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Saudia Arabia: New energy minister slashes solar targets

Saudia Arabia project

After first pushing backs its renewable goals, Saudi Arabia looks to have vastly reduced plans for PV and CSP deployment. Reports coming out of the country today say that the Energy Minister has announced a reduction of its 2040...


South Africa: PV could be a "goldmine" if supported by government

View from South Africa's Drakensberg mountains

A recent report believes South Africa could be the next photovoltaics superstar, if the government implements a strategy supporting the technology. However, there are a number of barriers hindering growth, particularly in the...


Sunways’ CEO slams German Government's handling of energy policy while announcing losses

Picture of Sunways' CEO at their AGM 2011.

At its annual general meeting (AGM), Sunways’ CEO Michael Wilhelm blamed the German Federal Government for photovoltaic market volatility, labeling its handling of the changes to energy policy as "botched" and arguing that, "a...


"Exciting" and "volatile" year predicted for US PV

US solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

A new report reflecting the U.S. solar industry’s 2011 first quarter predicts that both "exciting" and "volatile" times lie ahead. The country has, to date, over 2.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity. This is...


German July FIT position confirmed

German flag

Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry has confirmed that the installed photovoltaic capacity between March and May of this year amounts to around 700 megawatts. Nevertheless, the economic wing still wants to cap the market.


Conergy withdraws 2011 forecasts

Conergy solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Frankfurt (Oder)

This year is not looking bright for the solar industry, according to Conergy. Following poor performance in the first two quarters of this year, the German manufacturer has retracted its sales forecasts.


Reuters: Germany will not cut FITS on July 1

German solar photovoltaic park by Conergy, with sand and lovely blue sky

Germany’s photovoltaic industry suffered a clear break down in the first half of the year. However, Reuters has reported that significantly less than one gigawatt (GW) of new capacity was installed between March and May, meaning...


Italy dumps nuclear; renewable energy stocks rise

Q-Cells Photovoltaic plant in Basilicata, Italy

Italy has voted against nuclear, prompting the country's renewable energy stocks to soar.


Solar Frontier makes progress on three Japanese projects

A Solar Frontier executive posing with an efficiency rating of one of their solar cells.

Japanese solar subsidiary of Dutch Oil giant Shell is supplying the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) on one of Japan’s first major solar plant installations, while putting their recycling systems in place and installing solar...


Report: Public Prosecutor's office investigating Conergy

A picture of a Conergy solar installation in Germany.

According to a report in the daily newspaper "Handelsblatt", the public prosecutor’s office in Hamburg has set its sights on eight former managers of the Hamburg photovoltaic company.


US utility companies installing solar as capacity rapidly expands

A photo of part of the facade of San Fransisco's Pacific Gas & Electric company.

The latest report from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) into U.S. utility integrated solar electricity installations has revealed that their numbers grew by 100 percent in 2010 and that the growth is occurring in...


McGraw-Hill announces 14.1 MW solar plant in New Jersey

A picture of the art-deco styled McGraw-Hill building.

In what will amount to a large privately owned photovoltaic installation, McGraw-Hill will install a ground-mounted solar array on 50 acres of land adjacent to the corporation’s two office buildings in East Windsor, New Jersey.


A successful and positive Intersolar closes its doors for the 20th time

Intersolar europe 20th edition opening day crowds

It was a successful trade show. That was expressed by all the exhibitors whom pv magazine spoke with, regardless of whether they were inverter manufacturers, junction box makers, cables and connectors producers or mounting system...


Samsung announces increased solar focus

Samsung solar photovoltaic modules with "Samsung takes on the solar challenge" slogan

Samsung has said that it plans to invest USD$5.5 billion in the development of solar technology and production by 2020.


One stop PV thin film coating moves one step closer

Photo of thin film photovoltaic roofing shingles.

German research institute deposits CIG cells simultaneously on micrometer thin polymer film, without compromising photovoltaic efficiency.


pvXchange looks to international expansion and eyes US market

Portrait of Florian Delpho.

Online photovoltaic module and inverter trading platform pvXchange has appointed new senior management and will open new offices overseas, as part of its international expansion program.


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