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Australia: scrapping of carbon tax unlikely to stop solar

A solar array on Australia's Parliament House.

The Australian Federal Parliament voted to scrap the country's carbon price last week, causing concerns as to the future of PV in the country. However, the Australian Solar Council says that the move won't halt the growth of...

Solar stocks react well to government incentives in Japan

Yingli solar photovoltaic module production in China

The power of governmental legislation in driving solar stocks was again brought to the fore this week, as prices rose sharply on the back of favorable information coming from Asia.

NovaSolar bankruptcy announced

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Thin film manufacturer, NovaSolar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to news reports.

Japan: New PV FITS to prompt 3.2 GW installation growth

Japan solar photovoltaic plant

3.2 GW, or US$9.6 billion worth of new photovoltaic installations are expected to be added in Japan, following the country’s solar electricity price announcement on June 18.

Centrotherm appoints restructuring officer

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Germany’s centrotherm photovoltaics AG has appointed a new chief restructuring officer (CRO) to help implement its ct focus restructuring program. Meanwhile, the company founder has stepped down.

Germany: RWE turns off nuclear and looks to solar power

Solar thermal plant

German utility giant RWE is now considering investments in solar energy and wants to completely move away from nuclear power. The new chief executive seeks to restructure the energy giant.

India ups renewable energy commitment

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India’s Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy has announced the increase of the country’s 2020 renewable energy targets, from six to 15 percent.

Lack of consumer understanding highlighted in solar survey

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According to Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey, while many consumers are said to be "optimistic" about the renewable energy, there is a lack of understanding regarding costs and adoption rates.

Phono Solar: Diverse offerings key to impacting challenging market

Eric Yuan standing in front of the Phono Solar booth at the Intersolar Europe.

Tier-two Chinese manufacturer Phono Solar said that the key to making an impact in the current challenging photovoltaic market is continue to develop diverse offerings targeting a number of market segments. Phono Solar’s Global...

East meets west with Scheuten Solar

A Scheuten Solar project

Comeback kid Scheuten Solar has celebrated its revival, from the brink, at the Intersolar Europe trade show. With Chinese investor Aikosolar taking over the intellectual property, commercial team and also German manufacturing...

Product differentiation highlighted as key survival tool at Intersolar Europe

The Intersolar trade show flags.

Intersolar 2012 is almost at an end. Overall, the event has been positively received, with many remarking on the high visitor quality. Speaking to exhibitors, a few trends emerged which, while perhaps not new, are definitely...

Stalemate on German FIT cuts

A photo of the German parliament upper house.

Bloomberg has reported that changes to Germany’s photovoltaic support program, introduced to the German parliament by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, may not go through, after negotiations with the parliament’s upper house...

US: City and county governments turn to PV

The SolarWorld HQ buidling.

While the expectations of SolarWorld launching a Sino-EU photovoltaic trade case during Intersolar Europe begin to the fade, the company has highlighted projects in the U.S. where municipal governments are turning to...

In ‘burst of energy,’ New Jersey Outshines California

A PV installation in New Jersey.

The U.S. added several more notches to its “sunbelt” during the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, according to a newly released market report. During the first three months of the year, Tennessee (number five), Hawaii (six),and North...

Intersolar: Inverter manufacturers say quality over quantity

SMA inverters at the HQ.

While visitor numbers at the Intersolar Europe 2012 are expected to be down on last year, inverter manufacturers have reported that visitor quality has been high and that the inverter hall has been buzzing with activity.

Activity levels high at Intersolar day 2

Intersolar Europe crowd shot

The second day of Intersolar Europe is at an end, and by all accounts the atmosphere was a positive one.While the exhibitor and visitor numbers may be down on previous years, there was nevertheless a lot of activity and many of...

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