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Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.

A look at Italy’s latest Conto Energia

Italy solar photovoltaic plant

Italy’s new guidelines for photovoltaic subsidies have been in place since Monday, August 27. While system operators will have to adapt to much lower tariffs and changing requirements, it is believed the new funding under the...

Panasonic and Coronal Management establish solar financing company

Sanyo Panasonic solar photovoltaic HIT module

Panasonic and Coronal Management LLC will establish a new solar company in North America, under which funding will be provided for distributed generation solar systems built by Panasonic Eco Solutions North America.

Update: Isofoton to invest €300 million in Q.Cells

Isofotón factory Spain

Following the news that Spain-based Isofotón had also submitted a bid to take Germany’s Q.Cells over, pv magazine has learned that if the offer is accepted, it will invest €300 million in Q.Cells’ businesses. Under 10% of the...

APAC region driving global PV demand as industry transitions

Solarbuzz photovoltaic demand graph

According to new figures, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in particular is set to experience significant end of year photovoltaic demand. Meanwhile, conditions are expected to remain challenging in the more established markets.

Bosch to close silicon thin film works in Germany

Bosch silicon thin film photovoltaics Erfurt

Bosch will close its silicon thin film works in Erfurt, Germany. In the future, the company will concentrate on the areas of crystalline and CIS thin film photovoltaics.

Hanwha signs Q.Cells takeover contract

Q.Cells HQ Germany

After months of speculation, the insolvent Q.Cells has confirmed the Hanwha Group’s interest in taking it over. While the two parties have signed a contract, the acquisition must still be approved by Q.Cells’ creditors.

Romney’s energy policy fuels US political debate

Mitt Romney

A 21-page policy paper on energy released by presumptive U.S. GOP Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney in advance of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, next week is predicated more on "what lies beneath" than on...

Japan: Company formed to develop 500 MW

The Japanese flag.

In a sign that major Japanese corporations are mobilizing to develop photovoltaic projects in the country under the revamped FIT regime, the Japan Mega Solar Power Co. has formed. The new company plans to invest 100 billion yen...

ReneSola hits Q2 guidance, posts operating loss

A worker inspecting ReneSola wafers.

In its Q2 results released today, Chinese vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer, ReneSola has announced that it has exceeded revenue and shipment guidance. Despite this strong result, the company posted a US$34.6...

GCL-Poly’s half-year profits plunge

A GCL-Poly facility.

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier, GCL-Poly has announced weak half-year results, with revenues falling by 22.4% and gross profit by 109.3%. In a statement announcing the results, chairman and CEO, Zhu Gong Shan has...

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Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt places hope in South Korea

Q.Cells HQ Germany

Following the news that Hanwha may take the insolvent Q.Cells SE over, Saxony-Anhalt is placing its hopes in South Korea. The state government is heading to there next week to hold discussions with potential investors.

Brazil: Renova Energia to move into solar sector

Brazil flag

Shareholders in Brazil’s renewable energy major, Renova Energia, approved a decision on August 22, which will see the company – until now a major wind developer – expand its activities into solar energy.

JinkoSolar reports improved Q2 financials

JinkoSolar solar photovoltaic modules

Chinese photovoltaic player, JinkoSolar has seen many financial improvements in Q2 2012, unlike many of its peers. While losses were recorded, particularly compared to Q2 2011, positive progress from Q1 has been made.

Draker and SPTI announce merger; raise $8 million in equity

Ray Burgess

Solar monitoring and asset management solution provider, Draker and Solar Power Technologies, Inc. (SPTI) have completed their merger. The new, combined company has also announced the closing of US$8 million worth of equity.

AQT Solar seeks support

According to reports, thin film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) manufacturer, AQT Solar is looking for support in the form of a new partner or buyer.

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