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Energy is at the heart of Florida election

Florida governor Rick Scott.

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott oversaw bill rises to fund utility infrastructure including natural gas pipes and nuclear. The utilities have donated $3.55m to Republicans...

Hanwha SolarOne unveils 1 GW North American PV pipeline

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic solar facotry

Korea’s Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd is continuing with its downstream expansion strategy. Amid rumors the Hanwha Group is gearing up to take over Germany-based Q.Cells, the company has launched Hanwha SolarEnergy America (HSEA) in...

Inventux investors from Chile and Argentina

Inventux HQ, Germany

Recently rescued, Berlin-based Inventux Technologies has presented the plans of its new investors. While the names have still not been unveiled, it has been said the buyers come from the mining industry and infrastructure sector...

More rumors emerge over Hanwha’s Q.Cells takeover

Q.Cells HQ in Germany

New media reports have indicated that Korea-based Hanwha Group is gearing up to take the insolvent Q.Cells over as soon as next month.

South Australia: Rooftop PV reduces electricity demand

South Australia solar photovoltaic rooftop

The uptake of rooftop photovoltaic systems has helped reduce electricity demand in South Australia, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). It is believed the systems have generated 306 GWh of electricity...

US to fast track 1.5 GW of solar projects

President Barack Obama, White House

Under President Obama’s "We can’t wait initiative", the federal permit and review processes are to be accelerated for seven solar and wind projects. Of these, five comprise solar projects worth a total of 1,550 MW.

SunPower sees falling profits; lowers FY guidance

SunPower solar photovoltaic plant

SunPower Corp. has seen profits sequentially falling in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, despite having exceeded the lower end of its revenue and gross margin guidance. In terms of markets, Europe continues to be challenging, but...

MEMC sees solar revenues rise

Despite the continuing difficult market conditions, MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. has seen its second quarter (Q2) 2012 financial results improve on the back of stronger solar energy revenues. Despite this, it has declined to...

US injects $43 million into energy storage research

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made US$43 million worth of funding available to 19 energy storage research projects.

Solar ITCs deliver positive IRRs to US government

SolarCity solar photovoltaic installation.

A new analysis of the U.S. Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) claims that both residential and commercial photovoltaic projects supported by the ITC can deliver a nominal 10 percent internal rate of return (IRR) to the...

Greece sets new monthly PV record in June

Greece 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic park

Ninety seven MW worth of photovoltaics were installed in Greece in June, thus setting a new monthly record for 2012. To date, the country has installed 724 MW.

Suntech fraud investigation prompts class action lawsuits; claims of forewarnings

Suntech HQ, Wuxi, China

Following the news that Suntech may have backed fictitious bonds, two class action lawsuits have been launched in the U.S. Meanwhile, media reports claim warnings were sent to the China Development Bank (CDB) urging it not to...

North Africa: Maghreb countries are preparing for the solar sector

Morocco solar photovoltaic panels

With its high solar radiation and growing demand for energy, North Africa is set to become a big future solar market. pv magazine spoke with expert Badr Ikken, director and co-founder of Moroccan-based National Institute IRESEN...

Inventux saved by South American investors

Inventux HQ Germany

The insolvent, Germany-based Inventux has been saved. More than half of the company’s workforce will be retained.

Germany: 4373.5 MW installed in first half

The German Federal Network Agency has announced that in June alone this year, about 1.8 GW of new PV capacity was added to the grid. Reasons may have been the EEG discussions and the expiry dates for transition periods for larger...

Chinese government responds to EU trade case

Chinese PV manufacturing facility.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has responded to EU anti-dumping trade case against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. MOFCOM has claimed that the aggressive pricing of Chinese modules is a result of cost reductions,...

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