As expected, the EU has effectively announced the summer trade deal will be used as a panacea for its subsidy and dumping investigations. EU manufacturers are sure to be disappointed by the announcement.
Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity.
Chinese manufacturers Trina Solar and Yingli Green Energy are both reported to be considering a partial or complete acquisition of the debt-stricken Suntech. Analysts say the move is not to be unexpected.
Downstream figures from IHS Solar, released on Monday, reveal that thin film giant First Solar is set to install around 1.1 GW of solar installations this year.
The Kostanz based solar manufacturer has agreed to settle two long term wafer supply deals with a one-off payment and has rescheduled its bank debts. Sunways now expects to exit insolvency.
A new report examining renewable energy in the MENA region finds that "PV is experiencing rapid growth due to its tremendous potential and continuously decreasing technology costs," with a current pipeline of 2.3 GW.
First Solar has gained major ground in thin film technology development following its deal with GE and also acquired a pipeline of solar projects in the U.S. and Mexico from Element Power despite a drop in second-quarter revenue.
Chinese solar giant JA Solar has secured $90 million credit line from the Bank of Communications of China. The state-backed loan, aimed at encouraging solar, was offered two days ahead of the EU anti-subsidy decision.
The publication of the EU acceptance of Chinese undertakings on minimum prices for solar products was predictably light on detail. The list of participating manufacturers in the trade agreement is more or less comprehensive.
EU member states voted to accept the EU-China trade deal announced by commissioner Karel de Gucht last weekend. An EU press spokesman said no member state had voted against the agreement.
The U.S.' second biggest solar manufacturer returned to profitability in the second quarter. Operating at full capacity, the company is weighing a fab expansion to meet growing global demand, particularly from Japan.
Allegations from AFASE and affiliated anti-tariff solar companies that the European Commission used biased information in mounting their anti-dumping case against China have not led to an inquiry, say EC officials.
Solar stocks have been riding high and the recent deal between the EU and China has further bolstered a recovering sector, but analysts warn that a bull market, spurred by speculation, can be a fragile thing.
The anti-tariff AFASE lobby group is calling on EU member states to reject the deal while EU ProSun is reportedly drawing up court papers. Commissioner De Gucht has yet to confirm details of the agreement.
Industry trade group SEPA examines the politics and practicality of net energy metering and finds that utilities are increasingly interested distributed generation agreements and helping to maximize the value of solar.
Solar generation is on the rise in the U.S. and Arizona has become the leading state in terms of solar capacity per capita, but it now appears to be reversing course.
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