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Brighter skies leading to 5% PV yield increases

The sun.

New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.

Suntech reduces PV cell capacity; announces layoffs

Suntech Wuxi HQ China

In light of the current market conditions, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd has temporarily reduced its photovoltaic cell production capacity in Wuxi, China. Around 1,500 employees have been affected by the decision.

China: 300 MW of agricultural PV opportunities emerge

A rooftop PV system in China.

Agricultural photovoltaic applications in Central and Eastern China are opening up, producing demand for modules in regions where land for ground mounted arrays are in short supply. The trend has been identified in the NPD...

PV polysilicon prices continue to plummet


Oversupply is continuing to plague the photovoltaic polysilicon market, according to IHS iSuppi, which say Tier 1 suppliers need to reduce production to alleviate the market. A revival could be seen this year; however,...

Isofotón not interested in Sovello takeover

Sovello solar photovoltaic production image

Isofotón has said it is not interested in taking Sovello over. After reviewing the German company’s books, it has decided not to submit an offer.

Spain introduces 6% energy tax

Spanish flag

Photovoltaic producers will now have to pay a 6% tax on any income they earn from generating solar power, including from feed-in tariffs (FITS).

Isofotón eyes Sovello up

Sovello photovoltaic production

According to media reports, Spain-based Isofotón is looking to acquire Sovello. The German company’s insolvency administrator says Sovello is looking to find an investor by the end of October.

SPI: Steady growth despite the difficulties

Mark Bronez, Hanwha SolarOne SPI 2012

Consolidation, but steady growth. This is the conclusion of many at the end of this year’s Solar Power International (SPI), which closed its doors yesterday in Orlando, Florida.

Solar consolidation: Hit the reset button

General solar photovoltaic panels

Industry analysts were in agreement at the SPI 2012 conference, held on Thursday, that the solar industry is set for major consolidation over the next 1 year to 18 months. "The reset button needs to be hit; but tremendous value...

SPI a hotbed for PV technology launches

SPI 2012

A host of new photovoltaic technology advances and new products were unveiled during the Solar Power International show in Orlando this week, alongside concerned conversations about the U.S.-China trade case, and new partnerships...

Japan’s new solar era takes shape

A graph showing growth of the Japanese PV market.

Evidence is mounting that Japan’s solar market is in the early stages of a boom. Reports of US$2 billion in investments in only months, a proposed zero-nuclear future energy plan, and analyst predictions of a shift towards...

SEIA boosts solar commitment with sustainability report and handbook

John Smirnow SEIA VP SPI 2012

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has underlined its commitment to the solar industry at this year’s Solar International tradeshow, following the addition of 3 new members to its advisory group. It also announced the...

Global Solar Alliance presents new initiatives at SPI

Global Solar Alliance SPI 2012

Make photovoltaics more competitive through global collaboration. This is the goal of the newly formed Global Solar Alliance, which presented 2 new initiatives at the Solar Power International tradeshow in Florida yesterday.

US SunShot program unveils $10 million rooftop PV competition

US solar photovoltaic rooftop system

In its bid to significantly lower the costs of solar technology and make it competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program has unveiled a competition inviting...

GreenVolts halts operations

A GreenVolts array.

Californian CPV company, GreenVolts has suspended operations, following "a sudden, and unexpected, change in direction from a major strategic investor," the company said in a statement issued earlier this week. The startup based...

Isofoton reveals plans to manufacture PV in Saudi, Brazil and China

Isofoton HQ in Spain

Spain-based Isofotón has revealed further details about its new photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Napoleon, Ohio. The company has also told pv magazine at the Solar Power International that it intends to set up module...

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