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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.


Report finds strong growth in US solar industry

A photovoltaic installation being installed onto a rooftop.

While in many parts of the world the photovoltaic and wider solar industry has had a rocky ride in 2011, in the U.S. it remains one of the strongest growing industries. As the market matures, declining module prices and...


Growth despite recession

Intersolar North America lobby crowds

Despite record unemployment and empty public coffers the signs still point toward growth for photovoltaics – even in the U.S. This was the conclusion of Intersolar North America, which closed its doors with record participation...


Intersolar: Bringing solar to the masses

Silicon wafer

How can the solar industry achieve, say, 200 gigawatts (GW) of annual installation by 2020? By using a lot of silicon and finding creative means to bring solar to the masses, according a panel of executives at Intersolar in San...


US: PACE Group to introduce clean energy bill in house

Intersolar North America people on escalators

PACE Now has announced plans to introduce a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives designed to stop mortgage lending regulators from introducing policies that breach clean energy laws.


Brazil readies grid connection law

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Several Brazilian solar industry sources indicated today that the government will promulgate market-enabling legislation that will finally permit broad grid connections for solar installations by the end of this year.


Intersolar North America opens doors on biggest ever event

A picture of the CEO board at the 20th Intersolar North America.

The three-day photovoltaic industry event Intersolar North America has opened its doors to visitors from 62 countries. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the event.


Exclusive India update: Solar projects without financing will be cancelled

India 3MW solar photovoltaic park in the Village Yelsandra, Karnataka

The funding deadline for the first batch of solar projects under the Indian solar mission has now passed. pv magazine has now learned that the projects which didn’t achieve financial closure will be cancelled.


UNSW hits 19.4 percent on mass-produced solar cell - what next?

Matt Edwards holding the 19.4 percent efficient solar cell in the UNSW lab

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has posted two world solar cell efficiency records in as many months raising the mark on a mass-produced, crystalline silicon solar cell to 19.4 percent.


Solar cell shakeout expected due to equipment spending decline

Solar cells close up

A "significant" solar cell manufacturer shakeout is expected from 2012 to 2014, due to a "collapse" in equipment spending.


India: 350 MW to be installed under Karnataka's new solar policy

Mountains in Karnataka, India

The south-western state of India, Karnataka, has released its new solar policy. Announced on July 1, it is targeting the installation of 350 megawatts (MW) of solar projects by 2016.


BIPV predicted to be worth $11 billion by 2016

BIPV Fraunhofer ISE DSSC module

New research from NanoMarkets forecasts that building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product revenues will exceed USD$11 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, installed BIPV capacity is set to increase to 3.6 gigawatts (GW).


US non-residential PV pipeline hits 17 GW

SolarTAC test facility Aurora, CO, man in yellow hard hat installing photovoltaic panels

There are currently 17 gigawatts (GW) worth of photovoltaic projects in the U.S. pipeline, according to new research.


Italian PV association calls for market certainty as investor confidence fails

Q-Cells photovolratic installation Italy

Investor concern among Italian and foreign photovoltaic operators is said to be running high after rumors emerged that the government would further cut incentives. Despite assurances to the contrary, GIFI says the industry is...


Mixed outlook for PV inverter market

Inverters being installed photovoltaic installation US

Due to oversupply in the photovoltaic market in 2010, the global inverter market is expected to decline by over 10 percent, to below $6 billion this year. The long-term outlook is, however, positive.


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".


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