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Solar and storage top US utilities' wish-list, says BNEF

Duke Energy.

Organizations and utilities keen on developing a renewable energy footprint overwhelmingly opt for solar PV and smart storage facilities, finds Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

10% cut to Japanese FIT approved

The Japanese flag.

The Japanese government has approved a 10% cut to photovoltaic FITs. As such, from April 1, tariffs have been reduced to JPY37.8/kWh (US$0.40) down from JPY42/kWh (US$0.45).

PV demand in emerging Asian countries to reach 3 GW by 2017

Thailand solar photovoltaic plant

Led by large-scale installations, photovoltaic demand in Emerging Asia Pacific and Central Asian (EAPCA) countries is forecast to grow 28% annually to reach at least 3 GW by 2017, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

Germany adds 211 MW of PV in February

Germany solar photovoltaic park 40 MW

Germany added 211 MW of new photovoltaic capacity in February across more than 8,300 systems. The largest solar park, with a capacity of 8.2 MW, is located in Brandenburg, near the capital, Berlin.

Solar stocks: China left for dead; FSLR, SPWR and WFR to rise

SunEdison solar photovoltaic park U.S.

China’s Suntech Power Holdings collapsed under the weight of its own inventory in March, leading to weeks of volatility in the solar equities market in New York. German companies have also seen stocks suffer a shaky month....

Dyesol on new investment, grid competitiveness and why silicon’s limitations have been exposed


At the end of February, Dyesol secured A$4 million in funding with potential for a further A$16 million draw-down. The executive chairman speaks to pv magazine about what the investment means for the dye-sensitized photovoltaics...

Aleo solar posts €77 million loss

Company headquarters.

German photovoltaic manufacturer aleo solar has announced a €77 million loss in its 2012 full-year financials, released today. The loss is more than double the €30.5 million the company lost in 2011.

Dow opens new Enlight encapsulate line

Two workers in overalls in a German factory.

While some firms along the photovoltaic supply chain scale back production and even shutter fabs, Dow has announced this week the start up of a new line for its Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film in Germany. The line will supply...

Phoenix Solar expects slight 2013 growth

Phoenix Solar photovoltaic module

Phoenix Solar AG expects to see "slight" growth in 2013, on the back of marginally improved 2012 financials. The U.S. and Asia are key growth regions for the German photovoltaic company, which recorded sales decreases of more...

EPIA: Three-target approach needed in 2030 EU climate targets

The EU Parliament.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has wasted no time in adding its voice to the debate over 2030 EU climate goals, kicked off by the release of a European Commission (EC) Green Paper yesterday in Brussels....

Taiwan’s Powertec to produce 27,500 MT of polysilicon annually


GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Powertec Energy Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Powertec will purchase polysilicon technology and equipment. The Taiwan-based company aims to reach a capacity...

Philippines: First projects under FIT set to go ahead

A solar system in the Philippines.

The first photovoltaic projects under the Philippines’ long-awaited FIT program are set to be completed in 2014. The AFP are reporting that a government official has confirmed that the first photovoltaic installations will be...

Conergy records 2012 gains; expects significant 2013 sales increases

Thailand solar photovoltaic park

Overall, the Conergy Group managed to reduce its 2012 losses, albeit slightly. Sales are expected to considerably improve in 2013. Meanwhile, business in Asia and the U.S. is forecast to significantly grow, and Eastern Europe...

New solar leasing push Down Under

A house in the outback with a solar array.

A new campaign to introduce the solar leasing model to Australian households was kicked off today. The campaign is called "Every Rooftop" and is the result of a collaboration between solar developer Ingenero and the NGO Green...

Centrotherm, SolarWorld and Phoenix Solar cause big investor losses


A German association for private investors has published its latest Top 50 list of "capital destroyers" in Germany. In 2013, every second company in the top 10 comes from the solar industry.

SMA records 2012 profit; not ruling out 2013 loss

SMA solar photovoltaic inverters

In a difficult market environment, even the world’s leading photovoltaic inverter manufacturer suffered revenue and earnings losses in 2012. Despite this, SMA did turn an overall profit. The Board has confirmed its 2013 forecast....

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