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SunEdison malaise result of Vivint wrongdoing and "overly optimistic" culture, finds audit

SunEdison worker.

Findings of investigation by audit committee and independent directors attribute blame for failed Vivint Solar acquisition on ex-employee; critical of SunEdison's optimistic financial reporting and uncontrolled cash forecasting...

Dates for new Italian FIT pushed back

Italy, Q-Cells photovoltaic solar  installation in Basilicata

According to reports, the Italian Government will not introduce its new photovoltaic feed-in tariffs until September 1. The definition of uncapped "small systems" has also reportedly been revised to one megawatt (MW).

Total looks to acquire majority stake in SunPower

Total is looking to acquire a 60 percent stake in SunPower. Image:

French oil and gas group Total has announced it will launch a friendly tender offer for a majority share in California-based solar company, SunPower. The two parties have also entered into a research and collaboration agreement.

Italy: Will the government go easy on cuts?

The Italian government may reconsider a reduction in planned cuts. Image: Conergy

The Italian regional governments will attempt to enforce less severe cuts than planned to the solar power incentives according to the head of the regional governments' congress Vasco Errani. Meanwhile, it remains uncertain if the...

Malaysia: Sophisticated FIT system adopted

Chief technical advisor Haris says that the legislation will be officially published in May and will likely go into effect in mid summer. Image: Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia

Joining several other Asian countries, Malaysia's parliament has approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy resources.

SEMI and CPIA release China PV Policy Roadmap

More government support is necessary for the photovoltaic industry in China to grow. Image: Suntech Power Holdings

The SEMI PV Group has announced the availability of "China's Solar Future - A Recommended China PV Policy Roadmap 2.0," a report containing specific recommendations for a Chinese photovoltaic policy roadmap.

Algeria: centrotherm and Kinetics Germany collaborate

centrotherm will provide the turnkey solutions necessary for the integrated plant in Algeria. Image: Flickr/Damouns (Damien Boilley)

centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany signed an agreement with the Algerian state utility Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) for the development of an almost fully integrated solar module factory in...

Australian PV industry demands answers

Australia solar panel

Australia’s solar industry is keenly awaiting a number of governmental decisions as problems over pricing and available funds threaten a rethink on the country’s current system of rebates.

US: Work begins on 30 MW PV project

Austin, Texas

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has closed financing and begun construction on a 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics project in Texas, the U.S. Subsidiary FRV AE Solar, LLC has also signed a 35 megawatt sales agreement with Trina...

Conergy to build 12.4 megawatt Thai solar park

Conergy Greek photovoltaic project

Conergy is gearing up to build a 12.4 megawatt solar park in Thailand's Nakhon Pathom province. It is the German company's third in the country in the last 12 months.

More delays for Italy

Italian flag

Anyone expecting a quick decision on Italy's draft decree will be sorely disappointed. The saga over solar incentives, which has been ongoing since February, took a new twist yesterday after it was reported that a key meeting has...

DOE study says PV can boost home premiums

Photovoltaics installed on residential house in California

According to new research issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), there is "strong evidence" to suggest that homes which incorporate photovoltaic systems attract higher premiums than those which don’t.

Meyer Burger's Roth & Rau acquisition a step closer to reality

Roth & Rau building

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has acquired a further 6.34 percent of the share capital of Roth & Rau AG. According to media reports, however, there could be opposition to the move.

Italy: Complicated tariff times ahead

The rooftop market looks like it will be safe from the changes but other segments look uncertain. Image: Obrist GmbH.

The Italian Government has released its solar regulation draft. Under it, support for rooftop systems remains strong. Large scale systems will be subject to an annual cap, the mechanism of which has been described as complicated....

Indian solar industry off to a successful 2011, but bankability issues exist

Idia photovoltaic installation

According to the latest Indian Solar Compass, India's solar industry has got off to a successful start this year, with a large number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) having been signed. However, bankability continues to be an...

Solar on storm water detention basins

Storm water detention basin, where Pro-Tech will install a photovoltaics system, at Peddie School in New Jersey

New Jersey-based Pro-Tech Energy Solutions is currently installing its first photovoltaics system on a storm water detention basin. In an interview with pv magazine, principal John Drexinger talks about the potential of this...

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