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S.A.G. Solarstrom secures bridging loan

S.A.G. Solarstrom, in Freiburg.

The German developer says the $2 million loan will tide it over until project sales and loan repayments bring in at least $14 million by the end of June. Solarstrom will also use the money to continue its search for a white...

Solon insolvency details emerge

Solar reference solar photovoltaic project

Hww wienberg wilhelm, insolvency advisors to Solon have released further details relating to the Berlin company’s announcement yesterday.

Top 5 countries by 2011 PV installations announced

US, City of Rifle solar photovoltaic installation by SunEdison

IHS iSuppli has published its 2011 photovoltaic installation predictions. At the top of the charts is Italy. The research body also believes module prices will continue to fall into 2012.

First Solar: Transitioning to post-subsidy PV

The facade of the First Solar plant in Frankfurt (Oder).

In the presentation of its 2012 guidance today, First Solar has announced a strategy to focus on serving "non-subsidy" markets in the future. The key will be to reduce costs to ensure that its photovoltaic power plants can...

Belectric named solar EPC leader

Belectric solar photovoltaic installation in Italy

Belectric is the global solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) leader, having installed 62 power plants worth 391 megawatts (MW), according to IHS iSuppli.

Australian energy "white paper" neglects PV potential

A scientist with a flexible solar cell.

A strategy document released this week, on Australia’s energy future, seems to have overlooked the potential of photovoltaics in the country. Instead the report focused on unproven technology, like carbon capture and storage, and...

Solon files for insolvency

Solon North America photovoltaic plant

Berlin-based Solon SE is the latest 2011 solar market victim, having announced yesterday evening that it has filed an application for the opening of insolvency proceedings.

UK petition urging FIT proposal rethink delivered to Downing Street

REA Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell and STA Chairman Howard Johns were joined by Friends of the Earth Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton, Solarcentury Chairman Jeremy Leggett, and a cross-party group of MPs including Caroline Lucas MP, Caroline Flint MP, and Tessa Munt MP.

The U.K. Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA) today delivered a letter signed by over 200 prominent organizations and a 17,000-strong petition asking the government to rethink its current...

Tunisia opens its first PV module factory

NR-Sol's new solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Tunisia

NR-Sol is gearing up to open Tunisia’s first photovoltaic module factory on December 15. Initial production capacity will be 25 megawatts (MW), but there are already plans in the pipeline to ramp this up, and to start...

Intersolar China: Looking forward

Intersolar China 2012 exhibition floor

Intersolar China drew to a positive close today in Beijing. What became clear was the great interest in photovoltaics in China, as well as the enormous market opportunities of a growing Chinese domestic market.

Scatec Solar to build 75 MW PV plant in South Africa

The South African flag.

Norwegian company, Scatec Solar has today announced that it has been selected as a preferred bidder for a 75-megawatt (MW) South African photovoltaic park.

China: Oerlikon and CRES sign thin film MOU

Oerlikon Solar thin film photovoltaic equipment

Oerlikon Solar and the International Cooperation Center for China Renewable Energy Society (CRES) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they intend to collaborate on the development of thin film silicon...

ArrayPower's CEO talks integrated AC modules and solar survival strategies

Solar photovoltaic installation equipped with ArrayPower's Sequenced Inverter technology

In an interview with pv magazine, ArrayPower’s CEO, Wendy Arienzo discusses the company’s three-phase sequenced inverter, and explains why she believes the technology has reached a deeper level of integration than its peers. She...

Solar venture capital funding on the rise

600 kWp solar photovoltaic installation by a road in Germany by Isofoton

According to preliminary figures, 2011 venture capital (VC) funding in the solar industry has already exceeded 2010 levels, having risen from $1.67 billion last year, to $1.71 billion as of November 30, 2011.

MEMC announces over 1,300 redundancies, production cutbacks and SunEdison consolidation

US ground-mount solar photovoltaic installation at ironwood prison by SunEdison

2011 has wreaked yet more havoc on the solar industry. MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. has today announced that it will be making significant workforce reductions, manufacturing cutbacks and operational changes, effective...

US sees largest industrial high rise solar system installed

1.2 MW solar system installed on LA building

Photovoltaic module manufacturer, JinkoSolar and engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Premier Power have installed what they say is the largest solar system on an industrial high rise. pv magazine finds out more.

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