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Financing secured for 100 MW of utility-scale PV in Argentina

The government of Jujuy Province has secured development bank financing for solar PV projects to be approved in an upcoming auction.

Global PV inventories reach record levels

General picture of photovoltaic panel

Industry analysts have reported that levels of unsold photovoltaic modules have reached record highs.

Roth & Rau expands Asian PV presence

Roth & Rau photovoltaic HQ

Roth & Rau has acquired a China-based production facility. The aim is to expand the company’s photovoltaic presence in Asia. The financial terms were not disclosed.

China Sunergy positive despite sequential declines

China Sunergy photovoltaic HQ

Despite an industry slowdown in the shipment of photovoltaic modules, China Sunergy has met its first quarter shipment guidance. And, while sequential declines were experienced, the company posted year-on-year profits. Inventory...

German Green Party anticipates deeper solar subsidy cuts

The ministerial draft bill on the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) amendment is currently awaiting departmental approval at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, as well as the German Federal Ministry of Finance. The...

PV Legal: Positive PV progress made in legal and administrative barriers

Phoenix Solar French photovoltaic solar installation

The results of PV Legal’s two year project have found that, overall, "real progress" has been made in removing both legal and administrative photovoltaic barriers. There are still a number of hurdles in place though.

Solar Millennium expands into PV

Solar Millennium parabolic trough technology

Solar thermal company Solar Millennium AG has announced it is expanding its business strategy to include photovoltaics and other solar technologies.

Work begins on 11 MWp German PV park

Image of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania’s capital Schwerin

IBC Solar has officially begun construction on an over 11 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaics park in the German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Scheduled for completion in August, it is expected to be one of the largest...

Hundreds protest against Australian solar tariff reductions

Sydney Customs House where people protested against the solar cuts

Angry solar panel owners in Australia have protested across the state of New South Wales today after the new coalition government decided to alter the funding for solar installations, including dropping the feed-in tariff from 60...

Portugal: Solar industry fears IMF’s decision

Portugal's 46 megawatt Amareleja/Moura photovoltaics park, which was completed in 2009

The Portuguese photovoltaics industry could be at risk, following the final report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Union (EU) on Portugal’s bailout, which recommended a...

Trina: Sequential declines seen, but YoY figures up; capacity expansion announced

Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar

Trina Solar Limited has seen its solar business decline in the first quarter of 2011. Year on year figures are, however, up. Looking ahead, the company will expand its in-house production capacity. It has also announced a 130...

Ecuador adopts FITs

Ecuador landscape

The electricity authority of Ecuador has adopted a system of feed-in tariffs for the development of renewable energy. The regulations cover both continental Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

PV module manufactures need more mutual cooperation and exchange

PV Experts first photovoltaic module workshop, held in Berlin, Germany

Smaller photovoltaic module manufacturers need to foster greater cooperation and exchange more information if they are to survive in the global marketplace. That was the outcome of a workshop held in Berlin, Germany yesterday.

SunPower revenues fall short of expectations

SunPower photovoltaics plant in Monalto, Italy

How do you say "It’s all your fault" in Italian? A waiting game that played out in Italy as the government revised its solar subsidies was mainly to blame for SunPower’s first-quarter net loss and generated sales that fell short...

Q-Cells suffers sizeable Q1 losses

Q-Cells solar photovoltaic cell sorting

Falling foul to stagnating quarter one photovoltaic module demand, Q-Cells has reported a "significant" year-on-year sales drop. In response, it has adjusted the production of its cells and modules, and abandoned its guidance....

True cost of nuclear examined in new study

German nuclear power plant

The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) has presented a study involving possible costs in the event that Germany abandons the use of nuclear energy.

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