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Saudia Arabia: New energy minister slashes solar targets

Saudia Arabia project

After first pushing backs its renewable goals, Saudi Arabia looks to have vastly reduced plans for PV and CSP deployment. Reports coming out of the country today say that the Energy Minister has announced a reduction of its 2040...

Germany’s PV future discussed

Conergy photovoltaic park, Germany

Leading photovoltaic managers met at the 2nd German Solarforum, held in Berlin on Monday May 31, to discuss the future of Germany’s solar industry.

Solar to become mainstream, but will experience growing pains

Phoenix Solar photovoltaic module close up

A new report has found that the Fukushima nuclear disaster will help to push solar energy into the mainstream, but that demand is currently not growing as fast as production. Furthermore, regulatory stability is needed in order...

Germany: Nuclear to be abolished; deeper PV cuts under consideration

German photovoltaic solar park by Conergy

In a positive move, The German cabinet has today announced it will close all of Germany’s nuclear power plants. But, casting a shadow over the news, for some at least, it has been said that some governmental factions are looking...

More solar "critical" for Asia’s future growth

Photo of Asian village with solar panels installed.

Asian Development Bank says expansion in solar energy generation is crucial if the region is to continue to grow economically, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan's "nuclear village" looks into renewable energy alternatives including solar

Tokyo skyline photo.

In a changed energy policy environment, Japan's major power producers move towards a renewable future with solar at its heart.

Global PV manufacturing experiencing healthy growth

Container ship at US port unloading containers from Asia.

SEMI PV Group and the German Engineering Federation's (VDMA) research into the global photovoltaic manufacturing industry has found that the industry’s book-to-bill ratio stands at 1:13, indicating it is still in expansion mode.

India’s solar potential remains untapped, but the future's bright

Picture of photovoltaic domestic installation in India.

A recent KPMG report finds that the Indian economy faces increasing challenges in terms of energy policy, and that the seeds have been sown for a rapid and scalable solar sector "in the very near future".

The search for ways against a fabless Europe

EU flags in a line outside a building

How can photovoltaic production be maintained in Europe in light of stiff Asian competition? There is no patent remedy. This became clear at the 5th SEMI Brussels Forum, which ended yesterday.

Suntech revises guidance after first quarter declines

Suntech - photovoltaic module manufacturer - Wuxi HQ in China

Having predicted a buoyant 2011 at the end of last year, Suntech has had to revise its full year revenue and consolidated gross margin guidance after experiencing both sequential financial and shipment declines. And, while...

REC scales back PV production; announces lay-offs

REC is intending to halt production at its solar cell plant in Narvik, Norway (pictured)

The Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) has said it will scale back its photovoltaic production activities due to weak market demand. Around 500 employees are expected to be affected.

Australian solar installation inspection program launched amidst political row

An Australian flag.

A state-wide inspection campaign of solar panel installations has been launched in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) while a political row continues over the state government’s slashing of its feed-in tariff (FIT)...

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...

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