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Re-inventing O&M: monitoring alone is not enough

The IMM Sunsniffer

AEG introduces Individual Module Monitoring (IMM) to the global PV market, in what it claims will re-invent how PV power plants are monitored and faulty components replaced.

APVA reports on Australian solar industry's record-breaking year

Solar panels in Australia

The Australian Photovoltaic Association’s (APVA) report on the state of the market in 2010 has been released, with the country’s record year in numbers matched by progress in research and development.

UK: Solar Trade Association challenges government in new report

A picture of a UK household with solar panels on near-by structure.

Industry body takes the fight for a solar UK to government, claiming 360,000 jobs can be created by 2020.

T-Solar forms partnership to move into Indian PV market

Solar panels installed in India.

Spanish solar power producer and installer T-Solar has announced a partnership with India’s Astonfield Renewables to build five MW solar plant.

German PV manufacturers look to Asian markets

Manufacturing process in China for photovoltaic modules.

Photovoltaic industry forecasts have indicated that German manufacturers must look to markets outside of Europe for future growth as industry data suggests a strong Asian focus.

Germany’s new EEG draft contains extra solar subsidy cuts

German flag

Next Monday, June 6, the Cabinet of the German federal government is to decide upon an additional cut in photovoltaic feed-in tariffs of six percent, to be introduced as of March 1, 2012.

Germany’s PV future discussed

Conergy photovoltaic park, Germany

Leading photovoltaic managers met at the 2nd German Solarforum, held in Berlin on Monday May 31, to discuss the future of Germany’s solar industry.

Solar to become mainstream, but will experience growing pains

Phoenix Solar photovoltaic module close up

A new report has found that the Fukushima nuclear disaster will help to push solar energy into the mainstream, but that demand is currently not growing as fast as production. Furthermore, regulatory stability is needed in order...

Germany: Nuclear to be abolished; deeper PV cuts under consideration

German photovoltaic solar park by Conergy

In a positive move, The German cabinet has today announced it will close all of Germany’s nuclear power plants. But, casting a shadow over the news, for some at least, it has been said that some governmental factions are looking...

More solar "critical" for Asia’s future growth

Photo of Asian village with solar panels installed.

Asian Development Bank says expansion in solar energy generation is crucial if the region is to continue to grow economically, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan's "nuclear village" looks into renewable energy alternatives including solar

Tokyo skyline photo.

In a changed energy policy environment, Japan's major power producers move towards a renewable future with solar at its heart.

Global PV manufacturing experiencing healthy growth

Container ship at US port unloading containers from Asia.

SEMI PV Group and the German Engineering Federation's (VDMA) research into the global photovoltaic manufacturing industry has found that the industry’s book-to-bill ratio stands at 1:13, indicating it is still in expansion mode.

India’s solar potential remains untapped, but the future's bright

Picture of photovoltaic domestic installation in India.

A recent KPMG report finds that the Indian economy faces increasing challenges in terms of energy policy, and that the seeds have been sown for a rapid and scalable solar sector "in the very near future".

The search for ways against a fabless Europe

EU flags in a line outside a building

How can photovoltaic production be maintained in Europe in light of stiff Asian competition? There is no patent remedy. This became clear at the 5th SEMI Brussels Forum, which ended yesterday.

Suntech revises guidance after first quarter declines

Suntech - photovoltaic module manufacturer - Wuxi HQ in China

Having predicted a buoyant 2011 at the end of last year, Suntech has had to revise its full year revenue and consolidated gross margin guidance after experiencing both sequential financial and shipment declines. And, while...

REC scales back PV production; announces lay-offs

REC is intending to halt production at its solar cell plant in Narvik, Norway (pictured)

The Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) has said it will scale back its photovoltaic production activities due to weak market demand. Around 500 employees are expected to be affected.

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