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ABB to close Phoenix inverter fab, move jobs to Estonia and Italy

ABB worker.

The Swiss power electronics firm will end manufacturing operations at the U.S. site, shifting an undisclosed number of jobs to Estonia and Italy later this year. Some sales and service staff will be retained in Phoenix.

Italy: Further FIT cut claims disputed

Italian photovoltaic installation by Isofoton Italia SpA

News has emerged this week stating that Italy’s Government is looking to apply further tariff cuts, of up to 30 percent. It seems, however, that the information was just a "negotiation maneuver".

Kyocera increases PV plant size following government energy restrictions

Kyocera's 230kW solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop of its Tanagura manufacturing plant in Fukushima, Japan

Kyocera has increased the size of a photovoltaic plant at one of its Fukushima manufacturing facilities, after the Japanese Government introduced electricity restrictions on July 1. This is the first time in 41 years such...

NSW Solar Summit 2 criticized, but not all was negative

New South Wales flag

The second in a series of Solar Energy Summits held in the Australian State of New South Wales has drawn criticism from industry insiders, despite the announcement of some new key policies.

PV module inventories continue to soar

Frankensolar warehouse: boxes filled with solar photovoltaic modules

Photovoltaic module inventories have "soared" due to weak quarter one demand, says Solarbuzz’s new quarterly report. They are now expected to hit a "record" 8.6 gigawatts. The second half of the year will be "challenging".

Suntech terminates wafer agreement and thin film venture

Suntech facade in Wuxi HW, China

Suntech has terminated a solar wafer supply agreement with MEMC. It will also discontinue investment in thin film subsidiary CSG Solar AG. Overall, the company will incur expenses of around USD$236 million.

SolarWorld turns its back on Asia; US becomes key PV focus

SolarWorld recently opened Germany's largest photovoltaic module production facility in Freiburg (aerial shot)

In a move away from the Asian regions, SolarWorld has sold its stake in a South Korean solar panel production facility, stating that it prefers to focus on Western photovoltaic markets.

German Lower House of Parliament formerly turns its back on nuclear

The German flag.

The government adopted the Renewable Energy Act [EEG] Amendment today, which will abandon nuclear and offer some support for renewable sources.

UK solar industry rallies to seek way round FIT cuts

London skyline from London City Hall

A call to arms by the UK solar industry in the face of the government’s decision to cut feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates for installations larger than 50 kilowatts (kW) gathered momentum yesterday as politicians, solar businesses, and...

Ontario’s solar success hits a snag in Windsor

An abandoned factory in Windsor, Ontario.

With a rapidly expanding solar sector and a growing number of installations, Ontario has rapidly emerged as a major photovoltaic market. However, a local solar manufacturers in the Windsor area are accusing local utilities of...

US’ first utility scale CIS solar project on track

Solar Frontier's new gigawatt-scale manufacturing plant in Japan

juwi solar Inc. is gearing up to construct the U.S.’s first utility scale ground-mount CIS (copper, indium and selenium) solar plant. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.

Consolidation and negative solar surprises

Q-Cells SE Solar park in Puglia, Italy

Industry analysts at Jefferies believe consolidation is about to hit the solar industry. They add that the second quarter of this year has "negative surprises" in store.

After 1,000 home installations, GRID Alternatives poised for interstate expansion

A Santa Cruz installatins pictured with volunteers.

Californian not-for-profit solar installer has racked up its 1,000th photovoltaic installation and is ready to expand to other states with established solar economies.

Home energy software, communications, efficiency and solar start-ups get investment from GE

The GE corporate badge.

GE’s "Ecomagination: Powering Your Home" Challenge has resulted in $63 million of investment into home energy technology companies from GE and venture capital partners.

New nuclear sites for England and Wales

A nuclear power plant in Germany.

Government plans for new nuclear power plants have been revealed in the UK, with eight sites named in its energy policy statements. The government has also released its Microgeneration Strategy, which focuses on non-financial...

Bilateral PV research and development deal signed

Jürgen Mlynek speaks to Dan Arvihzu before signing their agreement.

U.S. and German photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) researchers are set to formally collaborate after a historic accord was signed today in Berlin, Germany. The signatories were from the National Renewable Energy...

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