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IHS: Solar capacity in Central America set to soar

Costa Rica's 1 MW Parque Solar Miravalles

Total installations in the region are expected to reach 1.5 GW through 2018. The region’s current PV pipeline of planned utility-scale projects amounts to 1.3 GW.

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.

Centrotherm to close Austrian operations

Centrotherm HQ Germany

Germany-based centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced operations at its Vienna branch in Austria are to be discontinued.

Italy to be knocked out of top 3 PV markets

Greece solar photovoltaic plant thin film

New figures have revealed that new global photovoltaic installations surpassed 13 GW in the first six months of 2012. In 2H almost 18 GW is expected to be added. For the FY, Germany, China and the U.S. will be the leading...

China concludes US solar subsidies violate WTO rules

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has concluded that 6 renewable energy subsidies in the U.S. violate provisions made under the WTO Subsidy and Countervailing Measures Agreement and the Article 3 of 1994 General Agreement on...

IPVEA calls for PV associations to unite against EU trade case

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The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has criticized the trade complaint filed by a SolarWorld-led consortium in the EU against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers. In response, it has called for the...

Switzerland cuts PV tariffs for a third time

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Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Switzerland will be reduced for a third time this year, from October 1.

Trina sees significant Q2 net loss; revises FY shipment guidance

Jifan Gao Trina Solar Chairman CEO

Industry overcapacity and demand constraints have been attributed to Trina Solar’s flailing Q2 2012 financials. In addition to recording a significant net loss, the company’s revenues fell and operating expenses increased....

Sovello abandons production

Sovello production image

From the end of August, the insolvent Sovello will stop all production on its photovoltaic product assembly lines. Almost all of the employees will be terminated. Meanwhile, investor discussions are said to be difficult.

Automated demand response key to intermittent renewables

California 20 MW Stroud solar photovoltaic station

Automated demand response, or AutoDR could cost-effectively help combat intermittent renewable energy supply, particularly in light of the current high costs of grid-connected storage batteries.

Juwi exits German PV rooftop business

Juwi solar photovoltaic rooftop

Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's...

India accuses US of "ruining" domestic PV industry

First Solar thin film photovoltaic modules cadmium telluride

India’s Centre for Science and Technology (CSE) has launched a scathing attack on U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, claiming they are "ruining" India’s domestic photovoltaic manufacturing industry by taking advantage of the US$30...

China’s polysilicon producers urge EU dumping probe

WACKER POLYSILICON chip inspection

Four Chinese polysilicon producers have urged the Chinese government to initiate an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into European imports of solar grade polysilicon, according to reports.

NY signs legislation to boost solar development

New York skyline

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a series of bills, which aim to boost the uptake of solar in the U.S. state. Overall, 3 measures have been introduced: tax credits; sales tax exemptions; and real property tax...

Interview: Centrotherm discusses reorganization proceedings and future strategies

Centrotherm HQ Germany

pv magazine caught up with Tobias Hoefer, the expert for reorganization on the board of Centrotherm AG and responsible for insolvency protection proceedings, and with CTO, Peter Fath to discover the current state of affairs,...

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