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S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.


US: Scandal 'Abounds' in Obama administration

Abound Solar photovoltaic modules

On the back of Abound’s bankruptcy announcement, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has held a hearing, during which former executives testified. While the process has been branded an "Obama bashing"...


US: Federal-backed Amonix closes CPV facility

Amonix CPV facility

According to media reports, U.S.-based concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) company, Amonix has closed its manufacturing plant down in North Las Vegas. The company was said to have been subsidized by more than US$20 million in federal...


Sovello announces significant job cuts

Sovello photovoltaic production image

The insolvent Sovello AG has said that 475 of its employees will be let go. Meanwhile, negotiations are underway with "seriously" interested Asian investors. However, it is not clear if they will be concluded before August 1.


REC confident despite recording significant Q2 EBIT loss

REC Norway photovoltaic wafer facility

REC looks to be in a good position following its new credit and issuance of new shares. Despite this, impairment charges related to the company's fixed assets at its manufacturing facility in Singapore have significantly impacted...


Sunways ends Deutsch Solar wafer contracts early

Sunways photovoltaic components

Sunways AG has announced it will end two long term photovoltaic wafer contracts with Deutsche Solar GmbH early, following agreement by both parties. The decision has been attributed to the current market conditions.


Q.Cells to continue operations

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following a meeting of Q.Cells’ creditors, the insolvent photovoltaic company has been given the go ahead to continue on with its operations. The insolvency administrator’s position has further been confirmed. Restructuring...


3.9 GW of PV projects acquired in 2011

A First Solar photovoltaic module.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has published figures showing that a record number of photovoltaic projects were purchased last year, worth approximately US$10.8 billion. BNEF found that "approved and operating" projects were...


PV module price declines ease

Due to improved demand, photovoltaic module price declines are expected to ease slightly in the second half (2H) of 2012. Meanwhile, global installations are forecast to reach 30.2 GW this year. Overcapacity is still a dominant...


Australia: Infigen to build PV integrated energy storage demonstration project

New South Wales flag

Infigen has begun work on a one MW photovoltaic and energy storage plant in Australia’s New South Wales. A first for both the company and the country, the demonstration project aims to pave the way for future utility-scale...


Inverter industry entering "dynamic" times

Inverter manufacturing Conergy solar photovoltaic

The renewable energy inverter industry is facing a dichotomy, says Pike Research. On the one hand, it is undergoing an "intense period of technological innovation", but on the other, it is in "turmoil". Overall, the market, led...


Innovative technologies will drive PV metallization costs down

Imec copper plated solar photovoltaic cell

Lux Research has said that emerging technologies will bring the costs of photovoltaic metallization down and improve process yields. Overall, copper has been named as the "logical metallization winner".


Greek PV installations rise

Greece Drama solar photovoltaic park

According to the latest statistics, Greece has installed 627 MW of photovoltaics to date. Of this, 53 MW was added in May. Meanwhile, in 2012, photovoltaics has generated 292.9 GWh of energy in the country.


US: GOP hopes Solyndra Act will sway American voters

Solyndra factory building

Can the United States fund research and innovation, without factoring in some financial risk? In a political move calculated to prolong the Solyndra scandal, but characterized as concern over lack of due diligence in the...


Is Italy’s Conto Energia V pointless?

Italy solar photovoltaic rooftop system

On July 12, Italy reached its €6 billion photovoltaic feed-in tariff funding limit. On Friday 13, the energy agency’s official counter showed just under €6 billion worth of funding for plants. By Monday 16, it was sitting at...


China predicted to install 5 to 7 GW of PV in 2012

China 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant

According to IMS Research, between five and seven GW worth of photovoltaics will be installed in China in 2012. It forecasts that over four GW will be added in the second half of the year alone.


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