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Chinese module prices in US may increase 20%

Yingli PV module production

Further duties on modules assembled in China and on Taiwanese solar components would increase U.S. pricing as firms pass added costs onto customers or outsource production to higher-cost regions, according to GTM Research.

First Solar radiates confidence as stock price rises 20%

First Solar module.

Monthly stock report shows impressive uptick for the Arizona company, while SunPower continues to create a buzz.

China's Solargiga posts positive results

Solar panels

Chinese manufacturer Solargiga has reported a slowing in its operating loss for 2013, suggesting that the company is bouncing back after a disastrous 2012.

Capital Stage AG hit 53.6% profit in 2013

Hamburg docks.

Positive financial year underlined by expansion into French market and revenue increase of Eur 57 million ($78.5 million).

Salmon-scented solar panels set for UK rooftop trial

Cat on a fence.

UPDATE: Apologies to anyone who now wants a salmon-scented solar panel. It was an April Fool's joke - check out our cats "Lirpa" and "Lofo."

EU ProSun slams leaders of Europe


The president of EU ProSun has reacted angrily to today’s report from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, accusing the continent’s leaders of not doing enough to promote renewable energy.

GE throws weight behind 230 MW Japanese PV plant

Setouchi, Japan.

The U.S. conglomerate will invest in the Setouchi-based solar power project, which will cost an estimated $777 million and become Japan’s largest once complete.

China, Japan shore up global market as Europe declines

The rapid expansion of the solar market in China and Japan is off-setting the decline across Europe, according to analysts IHS.

Phoenix Solar narrows losses in 2013

Phoenix Solar module.

The German solar PV company reported a consolidated loss of €10.7 million ($14.7 million) last year, down from €37.3 million in 2012.

EDPR gets funding for plants in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade Development Bank are to work together to finance EDP Renovaveis’s (EDPR) building of 50 MW of solar plants in Romania.

Centrotherm revenues grow 70% in second half of 2013

Centrotherm HQ, Germany.

Strong start to 2014 follows encouraging 2013 in which the company significantly reduced its consolidated net loss from the previous year.

Microinverter, DC optimizer market surpasses 2 GW capacity

Enphase PV microinverter.

Figures from GTM Research suggest the market is evolving from niche sector to successful, growing segment of the solar industry.

Iowa votes to triple solar incentive

US Iowa Senate

The Senate of the U.S. state voted unanimously 46-0 to boost state tax credits for solar PV installations.

GCL-Poly signs credit deal with China Development Bank

China flag

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier GCL-Poly has signed a credit facility agreement with the China Development Bank in order to further develop its domestic solar farm business.

Greece amends retroactive FIT cuts; leaves solar PV sector divided

Greece solar installation.

MPs to vote on amended PV bill over the weekend as Greek solar agencies squabble over industry's future.

Philippines set to unveil 22 MW solar facility


The Philippines is about to unveil its first major solar facility that feeds into the power grid.

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