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IRENA conference highlights PV solutions for island tourism

IRENA conference attendees

Hot topics at the event included the pressing need for adequate energy storage on islands as well as the compelling case for photovoltaics.

US solar market threatened by sharp fall in subsidies by 2014

Brookings total federal clean tech spending graph

The Washington, DC-based think-tank, Brookings warned this month that U.S. investment in clean tech is facing a drop in subsidies in the coming two years, in a new report that included extensive coverage of the solar market.

REC shuts down last Norwegian wafer faciltiy

REC wafer Heroya Norway facility

The Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) will close its last multicrystalline wafer plant in Herøya, Norway. Around 460 employees will be affected. The company has also released its first quarter (Q1) 2012 results.

Germany: PV makes coal power unprofitable

Photovoltaics next to a coal plant

With the increase in installed photovoltaic capacity, the cost effectiveness of coal-fired power plants is decreasing. The outlook for coal, with the further development of emissions trading, will become even worse.

MEMC denies CEO's departure

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. has today issued a statement denying that its CEO is stepping down.

Japan: 51-cent FIT mooted

A pciture from the PV Expo, Japan.

The Nikkei business daily has reported that a feed in tariff (FIT) of 42 yen (US$0.51) per kilowatt-hour (/kWh) is likely to be recommended by the panel established to advise the Japanese government on the matter. The rate is...

Q.Cells resumes cell and module production

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following its insolvency annoncement at the start of the month, Q.Cells SE has resumed production of its photovoltaic cells and modules. The search for an investor is also underway – a "number" of parties have reportedly...

Ontario: Bureaucracy required

Ontario flag

Ambitious expansion plans are afoot for renewable energy and photovoltaics in the Canadian province of Ontario, Oleg Popovsky, business development manager of SunEdison tells pv magazine. He also calls for a reduction of red tape...

US: Interconnection queries raised as solar found to be fastest growing electricity source for utilities

US California Pioneer Schools solar photovoltaic installation

Solar is the fastest growing electricity source for U.S. utilities, says the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). While positive, the trend raises questions as to how the country’s distribution grid will manage this growth....

Thin film: Potential remains for those who survive

Avancis CIS thin film module

In a week when major restructuring at the world’s largest thin film producer, First Solar, has been the focus, the industry has gathered to discuss prospects for the technology and market in the future.

LG expects mass production of storage battery in 2013

LG Electronics Gumi South Korea solar photovoltaic factory

Solar is a small, but strong part of LG’s business states Yun Ju Hwan of LG Electronics, during a visit to the company’s cell and module factory in South Korea. While capacity ramp ups are on hold, the group is planning to launch...

Brazil approves new solar legislation

Brazil’s board of the National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANEEL) has approved two new pieces of solar legislation aimed at improving the country’s domestic industry.

Bosch acquires Conergy inverter subsidiary

Inverter manufacturing Conergy

Bosch has officially acquired Conergy’s photovoltaic inverter subsidiary, voltwerk electronics GmbH, following approval from the German anti-trust authorities. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Survive the solar shakeout and reap substantial rewards

General solar photovoltaic panels

Reports of the imminent demise of the solar industry have been highly exaggerated, according to research released this week by New York City-based McKinsey & Company, Inc. While it states that the "rules of the game are changing"...

Q-Cells insolvency proceedings expected by July

Q-Cells HQ, Germany

Photovoltaic manufacturer, Q-Cells SE is currently looking for an investor. The company is weighed down with debt, however.

Thin film fights for survival

Thin film PV Array in Germany

Just a day after First Solar announced the closure of its Frankfurt (Oder) facility in Germany and the loss of 2,000 jobs, GTM Research has released a report which asks "Is the window closing for thin film PV?"

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