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Indian industry heads talk solar finance at REI

India cleared its first solar hurdle - creating interest, movement and tangible installation progress - but is now coming upon the second, third and fourth hurdles.

Leading figures in the Indian solar landscape debated at REI the funding and growth challenges facing the country's market, need for continued foreign capital evident.

First Solar invests in Mexican tellurium mine

Tellurium upclose

The U.S.-company has reportedly invested in a Mexican mine, with the aim of producing its own tellurium. Through its investment, First Solar is working to reduce the risk of rising raw material prices and possible shortages, the...

Spain: Demand for stable legal framework for solar market

Crowd shot at Conferencia de la Industria solar - España 2011

The Spanish solar market remains interesting, but there is need for a stable legal framework. This was the conclusion drawn at "Conferencia de la Industria Solar - España 2011", which drew to a close on Friday, October 14 in...

California: Cupertino and Q-Cells to install PV for PG&E

20 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Helm, California

Cupertino Electric, Inc. will install another 20 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system in California, the U.S. for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Meanwhile, Q-Cells will build a total of 30 MW for the utility.

Conergy signs 5 MW of large projects in the US

Some installers in hi-visibility vests working on a solar array in the sun.

Full-system manufacturer and integrator Conergy, has announced at the Solar Power International trade show that is has signed agreements to install five megawatts (MW) of large photovoltaic projects in the U.S.

PV equipment spending set to halve in 2012

A piece of robotic equipment.

The Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report has found that global photovoltaic equipment spending is projected to fall by more than 45 percent in 2012. This is on the back of historic peaks in 2011, or USD$13.1 billion.

Germany: EEG levy only €0.062 higher for 2012

Solar photovoltaic park in Germany

In Germany, the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) levy will increase next year to 3.592 euro cents per kilowatt hour. Further expansion of renewables is not the reason for the increase; the cause is in fact a new "liquidity buffer"....

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Solar demand remains weak; silicon market set for a fall


According to Jefferies, the silicon market is expected to suffer due to the continuing weak solar conditions. Specifically, it says that polysilicon company Wacker Chemie, which has "become a solar company", has "no choice" but...

US solar industry fights for Section 1603 subsidy extension

Rhone Resch, SEIA

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) this week urged the U.S. Congress to approve another one-year extension of the Section 1603 Treasury program, citing a newly released study, which found that a longer program would...

Solar cell manufacturer Arise Germany announces insolvency

Arise Germany's solar cells

Arise Technologies Deutschland GmbH (Arise Germany) has entered structured insolvency. Failure to secure adequate financing for the development of its solar plans was cited as the primary reason.

Phoenix Solar halves revenue and earnings outlook

First Solar modules on a Malay building.

In what may be a sign of things to come, photovoltaic system integrator Phoenix Solar has dramatically revised down its revenue and earnings outlook for 2011.

Indian PV market funding, project and installed capacity update

India photovoltaic plant

Mercom Capital Group provides an update on the Indian solar market, including the funding status of current photovoltaic projects, accumulated capacity, and the country's proposed pipeline.

US: SunShot director talks technology, funding and Chinese competition

US residential rooftop solar photovoltaics

In an exclusive interview, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) SunShot initiative talks to pv magazine about the program, in addition to solar funding in the U.S., future technological...

Ontario Liberal’s victory supports solar

The Ontario flag.

In a victory that can be interpreted as a positive sign for photovoltaics in north-America, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal party has claimed victory in yesterday’s Ontario elections.

PV Taiwan: Strategies, cost structures and the way forward

A group inspecting solar panels at a convetion.

While this year's PV Taiwan has attracted a predominantly Asian audience, the issues addressed have been very much global in nature.

Solar Decathlon finale becomes a ‘waterShed’ event

A group of students raise their hands in the air and cheer in a triumphant manner, with a flag.

Continual rain only “whetted” the competitive appetite of the 4,000 students from 19 colleges across four continents who participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., from September 23...

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