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LDK Solar appoints liquidators as winding-up procedures begin

LDK headquarters, China.

Having missed bond repayments last year, the solar wafer company will pursue liquidation proceedings on all offshore debt.


Yingli revises Q3 guidance down

Yingli solar photovoltaic panels in a project aerial view

The photovoltaic giants are not immune to the current market conditions, as has been frequently witnessed throughout 2011. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is the most recent company to jump on the guidance revision...


Inquiry into UK PV FIT cut proposals launched

Solar photovoltaic rooftop installation in the UK

The U.K. Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an inquiry into the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECCs) proposed photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) cuts.


House committee subpoena’s White House for internal Solyndra documents

Fred Upton

As President Barack Obama arrived at the G20 summit in France on November 3, the acrimonious Solyndra face-off reached a flashpoint in the U.S. Congress.


Ahearn steers First Solar towards new markets

The rooftop pv installation at First Solar factory in Frankfurt.

Taking the wheel once again at First Solar, chairman of the board and interim CEO, Michal J Ahearn set out a new direction for the company in a conference call to discuss the company’s third quarter (Q3) results.


Trina announces revised Q3 guidance

Jifan Gao, Trina Solar chairman and CEO

Trina Solar is also suffering from the shaky solar market conditions. As such, it has revised its full year photovoltaic module shipment downwards.


SunPower announces restructuring program, lowers Q4 guidance, sees CFO go

SunPower solar photovoltaic panels

Another victim of this year’s turbulent solar market, solar cell manufacturer, SunPower has said it will be implementing a restructuring program in the fourth quarter (Q4)of this year. Having missed its 3Q 2011 revenue and margin...


First Solar suspends Vietnam plant construction

The facade of the Solar Frontier factory.

Amongst a range of announcements, thin-film manufacturer First Solar has announced that it will "postpone commissioning" of its 250-megawatt (MW) Vietnam factory. The announcement was made only hours after the inauguration of its...


Singapore set to play with PV’s big boys

Singapore solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

The Asia Pacific PV Expo closed on a positive note today as the pre-monsoon rain drizzled outside the Marina Bay Sands convention center. The numbers were perhaps not as high as what many exhibitors had expected, but the...


UK: Six-week FIT cutoff causes supply shortage

A solar installation in the UK.

Just days after the halving of photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) rates was announced by the U.K. Government, an installer has reported a rush on modules meaning that orders cannot be completed before the six-week FIT cutoff date.


First Solar inaugurates second German plant

A First Solar factory in a photo taken from above.

Thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has inaugurated today its second plant (FF02) at its Frankfurt (Oder) site in Germany’s east. The plant will have a capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) a year, bringing the company's capacity...


BTU experiences weak Q3 due to "slim" solar orders; announces layoffs

BTU screenshot

BTU International Inc. which, among other products, produces thermal processing equipment for solar cells, has experienced a weak third quarter Q3 2011. The results were said to have been primarily affected by the weak solar...


PV production capacity expansions to "dramatically" slow

General solar photovoltaic panel image with clouds reflected

According to new research, photovoltaic wafer, cell and module capacity expansions are predicted to "slow dramatically" from now until the first half of 2012. It was also found that while supply of these products has grown by 54...


President Obama comments on SolarWorld petition

President Obama on the phone.

U.S. President Barak Obama has dipped into the debate surrounding the SolarWorld-sponsored "trade case" it, along with an unnamed coalition of U.S. manufacturers, has filed against Chinese manufacturers.


PV Asia Pacific Expo addresses alternative solar technologies

Solar thermal plant

Day two of the PV Asia Pacific Expo has focused on the issue of alternative solar technologies. Questions like why anyone would switch from crystalline technology to technologies like thin film were posed.


Ontario’s PV industry requests "stability and transparency" from FIT review

A flag of Ontario.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty ordered a review of the province’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program. Canada’s Solar Industry Association (CanSIA) said that it wants clear rules as to what to expect from the...


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