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From zero to hero: UK PV market resurges at Ecobuild 2014

Renusol mounting system, Ecobuild.

Solar farm investments and a rebound in rooftop residential demand have led to the U.K. becoming the most important solar PV market in Europe, according to exhibitors at this year's Ecobuild show, London.

LDK breaks ground on new polysilicon manufacturing facility

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar today held a ground breaking ceremony for its new 30,000 metric ton (MT) polysilicon manufacturing facility in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia. The company believes "strong" polysilicon demand will be seen in 2014 "and...

Morocco identified as location for 500 MW Desertec project

Morocco flags

Desertec has announced that it will build its first solar power plant in 2012. Set to be located in Morocco, it is expected to be 500 megawatts (MW) in size.

UK looks to significantly slash solar FITs

Isolux Corsan 5 MW solar photovoltaic park UK

The U.K. government has launched a consultation paper, which is proposing further, significant photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts for systems registered on or after December 12, 2011. It says that "urgent" action must be...

Despite solid Q3, Wacker lowers full year guidance

Wacker Chemie polysilicon chip inspection

Wacker Chemie AG has reported a relatively positive third quarter (Q3) 2011. However, the company is cautious about both the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries going forward. As a result, it has lowered its full year...

EU serious about Helios

A pv installation in Greece.

In a sign that Greece’s plan for vast expansion of photovoltaic capacity is gaining support at the highest levels of government, the European Council has mentioned it in a communiqué regarding currency stability measures.

Jefferies: Grid parity a reality in Germany

A graph showing rising electricity prices.

Industry analysts Jefferies have taken the reductions in Germany's feed-in tariffs as an indication of approaching retail grid parity.

Centrotherm ups full year guidance, despite falling EBIT

Centrotherm branding

Going against the grain, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has adjusted both its revenue and EBIT margin guidance for the full year 2011. Certain areas of the business are suffering from the "strained" market conditions though, and...

Slow solar equipment business bites Manz

A layout of the Manz turnkey fab.

Manufacturing equipment supplier Manz has today revised down its earnings for 2011 on the back of weak demand for solar equipment. The company has a turnkey CIGS line and is a single machine supplier to select customers.

AUO announces full operations at Japan solar site will resume soon

M.Setek's plant (pictured) is located in Soma, Japan

In announcing its third quarter (Q3) financial results, AUO Optronics has said affiliate company M.Setek is expected to resume full operations at its solar factory in Soma, in Mid-November.

MiaSolé increases efficiency and reduces cost

Some MiaSole black pv modules.

Californian copper, indium, gallium, (di)selenide (CIGS) start-up manufacturer MiaSolé announced earlier this week that it has simultaneously increased its module efficiency and reduced production cost per watt by 25 percent this...

Gehrlicher unveils plans for southern Spain

A man at a podium with two smaller men - they are Spanish - looking at him. He is German and quite tall.

Project developer and integrator Gehrlicher Solar has announced bold intentions to develop photovoltaic power plants in southern Spain worth between 200 and 400 megawatts (MW).

Middle Eastern solar market is simmering

In the Middle East, the transition to solar energy has begun, but the pace and momentum of the transition will be influenced by policy – that was the key takeaway from the Solar Investment Summit - Middle East, held in Dubai from...

Italy: €6 billion FIT limit almost reached; accusations of PV fraud arise

Q-Cells solar photovoltaic plant in Italy

There are fears that the €6 billion set aside for Italy’s solar market until 2016 could run out next year. Data has also emerged, which indicates that over 200 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic installations have been removed from...

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German FITs cut in 2012

The German flag.

The German Federal Network Agency ("Bundesnetzagentur" "BNA") has announced the new photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FIT) for 2012. They will be cut by 15 percent from 2011 rates.

First CIS/CIGS power plant installed in France

A solar power plant with black panels peaking through the fields and woods in France.

Integrator Belectric and Solar Frontier have announced today the completion of their 4.2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in Bessan, France. It is the first such installation in France using copper, indium, gallium,...

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