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Japan's solar shipments fall 13% in Q1, reports JPEA

Tokyo.

The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has reported that shipments of solar panels in Japan fell 13% in the first quarter of the year; first year-on-year decline since Q3 2012.


SunPower's Mexicali fab earns Landfill-Free verification

SunPower installation.

Recognition awarded for the U.S. solar company's PV module production facility in Mexico, which demonstrates that 99% of waste generated is diverted from landfills.


Google launches new mapping and analysis tool for potential solar customers

The tech giant's latest foray into renewable energy involves aggregating information for customers looking to set up a new pv system, complete with shading analysis, financials and information on local installers.


Applied Materials eliminates wafer sawing and solar implant lines

Applied announced it would cut two of its solar product lines in its latest quarterly results, which caused a further bleeding of red ink in its Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit.


16 US states consider changes to net metering

The latest report by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center saw the policy being examined across the United States during the second quarter. Many states are considering changes to way distributed solar generation is...


Hanergy expects first half loss

Hanergy Thin Film HQ.

The suspended thin film solar company warns markets that it may post a record first half loss for the six months to June 30 following a 47% share plunge in May that wiped $19bn from its value.


Laser systems developer, LPKF sees red

German thin film PV laser equipment developer, LPKF has slipped into the red, reporting a weak second quarter. A low order intake saw the company's EBIT for 1H 2015 amount to -$3.55 million.


India unveils annual solar goals towards 2022 target

India solar installation.

India's National Solar Mission has outlined the annual targets required between now and 2022 if the nation is to hit its goal of installing 100 GW of solar PV capacity by that date.


Germany: 14 MW solar park acquired by Capital Stage

Hamburg-based Capital Stage has acquired GP Joule's 14 MW solar park in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany for €17 million (US$18.83 million). The park comprises two PV plants: one that has been feeding into the grid since 2012; and one...


Solar stock prices slide on investor fears

Prices of solar stocks continued to slide downward this week, as they have for months. Analysts attribute recent declines to a mistaken belief in a direct relationship between oil prices and solar market fundamentals.


EU doubles duty levels on solar glass from China

The European Commission has sharply raised duties on imports of solar glass from China, ruling that producers had absorbed previous anti-dumping and CVD penalties into their prices.


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SolarWorld bets big on U.S.

SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck.

CEO Frank Asbeck's restructuring seems to have succeeded but his company is heavily dependent on the U.S. market. $676m lawsuit could still bite resurgent German PERC manufacturer.


Euro-dollar woes hit Etrion

Swiss developer Etrion is pinning its hopes on Japan, rather than Chile over the coming year.

Weakness of the euro has hit Swiss developer's bottom line. Etrion is looking to Japan, rather than Chile to turn around net losses.


Egypt launches 200 MW solar PV tender

River Nile, Egypt.

Announcement forms part of a 500 MW renewable energy push by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), with 250 MW of wind and 50 MW of CSP also confirmed.


REC Group becomes third-largest PV supplier to US residential market

REC Group has risen rapidly in the U.S. residential sector, growing its market share five-fold in one year. It expects to grow this share further in 2015. The company has benefited from both technology innovation and political...


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