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Argentina to auction 1 GW of renewable energy

Definitive conditions will be announced in June and the solicitation will be held in September. The auction is intended to produce prices under US$100/MWh and investments of US$2 billion. The government is in negotiations with...

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.

Australian federal budget "disappointing" for solar

Canberra Parliament house, Australia

The Australian Federal Budget was handed down in the capital Canberra today providing mixed news for the photovoltaic industry as the government aims to implement over AUD$20 billion (€15 billion) in cuts to return to a surplus.

UK: CCC's "blinkered" PV view criticized

UK flag

The UK Committee on Climate Change's (CCC's) new renewable energy report has met with dissatisfaction by photovoltaic industry stakeholders. A key criticism is related to pricing discrepancies. However, there is big potential in...

1.56 MW PV system completed at Cincinnati Zoo

Melink Corp 1.56 photovoltaics canopy system Cincinnati Zoo with SolarWorld solar panels

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is enjoying a newly installed 1.56 megawatt photovoltaics system. It is said to be the largest publicly accessible solar array in an urban setting.

Germany: Röttgen aims to reform EEG

Norbert Röttgen

The German Federal Minister for the Environment aims to introduce an optional market bonus for renewable energies. Now he has submitted a corresponding benchmark paper that also contains sweeping changes for solar energy...

Italy’s fourth Conto Energia signed; strong growth predicted

Italian photovoltaic plant

Italy’s fourth Conto Energia has finally been signed into law. While this is good news, analysts believe the delay has been "extremely disruptive". The 200 kilowatt ground-mounted market has also taken a blow. Nevertheless, 3.5...

Australian Government tapers off solar subsidies

Australia solar photovoltaic panel

The Australian Federal Government will start the process of reigning in its generous subsidies for home solar electric panels in light of strong growth in the industry and rising electricity prices.

Italy approves draft solar regulation

ae photonics PV plant

According to a report in Reuters, Italy’s Government has finally approved its draft solar regulation at a cabinet meeting held today.

Italy FIT farce could spill into next week

Italian flag

Speaking to industry representatives at Italy’s Solar Expo in Verona, confidence seems to be battered. While analysts had reported that the fourth Conto Energia would be signed today, media reports state that it will only be...

First Solar sees flat first quarter

First Solar US Ohio Manufacturing photovoltaics solar module plant

First Solar executives didn’t have much good news to discuss on Tuesday when the company announced flat first-quarter sales and lowered earnings. Cuts in government subsidies in key European countries have squeezed solar panel...

Centrosolar establishes PV AR coating line in China

Centrosolar solar cell

Centrosolar Group AG has commissioned its first Asian anti-reflective (AR) coating line in Huzhou, China.

Italy: Signing of new Conto Energia delayed by bickering

ae photonics Italian photovoltaic installation

Italy’s fourth Conto Energia should be done and dusted. However, testing the photovoltaic industry’s already ragged nerves, it has emerged that bickering between Ministers has delayed the signing of the new decree. The final...

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