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Wacker opens US polysilicon production site in Tennessee

Wacker US plant, Charleston, Tennessee

At $2.5 billion, the new site is Wacker's largest single investment ever. The German chemcial giant is expecting muscular growth global PV capacity to spur demand for high-grade polysilicon.

PV: Shifting demand and falling financial incentives

First Solar 2.3MW rooftop photovoltaic installation in Perrysburg, Ohio

A new report has found that 2011 and 2012 will "remain challenging" for the photovoltaic industry. It also expects the market to flatten out during the period. Shifting demand and falling financial incentives are key issues.

UK: IMS believes government favoring nuclear over solar

380 kWp rooftop photovoltaics system

IMS Research has accused the UK Government of turning its back on solar. The company says reducing tariffs and limiting support to small-scale installations will create nothing more than a niche industry. It adds that the country...

Meyer Burger sets its sights on Roth & Rau

Meyer Burger Technology AG has acquired an 11.3 percent stake in Roth & Rau AG, and has announced a voluntary public takeover offer of €22 for each remaining share held by public shareholders.

Roth & Rau suffers earnings loss; believes turnkey is in decline

Roth & Rau, a photovoltaic company, HQ

Roth & Rau AG has suffered the first ever earnings loss in its 20-year history, despite increasing sales during the 2010 financial year by 44.2 percent. Looking ahead, the company predicts modest sales increases. Meanwhile, it...

GE to build 400 MW thin film factory; sets new CdTe record

GE HQ photovoltaics thin film story

In what has been a busy day for the company, GE has said it will build a new 400 megawatt thin film photovoltaic panel factory in the U.S. It has also achieved 12.8 percent efficiency on a full-size, thin film solar panel, and...

SolarWorld tops SVTC solar scorecard rankings

SolarWorld photovoltaic module finished

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has published its 2011 Solar Company Scorecard. SolarWorld has come out on top, with Trina Solar following close behind. A number of other leading companies, however, failed to...

Google invests in German solar

Google, Capital Stage photovoltaic plant, Brandenburg, Germany

Google has invested in a 18.65 megawatt photovoltaic power plant near Berlin, Germany.

Focus on India’s solar policy framework

India photovoltaics installation

After the launch of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the world’s solar markets have been closely monitoring its progress. Particular interest is focused on the program’s movement from the policy stage into...

Weak inverter demand expected

PV inverter market revenue and pricing change by quarter.

Photovoltaic inverter demand is expected to be "very weak" in the first two quarters of this year, according to IMS Research’s latest market investigation. Germany’s dominance in the sector is also diminishing.

Solar’s best ever year

Global PV concensus forecast

The first installment of pv magazine’s exclusive quarterly global photovoltaic updates, delivered by Mercom Capital Group, looks both at the impact of Japan’s nuclear disaster and analyzes why 2010 was solar’s best year.

Australia: New government promises push to solar

Sun rise in New South Wales, Australia

The Liberal/National Party Coalition swept to power in elections in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) last weekend delivering the biggest defeat in Australian electoral history and some interesting developments for...

Suntech responds to SolarWorld threat

Siemens PV panels

Competition in the PV sector is getting tougher, and companies are getting nervous. Suntech has reacted calmly to reported attacks from German competitor SolarWorld.

Spain stops subsidies for 350 solar plants

Spanish flag

Spain’s national energy commission, CNE has suspended solar subsidies for 350 installations, after finding that that they were not generating electricity when they claimed to be.

Global solar shares boosted by Germany’s first Green win

Solar panels

Solar stocks around the world have risen after Winfried Kretschmann became the first regional Green Party president in German history. In an interview with pv magazine Wolfgang Seeliger speaks about the country’s political...

India: Plans for 40 MW solar plant underway

Image of Ahmadabad in India's Gujarat state

PLG Power is in the process of establishing a 40 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in India’s Gujarat state. It is expected to be completed by the end of the next financial year.

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