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Aleo Solar to be sold, dissolved and renamed

Aleo Solar factory.

The troubled German solar company announced today the results of yesterday's extraordinary AGM meeting, revealing it will trade as AS Abwicklung und Solar-Service AG from April 30.

Advanced Energy buys AEG control module business

AEG solar application.

The U.S.-based power conversion firm will contract AEG Power Solutions GmbH to manufacture modules at its factory in Germany.

Wacker, OCI benefiting from China's polysilicon duties

Wacker polysilicon chip inspection.

The German and Korean polysilicon manufacturers are enjoying strong business turnover in the wake of China's anti-dumping duties, says Bernreuter Research.

Chinese modules with Taiwanese cells still Chinese

European Commission

The European Commission says a clarification of rules of origin tightens import regulations for Chinese modules, preventing manufacturers from selling goods from third countries.

Utility-scale US solar capacity grew 43% in 2013

Rothenbach Solar Park, U.S.

A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reveals that 2.9 GW of utility-scale solar capacity was added in the U.S. last year.

Philippines increasingly embracing renewable energy

Bill Clinton, Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress 2014

Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress: Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines are driving investment in green energy by reducing imported fossil fuel dependency and increasingly adopting renewable sources.

China, US pledge to remove green goods tariffs

Karel de Gucht.

A promise to remove trade barriers on solar goods by politicians at Davos is a world away from the latest solar trade war between the power blocs which erupted overnight.

France, Germany forging PV alliance

Francois Hollande, Bastille Day

French President Francois Hollande supports plans to build a giant PV module plant with an initial annual production capacity of 1 GW and which could expand up to 5 GW.

Capital Stage, Belectric welcome German energy minister's proposals

Berlin skyline

For Germany's big renewable energy players, clarity is of the utmost importance. For Belectric, the introduction of a tender system for ground-mounted PV plants can’t come soon enough.

SMA: Back to profitability

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

After a lossmaking 2013, SMA is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The world inverter market leader expects to close the year with an operating profit and a sales increase of up to 45%.

Yingli claims No. 1 spot as leading module supplier, again

Yingli PV panel production

The Chinese company boasted the biggest market share in China and Germany and came in second in the United States, close behind First Solar.

China responds with polysilicon duties

The flag of China.

China has imposed permanent duties on U.S. and South Korean polysilicon. The decision comes within hours of the U.S. Department of Commerce's announcement about duties on Chinese solar products.

Global investment in clean energy falls 12%, despite 20% increase for solar

A solar farm in Spain.

Findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveal a 41% slump in investment across Europe, while Japan's solar-fuelled clean energy landscape saw a 55% surge in investment.

Bright new dawn for UK solar industry

Solar installation in England.

As new figures suggest that half a million FIT-driven solar schemes are now installed in the U.K., encouraging news is emerging that suggests Britons' solar appetite is stronger than ever.

Barroso calls for end to binding EU renewables target

European Commission

In what may lead to a confrontation between Germany and the EU, the European Commission president is seeking to end binding green energy targets -- something Germany demands.

Conergy launches $100 million solar fund for US market

Conergy solar plant, U.S.

The solar energy company's new financing program is aimed at the construction of large-scale projects totaling 50 MW and is seen as a model for other growth markets.

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