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Germany: Innotech Solar buys Energiebau

Energiebau CEO Michael Schäfer

Saved from insolvency, the German solar wholesaler will now offer Innotech product while continuing to sell other PV modules. The company says it is nevertheless reducing its product portfolio in order to adapt to current market...

1.1 GW of new solar capacity in India in 2013

A solar installation in India.

With 4.4 GW of new solar projects expected to be announced in India in 2013, only around 1.1 GW will be online by the end of the year, according to consultants Bridge to India.

Debt-ridden LDK sells off another 12% stake

Stock market traders are enjoying a volatile relationship with solar shares.

The carve-up of debt ridden LDK Solar continued with the disclosure yesterday that the British Virgin Islands-registered Fulai Investments Ltd has paid US$31.1 million for a 12% stake in the ailing Chinese manufacturer.

UK: Solar installers and developers sue government for £140m

The flag of the UK.

A group of British "solar and construction companies" has announced its intention to claim £140 million (US$222 million) in damages against the government of its handling of reductions to the solar FIT in 2011 and 2012.

Juwi begins construction on 48 MW in Thailand

A PV power plant in India.

German photovoltaic developer juwi has begun construction on a project that will see five solar parks, with a combined capacity of 48 MW, developed in Thailand. The solar power plants will be equipped to deal with floods, such as...

Conergy completes 1.5 MW in Greece

A PV power plant in Greece.

Conergy has announced that it has completed three 500 kW projects in Greece. Conergy was the main contractor on two of the plants and supplied components to the third.

Gehrlicher completes Spanish self-consumption system

Solar panels at the edge of a Spanish village.

German-based EPC and photovoltaic developer Gehrlicher Solar has announced the completion of a 30 kW off grid system in Spain, to supply a small community. While relatively small, the installation is indicative of a growing trend...

China’s increasing PV consumption

Chinese PV industry at a conference.

While President Obama's remarks about supporting renewable energy grabbed headlines, data is emerging which is confirming China’s increasing role as an end market for photovoltaic modules, according to industry analysts NPD...

Australia: Belectric to build 5 MW plant

The city center in Mildura.

German EPC and project developer Belectric has announced its move into the Australian utility scale market, with an agreement to construct a 5 MW power plant in the north west of the state Victoria. The location of Mildura had...

Obama renews oath of office and "obligation" to sustainable energy

President Obama being swarn in.

Following a presidential campaign during which climate change was acknowledged only with respect to how the severe weather might affect the candidates’ schedules for the day, sustainable energy finally featured prominently in...

Greece: 48 of Thessaloniki's schools go solar

An elevated shot across the roofs of the city of Thessaloniki.

The Municipality of Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece, announced recently that it will install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of a total 50 municipal buildings. 48 of these are public schools.

Polysilicon price could rise in March… slightly


There are indications falling polysilicon production is starting to address the long-standing global oversupply and helping the price of the solar material stabilize, according to consultants IHS i-Suppli.

Oil price driving PV development in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi.

U.S. solar module manufacturer-turned-plant-developer First Solar is targeting the Middle East and north Africa as a growth market as oil and gas-rich nations look to reduce their domestic reliance on such fuels to maximize...

Chile prepares to add 2.2 GW of solar power generation

A Saferay solar installation in Chile.

Chile's National Energy Commission (CNE) says it is feasible to connect up to 2.2 GW of solar plants to the national grid over the next 15 years, in a newly published plan for the expansion of the national transmission system.

US losing its share of $1tn global solar revenues

A First Solar photovoltaic installation in Rajasthan.

A report into the future of the U.S. clean energy industry has called upon President Obama and Congress to introduce measures to ensure the country does not fall further behind in the global renewable energy revolution.

Gold Poly pays $270m for rooftop company

The Chinese flag.

Chinese cell manufacturer Gold Poly New Energy Holdings Ltd has acquired solar power plant developer China Merchants New Energy Holdings Ltd.

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