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One in three UK solar jobs lost in past 12 months, data shows

Solar park in England.

Since government-backed changes in policy were introduced, the U.K. solar industry has seen a third of its jobs disappear, with 30% of companies likely cut employment further over next 12 months.

Thames Water deal to install over 5 MW

A sewerage pipe being installed in London many years ago.

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) largest water and sewerage company, Thames Water, has signed a deal to become the biggest on-site photovoltaic producer and industrial user, in a deal with Ennoviga Solar. The deal will see...

Growing demand sees full-year forecasts increase to 22 GW

A list of the Top 10 PV countries.

The latest IMS Research photovoltaic 2011 forecast predicts installed capacity to increase by one gigawatt (GW) over previous estimates. Growing demand in Asia, the Americas and the German market driving demand.

China announces FIT

Great Wall of China

China has continued its march into the renewable energy and photovoltaic sector with a new feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, to compliment its already rapidly expanding module and equipment businesses. The Chinese National Development...

Off-grid PV solutions, without storage

A CPV array in Egypt.

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has developed an off-grid photovoltaic solution to maximize utility of power supply while minimizing the need for storage solutions.

South, East and over the Atlantic

A graph of the market breakdown in Asia.

A new downstream report by Solarbuzz indicates that as the European markets represent a smaller proportion of the worldwide photovoltaic market, U.S. and Asian markets will continue to grow. This growth will be so vigorous, the...

UK: PV countdown sees "large" parks pop-up

A Conergy photovoltaic power plant in the UK.

As the August 1st cutoff for Britain’s original feed-in tariff (FIT) rates looms, two five megawatt (MW) power plants have been completed in England’s "sunny" south west.

Smart PV inverter shipments to grow

A new report by IMS Research states that smart PV inverter shipments are predicted to grow to 27 GW in 2015, accounting for almost 60 percent of the market, asserting a positive outlook. This is compared to the 20% in 2010.

Q-Cells starts independant module production

German company Q-Cells has announced the launch of its independant production of the Q.PEAK modules at its company headquarters in Thalheim, Germany. The new production line has a capacity of 130 megawatts-peak.

Securing global competitiveness of German PV

Named the 'CIS Cluster Tool' project, work has started on the development of new manufacturing procedures for copper indium selenide (CIS) based thin films. The project aims to make a significant contribution towards securing the...

First Solar sells 10MW plant in Spain

First Solar Inc. has announced the sale of its 9.9 megawatt solar plant near Zamora, Spain to European Solar Power Fund, a renewable energy-focused fund for institutional investors managed by KGAL.

Bosch inaugurates new PV center

A Bosch solar cell.

German industrial group Bosch has continued its solar expansion by opening a new photovoltaic center in Arnstadt, Germany.

20MW Amherstburg solar park completed

A dedication ceremony was held at Amherstburg, Ontario by Capstone Infrastructure Corporation and SunPower to celebrate the completion of the 20MW solar park.

Rajasthan announces bid dates for projects under its solar policy

Rooftop solar installation in India.

On April 19 of this year, Rajasthan finalized its Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy 2011. It targets a minimum of 550 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar power in Phase 1 (up to 2013).

France’s biggest PV power plant one step closer

A view from a rural property in Curbans.

A 33 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant, in Curbans, France is one step closer to completion with Spanish mounting system manufacturer Grupo Clavijo finishing its stage of the installation.

IMS Research observes falling gross margins

A graph showing declining gross profits for module suppliers with increases projected in the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

The latest quarterly report into the photovoltaic industry, by IMS Research, shows falling module prices and big reductions in gross margins for module suppliers.

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