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German wholesaler Energiebau files for insolvency

Energiebau Managing Director Michael Shepherd

The Cologne District Court has ordered the opening of preliminary insolvency proceedings for the photovoltaic wholesaler. The provisional administrator is reviewing the state of the company. The management is eager to find a...

13th Forum Solarpraxis ends on a positive note

The solar branch will have to tide through challenges, but it can also look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Ontario: Government committed to strengthening FIT program

The Ontario Minister of Energy Chris Bentley has issued a Directive to the Ontario Power Authority to finalise the FIT program.

Ominous signs for LDK Solar?

The brand of LDK Solar.

For some time speculation has swirled around LDK Solar, about whether its huge debts will prove too great a challenge for the vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer. In a sign that issues may be coming to a head, media...

European Parliament members ask for speed in trade case investigation

Members of the European Parliament at a plenary debate yesterday stated that they expect the European Commission to speed up its investigation against the Chinese price dumping allegations. EU ProSun made this statement in a...

Part of Saudia Arabia’s 41 GW timeline emerges

Part of the Saudi skyline.

Since May of this year Saudi Arabian plans to install 41 GW of solar capacity by 2032 have been known. Details are beginning to emerge as to how these plans will be built out.

Further UK PV FIT cuts unlikely amid weak capacity growth

The Union Jack flag.

Solar capacity growth for the August to October period appears to be below the level required to trigger further feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts in February, according to figures released today by the U.K.’s Department of Energy and...

Australia: funding released for PV research

A roof in Australia with a PV array.

The Australian federal government has released a new round of funding for "early and mid career" photovoltaic researchers. The funding is a part of the government’s "Skills Development Program."

India: Rajasthan announces improved solar bidding process

Rajasthan has resumed its bidding process for PV and thermal projects. This process was previously postponed in May. Some major changes will be undertaken.

Renewable energy VC funding to triple

Zouk Capital's Alois Flatz reported that it is very difficult to raise VC funds for cleantech at present.

A new report, released today by Frost & Sullivan, has predicted that venture capital (VC) funding to renewable energy technologies is set to triple by 2020. The analysts report that this is due to, "environmental support for...

Germany’s Energy Minister opens 13 Forum Solarpraxis

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s federal Energy Minister, Peter Altmaier has opened the 13th Forum Solarpraxis. In his speech, he linked his political fate with the success of the energy transition. In the coming week, Germany’s first EEG dialogue on...

AFASE: Punitive PV tariffs put 30,000 European jobs in danger

Suntech Chinese Solar photovoltaic modules

In a new study, AFASE has laid out the consequences it expects anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers in Europe will have. Expected European-wide is a fall in demand, job losses and price...

Australia’s Solmessis claims proposed 80 MW PV plant close to grid parity

Greenough River solar photovoltaic farm Australia

Australian developer Solmessis claims its proposed flagship project, located in the northern state of Queensland, will be all but commercially viable even without government financial incentives or subsidies.

Germany’s Altmaier sees benefits of PV cuts

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Environment Minister expects new photovoltaic capacity additions to halve in 2013. These expectations would fall in line with the government’s annual expansion plans.

US announces Asia-Pacific energy partnership

Barack Obama

The Presidents of the U.S. and Indonesia, and the Sultan of Brunei have proposed the formation of U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future. Under the partnership, the U.S. has said it will...

US: Georgia Power’s solar initiative approved

Georgia Power building

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI). Overall, the utility aims to acquire 210 MW of solar power over the next two years.

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