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EU reaches deal on Germany EEG reform, awards EUR 1bn climate change funding

The European Commission, Brussels.

The European Commission says Germany has agreed some key changes to the legislation outlined in its energy transformation plans.

CASE calls for US and Chinese governments to unite

The US and Chinese flag.

The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) has today called on the U.S. and Chinese governments to work together to avoid a "destructive" global trade war. Meanwhile, an analyst reports that tariffs are too late to protect...

Solar trade case will go to Europe

European Union flags

According to industry analysts at Jefferies, the anti-dumping and countervailing duty trade case will move to Europe this month.

Employees want to take First Solar over

First Solar Frankfurt Oder facilities

Part of First Solar Inc.'s German workforce has said it wants to continue producing the manufacturer’s photovoltaic thin film modules, according to media reports. However, in the future they will only make modules for small...

Solarhybrid insolvency proceedings open

Solarhybrid Germany solar photovoltaic park Fürstenwalde

The insolvency process has begun for Germany’s Solarhybrid AG.

Hanwha SolarOne: "High-quality modules, with Korean-quality mindset"

Hanwha SolarOne factory

While it reported an operating loss in Q1 2012 of US$35.1 million last week, Hanwha SolarOne believes it is heading in the right direction. The company reduced U.S. shipments to avoid the hefty tariffs imposed by the Department...

Australian-German innovation in PV

Speaking at the event was the Australian Trade Commissioner Nicola Watkinson, Ambassador Peter Tesch and UNSW's Martin Green.

Crystalline-silicon (c-Si) researcher Martin Green has participated in a forum today where the future for German-Australian photovoltaics was said to be in equipment supply and innovation respectively. Australian Ambassador to...

JA Solar emerges relatively unscathed from Q1

JA Solar factory China

Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer, JA Solar has posted comparatively positive first quarter (Q1) 2012 financial results compared to many of its industry counterparts. In particular, its shipments were strong.

Hanergy will acquire Solibro

Solibro CIGS thin film photovoltaic

Following media speculation over the past couple of days, Q.Cells SE has today announced that Hanergy Holding Group Limited will acquire the German manufacturer’s thin film subsidiary, Solibro. The financial details have not been...

Panasonic ramps up Li-ion battery production

Panasonic smart energy system graphic

Panasonic Corporation will begin mass production of its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system, which has been developed for European residential homes kitted out with solar.

Nanosolar secures funds for expansion

Nanosolar solar thin film

Nanosolar Inc. has secured US$70 million in new capital, which it will use to boost the company’s business activities going forward.

Konarka files for bankruptcy

konarka solar photovoltaic thin film technology

Organic solar film manufacturer, Konarka Technologies, Inc. is the latest solar company to file for bankruptcy protection under chapter 7 of the U.S. Federal bankruptcy laws.

SolarWorld announces job cuts

Solar World solar photovoltaic module production

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese "dumping" prices have been cited as a key reason.

France: Demand for PV high, despite FIT cuts

French residential rooftop solar photovoltaic system

In spite of the sharp decrease in feed-in-tariffs (FIT) in the last 12 months in France, photovoltaic systems are still in high demand from French consumers.

Insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun HQ

Germany’s Charlottenburg district court opened insolvency proceedings for Odersun AG on June 1, following the company's failure to find an investor.

Komax Solar lays off 70 workers

Swiss flag

In response to the "persistently challenging economic environment", Komax Holding AG has announced that Komax Solar will lay off around 70 workers.

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