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What impact will the WTO ruling have on the US solar industry?

Industry experts and leading U.S. solar companies do not expect any immediate or seismic fallout following the announcement that the WTO has upheld parts of China's counter-claim.


Romania adds 850 MW in past eight months despite incentive cuts

Romania 50 kW PV installation

The country is also increasingly working with Turkey on a number of ambitious energy projects, including a plans to build 1 GW of capacity and a 450-kilometer-long submarine electricity line connecting the two countries.


German equipment manufacturers expect sales increase of more than 25%

Stringer system, Teamtechnik

Germany's PV equipment and plant manufacturers are cautiously optimistic and expecting a 25 percent increase in revenue this year despite lacking a plan to ensure their competitiveness in the medium term.


First Solar radiates confidence as stock price rises 20%

First Solar module.

Monthly stock report shows impressive uptick for the Arizona company, while SunPower continues to create a buzz.


China, Japan shore up global market as Europe declines

The rapid expansion of the solar market in China and Japan is off-setting the decline across Europe, according to analysts IHS.


Manz posts record revenues despite sector contraction

Dieter Manz, CEO of Manz

The German plant manufacturer posts €266.2 million revenues for 2013, driven by growth in the display and semiconductor sectors. CEO calls for active industry PV policy in Germany.


Renewable energy milestones reported in UK and California

Californian utility PG&E sourced 22.5% of its power from renewable sources in 2013, while the average U.K. share hit a record 13.8%.


SMA suffers 36% sales drop in 2013

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

Despite retaining its position as the world's leading inverter company with 5.4 GW sold, SMA suffered a sales horror-show last year in the wake of European PV contraction.


Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.


Hanergy Solar posts 57% profit increase in 2013

Hanergy HQ, China.

The Chinese solar company enjoyed a net profit of $266.7 million last year, boosted by an increase in delivery of turnkey lines.


100 GW annual PV deployment by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz forecast graph

The global PV industry will add 100 GW of capacity a year by 2018 say the analysts, with c-Si technology set to dominate the landscape.


Solar spending could reach $3.8bn in 2014, says IHS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The analysts expect global expenditure on solar PV to increase by 45% on last year, with Latin America leading the way on manufacturing growth.


Analysts expect $58m loss for SMA

The SMA Solar Academy building.

The overcapacity and price falls that dogged manufacturers are expected to have finally fed through into this year's results for German inverter maker SMA Solar. The figures will be confirmed on Thursday.


SolarCon China closes on high note

SolarCon 2014, PV FAB Managers Forum

The three-day Shanghai conference and exhibition showcased a booming domestic PV market and a recovering manufacturing industry while focusing on the country's increasingly significant downstream sector.


Japan proposes new FITs, unveils lithium-ion battery subsidies

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese government is expected to approve recommendations to slightly reduce PV FIT levels while introducing a new subsidy program for battery storage systems.


Wacker strikes polysilicon deal with Chinese government

Wacker polysilicon

The amicable solution reached with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce ensures Wacker's minimum import prices are based on market levels. MOFCOM will refrain from applying punitive tariffs.


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