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Dyesol to commercialize perovskite cells in Turkey

Dyesol cell

The successful completion of a pilot line phase would lead to the start of mass manufacturing in 2018, according to plans by Dyesol and Turkish partner Nesli DSC.

Hawaii’s PUC ponders on-bill financing of solar energy systems

A PV installation in Hawaii.

America’s Aloha State soon may help residents to welcome solar energy into their homes at a reasonable monthly rate. The model is of wider interest as it may prove to be one where residential photovoltaics can be installed more...

VC funding down 50% in 2012

Mercom Capital has reported that global venture capital investments, in the cleantech sector, in 2012 plunged nearly 50% to US$992 million in 103 deals. US$1.9 billion was raised in 2011. The report also states that 35 solar...

First Solar acquires Solar Chile

Thin film producer First Solar has announced the acquisition of Santiago-based solar development company Solar Chile.

Greek PV Association to oppose government levy on parks

A Greek PV park.

The Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers (SPEF) has filed a formal complaint at the European Commission with regards to the special levy the Greek Government has imposed on photovoltaic parks.

US military continues to invest in PV

Military officers in front of a helicopter.

In another sign of its continuing and robust support for photovoltaics, the U.S. military has given the go-ahead for a 12.3 MW installation at the Joint Military Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst in New Jersey.

2013 China PV demand to amount US$3 billion

NPD Solarbuzz has stated in its China Balance of Systems Market Report that revenues of CNY 19.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) will be made available to PV balance-of-system suppliers in the Chinese market this year.

UK and Italy: invest in solar or "pay the price"

An Italian rooftop PV installation.

Energy market analysts with GlobalData have sent a warning to U.K. and Italian consumers, saying that they should "invest in solar or pay the price". The analysts cite gas price instability as the key driver in making solar a...

Polysilicon industry to resume growth in 2013

Bernreuter Research sees rising demand with new PV installations of 36 GW. According to the latest Bernreuter Research analysis the global polysilicon industry will resume growth and increase production by 6.5% in 2013.

Solar Frontier achieves CIGS "cells" at 19.7%

The Solar Frontier manufacturing facility.

Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier has claimed a cadmium free CIGS efficiency record, on tiny “cells” measuring 0.5cm x 0.5cm. The efficiency of 19.7%was measured by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial...

First Solar extends Intermolecular collaboration

A First Solar power plant.

Thin film manufacturer and First Solar has announced that has signed a two-year collaboration and licensing agreement with Intermolecular Inc. The collaboration aims to increase efficiencies beyond First Solar’s announced...

France provides interim support for solar

A PV installation in France.

In a sign that the photovoltaic industry may be set to receive more support under France’s socialist Hollande government, new measures have been unveiled today.

India: 350kW rooftop project signed

Inspira Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer Solar will install its first rooftop project in Mahabaleshwar, India.

Crowdfunded solar to go live

The Solar Mosaic office looking out to the Oakland Bay.

Solar Mosaic, a crowdfunding solar startup from Oakland California, will launch its online marketplace today, offering microinvestors the chance to put their money towards a solar installation.

India: Lukewarm response to Tamil Nadu's 1000MW tender

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Limited (TANGEDCO) has received a total of 92 applications for 104 projects totaling 499 MW after bids opened last week. The target has been set at 1000MW of solar projects for this year.

LDK Solar regains compliance with New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has sent a notice to LDK Solar stating that the company is in compliance with NYSE's continued listing requirement of a minimum average closing price of US$1 per share over a consecutive...

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