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RBI Solar buys Germany's Renusol

Renusol Inter Sole application

Insolvent Munich group Centrosolar will make some $3.5 million from the sale of the PV mounting systems subsidiary. All of Renusol's employees will remain at the company.

Norway’s green battery vs. hydrogen storage

According to the industry experts present at the first "Energy Storage" conference, held this week in Düsseldorf, Germany, either technology could win the race to enable Germany’s renewable energy future.

Hanwha experiences strong 2011 losses; 2012 to "remain challenging"

Hanwha solar photovoltaic modules for shipment

As with many of its peers, Hanwha SolarOne experienced a tough 2011, with significant losses recorded across the board. Chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong attributes this to a period of "adjustment and consolidation". Going ahead, he...

Large scale storage solutions critical to future dominance of solar

During the second day of Solarpraxis’ "Energy Storage" event in Germany’s Düsseldorf, it was claimed that the storage bottleneck needs to be broken, in order to develop large-scale storage solutions, which are critical to the...

Germany: Belectric considering constitutional challenge

As part of Germany's new solar subsidy, feed-in tariffs (FIT) for photovoltaic systems larger than 10 megawatts (MW) are to be eliminated. According to a media report, several companies, including leading project planner...

Germany could become storage technology hotspot

The first day has drawn to a close at Solarpraxis’ Energy Storage conference in Germany’s Düsseldorf. Following calls from Germany's Environment Minister to rapidly develop storage technology in the country, there is a belief...

40c/W silicon solar cells?

A ultra-thin wafer.

A new U.S. entrant to the silicon-cell machinery market, Twin Creeks Technologies, today released a wafer production system that it claims can produce solar cells for less than US$0.40 per Watt (/W).

Pay-as-you go PV picks up award

Eight19 staff in South Sudan.

Off-grid photovoltaic system provider, Eight19 has picked up an award, as Climate Week kicked off across the U.K. yesterday. The company, which has pioneered a pay-as-you go solar system in Africa, was named Best Initiative for...

PV 2012: A "correction" year

2011 was a year of extremes for the solar industry: record installations; a dramatic fall in module prices; and a plethora of companies closing their doors. Going forward, indications are that 2012 will remain extremely...

Proposed PV FIT shake-up causes aftershocks in Germany

In its efforts to make a quick course correction, the German ship of state may inadvertently be navigating into turbulent straits that could capsize its own solar industry. At particular threat are the module manufacturers. The...

Germany: Resistance at first parliamentary FIT discussion

Germany’s parliament today held the first round of meetings aimed at amending the photovoltaic incentives under the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG). As expected, the opposition rejected the new proposals. The CDU and FDP...

Solopower searches for staff for new US fab

A flexible CIGS module.

As some companies layoff staff in an attempt to contain costs, U.S. flexible CIGS manufacturer, Solopower is searching for staff for its Oregon fab’s expansion.

North Carolina PV systems achieve grid parity

According to a new study, many photovoltaic systems bigger than 10 kilowatts (kW) achieved grid parity with commercial retail electricity prices in 2011. This has resulted in a spike in projects and, thus, jobs. Both declining...

California on track to exceed 2020 RE goals, but issues still exist

The U.S. state of California is well on the way to overachieving its 2020 aim to generate 33 percent of its electricity from renewables, in fact by almost double. Of this, photovoltaics accounts for nearly half. There are issues,...

German solar companies detail impact of FIT changes

Solar hybrid AG has said it will suffer from loss of investments for its planned 150 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic park, due to be online by the end of 2012. Meanwhile, Parabel AG has said it will push ahead with its 40 MW...

JinkoSolar posts Q4 loss

JinkoSolar facilities.

Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer, JinkoSolar, has posted a net loss of US$58.3 million for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2011. The company attributed the poor result to prices falling faster than anticipated. JinkoSolar did...

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