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D.E. Shaw, Madison Dearborn agree not to block the sale of SunEdison assets

The agreement removes a key hurdle to the carving up of SunEdison’s empire.


US: 371 MW solar rooftop project underway

Hickham airforce base, Honolulu, Hawaii

What has been described as the U.S.’ largest residential solar rooftop program is underway. The aim is to install 371 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics on military residences and military bases across 33 states.


Brazil garnering EU PVSEC’s attention

Electricity lines in Brazil

At the 26th EU PVSEC, among the leading photovoltaic technology developers, quieter Halls A and C, and some questionable marketing campaigns (more to come on those later), was one country garnering attention, without even being...


EU PVSEC: Einstein winner takes political stance

Frank Asbeck in animated discussion.

Accepting his award from SolarWorld’s Frank Asbeck at last night’s Einstein Award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, Bertrand Piccard compared the fight for integrating clean tech into mainstream energy usage with that of persuading...


26th EU PVSEC: What will happen next?

A picture taken from a height of the big screens and stages at the EUPVSEC conference.

Accelerated consolidation and increased competition among photovoltaic producers are two key themes set to characterize 2012’s solar industry. Meanwhile, the "easy phase" of making money is said to be over.


EU PVSEC: Details emerge for proposed 10 GW "Project Helios"

A Conergy photovoltaic plant in Greece.

With plenty of sun and not much liquidity, Greece has been forced to be creative as to how to get its economy going and create jobs. One plan to do so has become clear at the European photovoltaic conference in Hamburg today, in...


EPIA: Photovoltaics "fully competitive" by 2020

A graph showing falling pv costs.

An analysis of major European electricity markets by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association has revealed that electricity produced by photovoltaics will be competitive with conventional sources by 2020. The report,...


DOE grants USD$145 million for development of solar technologies

Suntech solar photovoltaic cell on the production line

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made over USD$145 million available to 69 solar projects across the country. The goal is to position the U.S. as an industry leader.


Global solar market to reach $75.2 billion by 2016

Close up of Photon Energy's solar photovoltaic panels

New solar technology like concentrated solar power (CSP) and the opening of new markets are tipped to become a strong growth engine for solar moving forward, according to a new report looking at how the industry will develop...


Jobs axed as Colexon announces office closures

Colexon 2008 solar photovoltaic Installation

Another casualty of the weak market conditions seen in the first half of the year, Germany-based Colexon has announced it will "hone" its business model. Specifically, it will "considerably" downsize its operations and make...


Ubbink opens East African PV module factory

View over Kenya's Nairobi at night

Centrotec Sustainable AG’s Dutch subsidiary, Ubbink B.V. has opened a photovoltaic module manufacturing factory in Nairobi, Kenya. It is said to be the first such facility in East Africa.


More than half world’s power to come from solar in 50 years

A photovoltaic arrag in Europe.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has been reported by Bloomberg as saying that the majority of the world’s power will be produced by solar by 2060. What’s more, photovoltaic and solar-thermal plants may meet half of all...


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Germany: PV generation overtakes hydropower for the first time

Photovoltaic panel in Germany with electricity lines next to it

In the first half of 2011, renewable energy broke a new record, having met more than 20 percent of Germany’s electricity demand. Also for the first time, photovoltaic generation overtook hydropower.


8minutenergy and Gestamp release project details for 355 MW pipeline

Chocolate Mountains 50 MW solar farm

Last week, 8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar announced their intention to install 355 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics in California. They have now provided pv magazine with the project specifics.


Conergy sues 4 former board members

Conergy HQ building at night

The dust apparently refuses to settle at the Hamburg-based photovoltaic company. Conergy has now decided to sue four of its former members of the board for violations as established under the German Stock Corporation Law.


SpectraWatt files for bankruptcy just months after laying off workers

Intel headquarters

According to various media reports, solar cell manufacturer SpectraWatt Inc. has filed for bankruptcy. The news comes just months after the company laid off over 100 employees.


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