-on-year (Y/Y), to 30 gigawatts (GW). The analysts predict that in an environment of...

Canadian Solar to supply 40 MW to Real Goods Solar

A residential installation in the U.S.

Chinese/Canadian photovoltaic manufacturer Canadian Solar has announced today that it will supply 40 megawatts (MW) of modules to Real Goods Solar.

China: Probable duties on silicon

Chinese polysilicon producers are allegedly putting pressure on their government to impose duties on U.S. imports.

REC issues shares, restructures debt and writes down inventory

The REC factory in Norway.

Norway-based manufacturer REC carried out major financial restructuring today, issuing almost 870,000 million new shares, in an attempt to raise NOK1.3 billion (US$218 million). REC also refinanced its revolving debt facilities,...

Canadian Solar purchases 200 MW of projects from SkyPower

A SkyPower installation in Canada.

One of Canada’s largest solar project developers, SkyPower has sold approximately 200 megawatts (MW) of projects in Ontario to Chinese-Canadian manufacturer Canadian Solar. The companies have also launched a JV called CSI...

MIT researchers develop all carbon cell

A new type of photovoltaic cell developed by MIT researchers holds the promise of being able to tap into the near-infrared region of the spectrum.

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