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Martifer Solar building 78.4 MW UK PV portfolio

Exmoor coastline, Devon, England.

The portfolio will comprise four new PV plants commissioned by British clean energy company Lightsource Renewable Energy.

Q-Cells claims CIGS aperture efficiency world record

A light soaking process at Q-Cells.

German module manufacturer and integrator Q-Cells has claimed to have achieved a world-record CIGS module aperture efficiency of 17.4 percent, for a test module 16 square-centimeters in size.

North American PV market at crossroads

First Solar 80 MW photovolataic thin film installation Sarnia, Canada

According to new research, the 2011 North American photovoltaic market is projected to grow 101 percent on 2010, with demand likely to reach 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by year end. However, due to factors such as declining incentives and...

REC announces another wafer shutdown

REC's solar wafer facility in Herøya, Norway

REC has announced the temporary closure of part of its 650 megawatt (MW) multicrystalline wafer facility in Herøya, Norway, effective from December 1. Around 200 employees are expected to be affected.

Gestamp USA: PV pipelines, permitting processes and why microinverters need more time

Gestamp Solar 7.9 MW photovoltaic park in Italy; Rusty Sage

Gestamp Solar is a Spanish-based developer and operator of utility-scale photovoltaic plants across 25 countries. To date, it has installed around 300 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics. However, as senior engineer, Rusty Sage tells...

Germany: Millionth PV system grid connected

Germany's one millionth photovoltaic system is located on the roof of the Institute for Sports Equipment Research and Development in Berlin

The one millionth photovoltaic system has been connected to Germany’s grid, according to the country’s solar industry association, BSW-Solar.

China launches US renewable energy trade barrier investigation

China US flags

The U.S.-China trade investigation launched by SolarWorld is fast turning into a mudslinging match between the two countries. Now, it has been reported that China will be investigating U.S. renewable energy policy support and...

Polysilicon latest trade war victim


The U.S. may be launching an investigation into the alleged illegal dumping and subsidies of photovoltaic cells and modules from China into the U.S., but now it seems that China is conducting its very own inquiry into illegal...

Google drops solar program

US residential solar photovoltaic installation

As part of an "off-season spring cleaning series" aimed at dropping products that haven’t made the impact expected, Google has announced the end of its 'Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal' (RE

European Commission supports Desertec-Medgrid MOU

Morocco flags

The signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Desertec Industry Initiative (Dii) and Medgrid, under which the development of renewable energies will be promoted in the EU and countries in the Southern...

PV price shifts and painful consolidation

Suntech solar photovoltaic panels

2011 has, arguably, presented photovoltaic companies with the toughest solar market challenges to date. Subsidy cuts, freefalling prices, weak demand, overcapacities, financial uncertainty, insolvencies: these factors, and many...

ReneSola posts Q3 loss

A ReneSolar module.

While its second quarter (Q2) 2011 gross figures were impressive, recording a USD$45.9 million profit, ReneSola has posted a loss of $7.7 million, for the third quarter (Q3) 2011.

Yingli ups shipping record, but posts falling gross margin

Yingli Solar photovoltaic modules in a 46 MW solar park

Yingli Solar may have seen another quarter reach "historical" photovoltaic module shipping highs, but its financial figures have been impacted by the weak solar market conditions. The company’s gross margin and operating results...

Canadian Solar: Higher shipments and revenues, but falling gross margin

Canadian Solar photovoltaic modules in German solar park

Unlike many of its peers, Canadian Solar seems to have pulled through the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 rather well, having recorded both sequential and annual photovoltaic module shipment and revenue increases. The company’s gross...

Hanwha also posts significant financial losses

Hanwha SolarOne photovoltaic modules in a warehouse

Another victim of the depressed market conditions, Hanwha SolarOne has seen third quarter (Q3) 2011 losses, leading to full year module shipment guidance reductions. Like many, the company believes the financial woes will...

Suntech positive despite Q3 declines

Suntech HQ building with flags

Suntech, affected by the depreciation of the euro, has posted third quarter (Q3) 2011 declines across the board. The company believes the current market troubles will continue into the first half of 2012. However, by mid-year, it...

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