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BBOXX raises $20m funding to boost African off-grid solar presence

Kigali, Rwanda.

The London-based solar systems provider has secured investment from a consortium of backers, including Engie SA, to help support its expansion plans in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.


Closer PV cooperation needed

Crowd shot at 2011 PV Meets Machinery and Systems Manufacturing event

Solar cell and module manufacturers will have to cooperate more closely with machinery and systems manufacturers. This was one of the central demands made at a meeting of Solarinput that brought all of the participants together...


Clinton Global Initiative commits to bringing funds, training and jobs to solar

Bill Clinton

More than a million people in the off-grid world will, literally, enjoy a brighter future, thanks to the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Three commitments made to CGI will bring solar power to homes on several continents -...


REC considering permanent PV plant closures

REC's Narvik solar photovolatic production plant

Due to the continuing weak solar market conditions and "significant" negative cash flow, REC is considering the permanent closure of three wafer facilities and one cell plant in Norway. Around 700 employees are expected to be...


Big interest in Malaysia's PV FIT

Malaysia's Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Loo Took Gee

At the Renewable Energy World Asia conference, which opened today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it has been revealed that there have been a large number of enquiries ahead of Malaysia’s new feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme's...


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Solyndra executives plead the Fifth Amendment

Bankrupt solar company Solyndra's executives have refused to testify at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Commitee, despite being bombarded with questions from the commitee Republicans.


Suntech refutes accusations of Chinese dumping prices

Recent comments made by SolarWorld’s Frank Asbeck claiming that the Chinese solar companies are selling their wares at dumping prices, driving others out of the market has created some ripples, with Suntech refuting the comment....


SEMI reports weak PV equipment demand

A graph showing bookings and billings figures for the pv equipment industry. A downward trend is evident.

In another sign of trying times for photovoltaics, manufacturing industry association SEMI has reported that the book-to-bill ratio for equipment manufacturers has fallen below parity. This indicates that supply is exceeding...


Solyndra bankruptcy a potential headache for First Solar; loan selection process called into question

Solyndra factory building

The Solyndra meltdown appears to be affecting more than just its employees. According to industry analysts, a number of First Solar’s photovoltaic projects awaiting loan guarantees could also be negatively affected. Meanwhile, a...


US solar outpaces global market and remains "bullish"

US 30 MW thin film solar photovoltaic plant, Cimarron by First Solar

Lower prices and a rapidly changing global landscape have pushed the solar market in the U.S. to post record second quarter growth and keep the market growing at a "bullish" rate. New Jersey has overtaken California as the...


Sunlogics expands manufacturing capacity; announces strategic plans

Sunlogics thin film solar photovoltaic manufacturing base in Senftenberg, Germany

New solar start-up Sunlogics has acquired two photovoltaic module manufacturing facilities. In an interview with pv magazine the company unveils its strategies going forward, including its Chinese ambitions.


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Update: JinkoSolar expects to resume manufacturing operations soon

Shanghai skyline

JinkoSolar has been ordered to close its Haining manufacturing plant in China’s Zhejiang province following protests by villagers that it was releasing toxins into a local river. The company says it expects to resume operations...


US sees "substantially" decreased PV installation costs

Ground mounted solar photovoltaic installation US

New research has indicated that the installed cost of photovoltaic systems in the U.S. "substantially" decreased in 2010 and during the first six months of 2011. For the first time, data is available on utility-scale installed...


PV Rome focuses on Italy’s solar future

PV Rome opening day crowd shot

The fifth PV Rome Mediterranean 2011 kicked off yesterday. The future of Italy’s photovoltaic industry was the main focus of the opening conference. A key advertising theme is "Made in Europe".


Germany: SMA commissions world’s largest solar inverter center

SMA Technology AG has commissioned the world’s largest solar inverter service center in Niestetal, Germany.


Italy on track to knock Germany off top PV spot

Italy solar photovoltaic installation

The Italian network agency, GSE, reports that photovoltaic installations in Italy have reached over 10 gigawatts (GW). Already this year, says the agency, 6.5 GW have been installed.


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