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GCL-Poly agrees to buy $150 million of SunEdison's manufacturing business

GCL-Poly polysilicon facilities in China. Image by GCL-Poly.

The Chinese company will buy three of SunEdison's manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon and cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.


New inverter technologies market to hit over USD$1.3 billion in 2015

Enphase Energy photovoltaic microinverter

Although the adoption of new photovoltaic inverter technologies "strongly" grew in 2010, they accounted for under one percent of overall inverter revenues, according to new research. However, predictions are this market will grow...


Renewable energy investment rises; utilities to account for lion's share of demand

Solar photovoltaic module picture with cloud reflection from First Solar

New research has shown that investment in renewable energy is growing to pre-financial crisis levels. Demand for future lending, meanwhile, is expected to come from the utilities.


US non-residential PV pipeline growing on back of low module prices

First Solar Cimarron solar photovoltaic plant 30 MW thin film

The U.S. non-residential photovoltaic pipeline is sitting at 24 gigawatts (GW), up from 17 GW two months ago, according to new research. The increase is attributed to falling factory gate module prices.


EU PVSEC: Doors close on price war

Businessmen walking into the EU PVSEC.

Cold winds off the harbor blew hard as the 26th EU PVSEC closes in Hamburg. Visitor numbers were stagnant and many reported slow business and observed massively slashed module prices.


PV status report discusses path ahead; perception, regulations and limitations analyzed

Conergy South Korea solar photovoltaic installation

A major shift away from Europe and the maintenance of worldwide photovoltaic programs are again the two major factors that will dominate photovoltaic market development in the coming years, according to a new report.


German solar incentives set to be slashed after reports of 1.25 GW of newly installed PV capacity

Wirsol Solar's 24.1 MW photovoltaic park in Germany, Brandenburg

According to sources, newly installed photovoltaic capacity in Germany hit 1.25 gigawatts (GW) between June and July of this year. As such, there are fears solar incentives will be slashed by 15 percent in January 2012.


EU PVSEC business forum discusses partnerships, mergers and subsidies

Crowd shot, 26th EU PVSEC

For the first time, photovoltaic industry leaders have come together at a EU PVSEC conference to discuss future business models.


US: 371 MW solar rooftop project underway

Hickham airforce base, Honolulu, Hawaii

What has been described as the U.S.’ largest residential solar rooftop program is underway. The aim is to install 371 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics on military residences and military bases across 33 states.


Brazil garnering EU PVSEC’s attention

Electricity lines in Brazil

At the 26th EU PVSEC, among the leading photovoltaic technology developers, quieter Halls A and C, and some questionable marketing campaigns (more to come on those later), was one country garnering attention, without even being...


EU PVSEC: Einstein winner takes political stance

Frank Asbeck in animated discussion.

Accepting his award from SolarWorld’s Frank Asbeck at last night’s Einstein Award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, Bertrand Piccard compared the fight for integrating clean tech into mainstream energy usage with that of persuading...


26th EU PVSEC: What will happen next?

A picture taken from a height of the big screens and stages at the EUPVSEC conference.

Accelerated consolidation and increased competition among photovoltaic producers are two key themes set to characterize 2012’s solar industry. Meanwhile, the "easy phase" of making money is said to be over.


EU PVSEC: Details emerge for proposed 10 GW "Project Helios"

A Conergy photovoltaic plant in Greece.

With plenty of sun and not much liquidity, Greece has been forced to be creative as to how to get its economy going and create jobs. One plan to do so has become clear at the European photovoltaic conference in Hamburg today, in...


EPIA: Photovoltaics "fully competitive" by 2020

A graph showing falling pv costs.

An analysis of major European electricity markets by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association has revealed that electricity produced by photovoltaics will be competitive with conventional sources by 2020. The report,...


DOE grants USD$145 million for development of solar technologies

Suntech solar photovoltaic cell on the production line

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made over USD$145 million available to 69 solar projects across the country. The goal is to position the U.S. as an industry leader.


Global solar market to reach $75.2 billion by 2016

Close up of Photon Energy's solar photovoltaic panels

New solar technology like concentrated solar power (CSP) and the opening of new markets are tipped to become a strong growth engine for solar moving forward, according to a new report looking at how the industry will develop...


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