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Russian banks set to seize Crimean solar power plants

Activ Solar 105.56 MW plant in Crimea

Update: Saddled with massive debts estimated at $870 million following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a dramatic cut in feed-in tariffs, solar plants in the region have been unable to pay back outstanding loans and now face...


SNEC: Intense competition evident in Chinese market

SNEC stand china

The 2013 SNEC trade show has opened today with talk of escalating photovoltaic trade wars ever present and the intense price competition in the Chinese module market evident. Attendance figures are not available, however first...


Trina Solar revises Q1 results down

Trina Solar module production.

When solar manufacturers update their financials at the moment it is rarely to bring good news and Trina Solar was no exception as it updated its Q1 performance today.


SolarCity posts US$31 million loss in Q1

SolarCity announced today a loss of US$31 million in Q1 2013, as it increased its year-to-year customer base by 106%.


SMA to focus on energy management

The photovoltaic inverter manufacturer is currently searching for new business models. The firm's chief executive, Pierre Pascal Urbon, aims to reposition SMA as an energy management company.


SNEC: "Solar Leaders Dialogue" dominated by EU-China trade dispute

Asian, American and European solar energy representatives met at the "Solar Leaders Dialogue", within the framework of SNEC 2013 tradeshow and conference in Shanghai, to discuss the industry's current challenges, trends and...


Greece announces drastic FIT cuts

The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) announced on Friday the new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for photovoltaic systems. An over 40% tariff reduction has been signed off on, both for ground-mounted and...


China: Heraeus opens revamped PV lab

As a side event to the SNEC trade show that will begin tomorrow in Shanghai, metal paste supplier Heraeus has opened an expanded photovoltaics lab at its Chinese branch, the Heraeus Materials Technology Shanghai (HTMS). Despite a...


IG Metall calls on Bosch to reconsider exit

Bosch solar cell Germany

IG Metall, Germany’s biggest industrial union, is calling on Bosch to reconsider its withdrawal from the crystalline solar photovoltaic business in view of the European Commission’s plan to slap Chinese imports with anti-dumping...


China calls for dialogue, consultation to address EU trade dispute

In response to the EU Commission's plans to impose provisional anti-dumping duties of an average 47% on Chinese solar imports as of June 6, China has called for dialogue and consultations to solve EU trade disputes.


Smart meter market is hotting up in China

A smart meter.

The smart meter market is burgeoning in China, according to market research company IHS iSuppli, but manufacturers are being hit by a price erosion similar to that which devastated solar panel makers last year.


Hyundai Heavy exits polysilicon business

The Korean conglomerate Hyundai Heavy Industries has withdrawn its shares from the joint venture Korean Advanced Materials, which manufactures polysilicon, according to a local media report. The sustained downturn in the...


Spire posts Q1 loss of $2.6 million, 57% drop in sales

Spire Roger G Little

Reflecting the manufacturing slowdown in the global PV market, U.S. solar group Spire Corporation has posted a 57% drop in its first quarter revenue to $3.2 million.


PPAs signed for 417 MW in South Africa

South Africa's public utility Eskom has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) for nine photovoltaic projects worth 417.1 MW, under the country’s renewable energy expansion program. Meanwhile, the government has expressed concern...


SNEC: "Shanghai Declaration" calls for cooperation and negotiation

As global photovoltaic industry leaders assembled for the SNEC 2013 tradeshow and conference in Shanghai today, a declaration has been issued calling for a negotiation and conciliation approach to various solar trade disputes...


EU ProSun claims PV duties will create jobs

In reaction to the news that photovoltaic AD duties will likely be imposed on June 6 by the EU Commission, EU ProSun says they will have a "positive effect" on solar growth and jobs. Conversely, AFASE believes tariffs will cause...


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