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Telecommunications boosting hybrid power in off-grid areas

SMA PV-diesel hybrid system, Palladam, India

Demand for power is rising due to the increasing growth of telecommunications in remote off-grid regions, particularly in developing countries, and driving installations of hybrid power systems.

REC proposes new financial restructure

REC's factory in Norway.

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has walked away from a restructuring deal with bondholders after failing to gain approval from them for the measures. The company has, however, pushed ahead with plans to raise capital...

Schott Solar to close Czech operations

Schott Solar HQ Mainz

Germany’s Schott Solar AG has announced it will close its crystalline photovoltaic operations in the Czech Republic down. The news follows the company’s decision to exit the crystalline business.

Interview: Recognize where your PV competitiveness lies

Solarpack solar photovoltaoc plant Pablo Burgos

According to the CEO of Spain-based solar development company, Solarpack, finding demand for photovoltaic projects is one of the biggest challenges today. Regarding the U.S.-Sino trade case, he further believes that "everybody...

REC financial restructuring hits hurdle

A REC facility in Norway.

On June 22, the Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) announced a number of financial restructuring measures including measures to restructure its revolving debt facility and to offer approximately 870,000 million new shares to...

Konarka’s German subsidiary files for bankruptcy

Konarka solar organic film

A month after U.S.-based Konarka Technologies, Inc. filed for bankruptcy, its wholly owned German subsidiary, Konarka GmbH has followed suit at the Nuremberg District Court.

Grid storage costs to decrease

Lux Research has released a forecast that expects lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs to fall to US$500/kWh by 2022. This is predicted to bring down the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, it...

Japan: Deutsche Bank forecasts falling PV installation costs, but says hurdles remain

Japan solar photovoltaic Rooftop

On the back of the new feed-in tariffs in Japan, which came into effect Sunday, July 1, Germany’s Deutsche Bank says that while it expects to see an increase in installed photovoltaic capacity, and thus falling costs,...

Bulgaria unveils sharp PV cuts

Bulgaria flag

According to reports, the Bulgarian energy regulator has cut subsidies for photovoltaics by around 50 percent amid fears of escalating electricity prices.

PV polysilicon and wafer margins to recover in 2013

NPD Solarbuzz Q2’12 Polysilicon and Wafer Supply Chain Quarterly Report

According to NPD Solarbuzz’s latest quarterly report, producers of polysilicon and wafers for the photovoltaic industry can expect some respite in 2013, after a tough year of falling prices.

Australia: Carbon tax kicks in while 250 MW CSP project in doubt

CSP turbine.

On July 1 Australia’s new tax on carbon emissions came into effect, in the face of major opposition from conservative parties and public opposition. At the same time the new conservative Liberal-National Government in the state...

Nevada: 20 MW project acquired by Ted Turner and Southern Company


Through a strategic alliance, formed in 2010, Turner Renewable Energy and Southern Company have acquired a 20 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in Nevada. The plant was built by SunEdison and will be completed during the...

Insolvency proceedings open for Q.Cells

Q-Cells photovoltaic comapny branding

Germany’s Dessau/Rosslau district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Q.Cells. The insolvency administrator says no redundancies are expected, however, and that a number of interested parties have been invited to conduct...

EU watchers await the sequel: SolarWorld vs. China, part II

EU Parlament Brussels

It is only a matter of time until SolarWorld AG finally files an anti-dumping (AD) complaint with the European Commission, alleging that China has flooded the German market with underpriced solar cells and modules, to the...

Japan: 1,180 MW nuclear reactor back online on Sunday

The damaged Fukushima plant image from last year.

The Kansai Electric Power Co. restarted its third unit at the Ohi nuclear plant on Sunday, amidst public concern and protest. It is the first nuclear reactor to come back online after Fukushima.

Hanwha to takeover Q.Cells?

Q.Cells HQ building

According to media reports, the Hanwha Group has said it is considering taking over Germany’s Q.Cells.

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