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ReneSola Q1 financials reveal $18.5 million net loss

Solar cell development, ReneSola.

Chinese solar company continues transition toward downstream activity as Q1 net revenue shrinks by 15.9% year-over-year.

Singapore: HDB invests USD$2.3 million in solar PV panels

PV installation in Singapore

Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) has invested around USD$2.3 million in solar photovoltaics (PV) panels. This, says the board, is the country's single largest solar panel procurement to date.

Asia-Pacific PV markets forecast to grow 85 percent this year

PV panels on a rooftop in Japan, Osaka

Asia-Pacific photovoltaics (PV) markets are poised to make a significant contribution to global PV market growth this year, according to the Solarbuzz Asia and Pacific Major PV Markets 2010 report, following improvements in the...

Germany's parliament approves solar cut compromise

Germany's upper house of parliament has agreed to a compromise proposal to reduce the cuts for solar power incentives. The law can now enter into force.

German lower house agrees on solar cuts compromise


Germany's lower house of parliament has agreed to a compromise proposal for a slight reduction in cuts to solar power incentives over a three-month transition period, reports Reuters.

PV capacity to “fall considerably” in 2011 warns new report

PV panels in solar park

Changes in incentive schemes and new regulations could see the total capacity of photovoltaics (PV) installations “fall considerably” in 2011, meaning new markets would have to pick up the shortfall. The news comes as IMS...

Yingli announces initial production of 400 MW capacity expansions

Liansheng Miao

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced the initial production of its latest 400 megawatt (MW) capacity expansions.

Exclusive: Spain must have better FIT laws to remain competitive

Barcelona kindergarten

The Spanish government must put more reasonable photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariff (FIT) laws in place and allow all parties adequate access to the power grid if it is to remain competitive, an industry expert has told pv magazine.

German mediation committee proposes PV cuts compromise

Bundesrat, the German Parliament

German photovoltaic feed-in tariff cuts should be slightly reduced and implemented in two stages – including retroactively – according to a recommendation issued by the parliamentary mediation committee between the German...

USD$1.85 billion boost for US solar industry

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has announced that USD$1.85 billion in conditional commitments will be made available in the form of loan guarantees to two U.S. solar companies. As a result, one of the world’s biggest solar plants is...

Indian Government unveils new guidelines for off-grid solar PV

Indian off-grid system

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has unveiled new guidelines for off-grid and decentralized solar applications, which are to be achieved as a part of the National Solar Mission. Rooftop and other small solar power...

China's Yingli to triple solar panel capacity

Yingli solar panels in Portugal.

Chinese solar power system manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. aims to triple solar panel production capacity in the next three years to three gigawatts a year at a total cost of roughly 200 billion yen (around USD$2.2...

One of world’s largest solar power plants to be built in Thailand

A rendering of Sharp's 73 megawatt Thailand solar power plant

The Sharp Corporation has signed an agreement with Thai power producer NED to establish one of the world’s largest solar power generation plants, with a power generation capacity of 73 megawatts (MW). Construction is due to start...

Weakening euro a threat to Chinese manufacturers

Image of Euro bank notes

If the euro reaches parity with the dollar, the cost competitiveness of Chinese photovoltaics (PV) manufacturers will “significantly erode”, says a new report by the Goldman Sachs European Clean Energy team.

Global PV installations to hit 17 GW by next year

Siemens PV panels

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are predicted to reach 13 gigawatts (GW) this year; that number will increase to 17 GW by 2011 according to a new report. It also states that Germany is expected to maintain its...

Solar energy costs to achieve grid parity by 2013, says new report

PV panels

Solar costs in many markets will reach grid parity by 2013, according to a new report. It also predicts that demand for solar will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24 percent.

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