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Innotech Solar acquires Tripod Energy, Italian PV assets

Tripod Energy's 1 MW Natale PV project, Italy

The Scandinavian-German PV module maker says the acquisition will strengthen its cash position and provide reliable operating revenues from the two PV plants Italy.


Japan: Solar Frontier moves into downstream PV

A photo of the Miyazaki factory.

Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier has announced that it will move into the downstream business in its domestic market, with an agreement to supply and provide "project development services" for two power plants worth...


Yingli unveils 72 cell PV module for US market

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has unveiled a new 72 cell photovoltaic module, the YGE-U 72 Cell, at this year's Solar Power International in Orlando, Florida. Designed specifically to supply the North American...


Czech Republic to install 120 MW of PV in 2012

Czech solar photovoltaic project 5.1 MW

Following 2 years of almost no solar activity, predictions are that between 100 and 120 MW of photovoltaics will be installed in 2012 in the Czech Republic. Rooftop systems are said to be leading this growth.


There’s strength in US numbers for Q2 2012

The U.S. solar sector has just finished its second-best quarter in history, having installed 742 MW of photovoltaic power – and its best quarter on record for utility deployments – according to a report released today by...


Global smart grid activity heating up

Smart grid solar photovoltaic

At the end of Q2 2012, China continued to dominate the worldwide renewable energy market, with Germany and the U.S. nose-to-nose in second place, and India and the U.K. just behind, according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly...


'New energy can power our future,' Obama avows in DNC acceptance speech

Barack Obama 2012

"Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan," U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Thursday night, September 6, facing a packed hall of supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the 2012...


Siliken announces Mexico PV plant closure

Siliken HQ-Building

As part of its restructuring plan, which aims to consolidate the company’s production operations, photovoltaics manufacturer Siliken has announced it will close production activities in Mexico down.


Avaaz calls for petition to stop Chinese solar tariffs in US and EU

Suntech solar photovoltaic panel module

Following the launch of EU and U.S. trade investigations into photovoltaic exports from China, Avaaz is calling for half a million people to back its submission to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and EU Trade...


Manz reaches 14.6% CIGS panel efficiency

Manz 14.6percent CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic module

Germany-based Manz AG has announced its CIGS thin film photovoltaic panels have reached an efficiency of 14.6% in production conditions. The company adds that it will able to supply power costing as little as €0.04/kWh in the...


India solar still faces multiple challenges, despite reaching 1 GW milestone

India solar photovoltaic plant Conergy

Cumulative Indian solar capacity now stands at around 1,040 MW, of which 830 MW were installed this year. Despite the crossing of this significant milestone, there are still many challenges facing the Indian solar industry,...


Quality for Photovoltaics: Calls for module transport improvement

solar photovoltaic module micro cracks

Solarpraxis’ Quality for Photovoltaic systems conference kicked off this morning in Berlin, Germany. On the one hand, discussions have centered around where the industry needs to improve standards, and on the other, where quality...


Centrotherm sheds second subsidiary

centrotherm HQ Germany

As part of its reorganization process, centrotherm photovoltaics AG has sold centrotherm SiTec GmbH’s subsidiary, Michael Glatt Maschinenbau GmbH to Germany’s Büechl Handels- und Beteiligungs-KG.


EC launches Chinese anti-dumping PV investigation

EU flags

The European Commission (EC) has initiated proceedings against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. The Competition Authority will now consider the allegation of dumping, according to an announcement by the European Commission...


Solaria: 290 jobs to go as Spanish factory is downsized

Spain solar photovoltaic plant

Spain-based Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente has announced plans to downsize its photovoltaic equipment plant in Puertollano, Ciudad Real, in order to "adapt resources and labor costs to the activity in the photovoltaic sector"....


PV microinverters and power optimizers set for significant growth

Enphase Photovoltaic microinverter

On the back of 180% market growth in 2011, the latest industry figures indicate that microinverter and power optimizer shipments will grow over 70% in 2012. By 2016, they are expected to comprise 10% of the photovoltaic inverter...


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