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It's about the fossil fuels, stupid!

Smokestacks at a coal-fired power station.

Frost and Sullivan report predicts coal will dominate electricity generation up to 2030 and gas is 'a fuel of the future.' Forthcoming global trends report does acknowledge an explosion in the battery storage market, however.

Centrotherm to close Austrian operations

Centrotherm HQ Germany

Germany-based centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced operations at its Vienna branch in Austria are to be discontinued.

Italy to be knocked out of top 3 PV markets

Greece solar photovoltaic plant thin film

New figures have revealed that new global photovoltaic installations surpassed 13 GW in the first six months of 2012. In 2H almost 18 GW is expected to be added. For the FY, Germany, China and the U.S. will be the leading...

China concludes US solar subsidies violate WTO rules

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has concluded that 6 renewable energy subsidies in the U.S. violate provisions made under the WTO Subsidy and Countervailing Measures Agreement and the Article 3 of 1994 General Agreement on...

IPVEA calls for PV associations to unite against EU trade case

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The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has criticized the trade complaint filed by a SolarWorld-led consortium in the EU against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. In response, it has called for the...

Switzerland cuts PV tariffs for a third time

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Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Switzerland will be reduced for a third time this year, from October 1.

Trina sees significant Q2 net loss; revises FY shipment guidance

Jifan Gao Trina Solar Chairman CEO

Industry overcapacity and demand constraints have been attributed to Trina Solar’s flailing Q2 2012 financials. In addition to recording a significant net loss, the company’s revenues fell and operating expenses increased....

Sovello abandons production

Sovello production image

From the end of August, the insolvent Sovello will stop all production on its photovoltaic product assembly lines. Almost all of the employees will be terminated. Meanwhile, investor discussions are said to be difficult.

Automated demand response key to intermittent renewables

California 20 MW Stroud solar photovoltaic station

Automated demand response, or AutoDR could cost-effectively help combat intermittent renewable energy supply, particularly in light of the current high costs of grid-connected storage batteries.

Juwi exits German PV rooftop business

Juwi solar photovoltaic rooftop

Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's...

India accuses US of "ruining" domestic PV industry

First Solar thin film photovoltaic modules cadmium telluride

India’s Centre for Science and Technology (CSE) has launched a scathing attack on U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, claiming they are "ruining" India’s domestic photovoltaic manufacturing industry by taking advantage of the US$30...

China’s polysilicon producers urge EU dumping probe

WACKER POLYSILICON chip inspection

Four Chinese polysilicon producers have urged the Chinese government to initiate an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into European imports of solar grade polysilicon, according to reports.

NY signs legislation to boost solar development

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New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a series of bills, which aim to boost the uptake of solar in the U.S. state. Overall, 3 measures have been introduced: tax credits; sales tax exemptions; and real property tax...

Interview: Centrotherm discusses reorganization proceedings and future strategies

Centrotherm HQ Germany

pv magazine caught up with Tobias Hoefer, the expert for reorganization on the board of Centrotherm AG and responsible for insolvency protection proceedings, and with CTO, Peter Fath to discover the current state of affairs,...

Approvals for Greek PV systems stopped, drastic cuts introduced

Greece solar photovoltaic installation

The Greek government has said it is seeking to restore liquidity to the electricity market through the introduction of new measures. A part of this change will see photovoltaic funding drastically cut and approvals for PV systems...

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PV module price declines continue

General solar photovoltaic module

Photovoltaic module prices have fallen by more than 2% in July and 44% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from IMS Research. August is predicted to see a slight increase, however.

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