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SunEdison increases fourth-quarter sales, narrows loss

SunEdison worker, PV plant

Retaining projects rather than selling them resulted in continued operating losses for the leading U.S. solar company while lower selling prices led to a fall in revenue in its semiconductor materials business.


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

polysilicon

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

Money

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....


Organic solar substrate that literally grows on trees

Research material.

Researchers have published results showing that organic solar cells can be produced on cellulose nanocrystal substrates (CNC). The cells are easily recyclable and are being touted as the first solar cells from materials that...


Uganda drops PV FIT program

Uganda solar photovoltaic panels for sale

Without announcement, Uganda has dropped its PV FIT program. Although other forms of renewable energy are still eligible for support, prices for PV power are said to have fallen enough worldwide to merit the removal of tariffs in...


First Solar tops 2012 EPC rankings

The Copper Mountain Solar Facility in the U.S.

In its 2012 EPC rankings, IMS Research has found that First Solar became the world’s biggest, in terms of MW completed. First Solar completed more than 500 MW of projects last year, the report has found. IMS Research is now a...


Solar Frontier restarts No.2 fab

A PV power plant in Japan.

In another sign that the booming Japanese market is delivering considerable demand to photovoltaic manufacturers, thin film producer Solar Frontier has announced today that it is restarting its 60 MW Miyazaki No. 2 fab. The...


Poland proposes more PV changes

Poland parliament

According to media reports, the Polish Government has implemented further solar subsidy changes to its renewable energy draft law. Under them, support will only be given to photovoltaic plants up to two MW in size.


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