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Dyesol to commercialize perovskite cells in Turkey

Dyesol cell

The successful completion of a pilot line phase would lead to the start of mass manufacturing in 2018, according to plans by Dyesol and Turkish partner Nesli DSC.

US requests WTO consultation over Indian solar DCR

India solar photovoltaic plant

The U.S. has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with the Indian Government regarding India’s solar photovoltaic domestic content requirements (DCR). Industry association SEIA has come out in...

380 jobs in question at Isofotón; suppliers step up the pressure

Isofoton HQ Malaga

Isofotón is currently drawing up a staff restructuring plan at its Malaga factory in Spain. 380 employees will be affected. Meanwhile, supplier Lamaignere has said Isofotón owes over seven of its suppliers more than €3 million.

Power-One and Panasonic unveil energy storage collaboration

Panasonic smart energy system

U.S.-based Power-One, Inc. and Japan’s Panasonic Corporation have announced that they will work together on the development of energy storage systems and the large-scale utility and commercial photovoltaic inverter business.

Germany: Altmaier lays out timetable for EEG changes

Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Federal Environment Minister is holding fast to his proposal for "electricity price protection in the EEG", despite fierce criticism from within his ranks, opposition parties and environmental groups. Now he wants to...

Photon Publishing takes over insolvent Photon Europe

Photon flags

With retroactive effect as of February 1, the newly established Photon Publishing company has taken over the business operations of Photon Europe. Creditor approval is still pending, however.

Greece: PV success amid great challenges

Greece solar photovoltaic installation

The Greek photovoltaic market was worth around €523 million in 2012 – over double that of 2011 – according to a recent report published by Greek consultancy Stochasis Management Ltd. The figure corresponds to an average annual...

Lithuania halts solar development

Lithuanian flag

The Lithuanian Government has announced it will not permit the construction of any new solar facilities, in a bid to halt the "rapid" development of the project industry. The amendments are expected to be passed on March 1.

Taiwanese cell shipments hit record high

Neo Solar.

A new report has found that shipments from Taiwan’s photovoltaic cell industry hit a record high in 2012. Overall, EnergyTrend found that the country's manufacturers shipped 5.5 GW of cells globally last year.

Solar glass anti-dumping compliant filed in Europe

Solar glass

EU ProSun Glass, led by GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH, has filed an anti-dumping complaint with the European Commission against Chinese solar glass manufacturers exporting product to Europe.

Isofotón denies insolvency rumors

Isofoton HQ Spain

Spanish Logistics Group, Lamaignere has reportedly brought a group of companies together to request the opening of insolvency proceedings for Isofotón. A spokesperson for the photovoltaics company says it has received no notice...

Ukraine adopts reduced PV tariffs

Ukraine solar photovoltaic park

The Ukrainian government has officially adopted reduced tariff rates for photovoltaic systems. Consequently, all systems put into operation from April 1, 2013, will see tariffs decrease by between 16 and 27%.

Insolvency proceedings officially open for Photon Europe

Photon flags

Insolvency proceedings against Photon Europe have been officially opened in Aachen, Germany. A spokesperson for the liquidator said intensive discussions are underway with a potential investor. How much money the creditors will...

Spain announces more PV FIT decreases

Spain photovoltaic solar sytsem rooftop

Following the introduction of a new energy tax at the beginning of 2013, photovoltaic producers are now faced with more feed-in tariff (FIT) woes.

US: CASM appeals PV trade case loophole

China solar photovoltaic manufacturing

Appeals have been filed against the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent ruling that Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers may assemble and ship modules to the U.S. using solar cells produced in countries outside of China without...

TSMC hits 15% module efficiency

In another sign that TSMC Solar is achieving rapid efficiency gains, the Taiwanese manufacturer has announced it has achieved 15.1% module efficiency. The module sets a new record for monolithic thin film efficiency, using its...

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