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China triples H1 solar installations to 20 GW

Chinese scene.

Data from state news agency Xinhua suggests that China has added 20 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first half of 2016, three times more than same period last year.

29. August 2011 | | Comment now

Germany: PV generation overtakes hydropower for the first time

Photovoltaic panel in Germany with electricity lines next to it

In the first half of 2011, renewable energy broke a new record, having met more than 20 percent of Germany’s electricity demand. Also for the first time, photovoltaic generation overtook hydropower.

8minutenergy and Gestamp release project details for 355 MW pipeline

Chocolate Mountains 50 MW solar farm

Last week, 8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar announced their intention to install 355 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics in California. They have now provided pv magazine with the project specifics.

Conergy sues 4 former board members

Conergy HQ building at night

The dust apparently refuses to settle at the Hamburg-based photovoltaic company. Conergy has now decided to sue four of its former members of the board for violations as established under the German Stock Corporation Law.

SpectraWatt files for bankruptcy just months after laying off workers

Intel headquarters

According to various media reports, solar cell manufacturer SpectraWatt Inc. has filed for bankruptcy. The news comes just months after the company laid off over 100 employees.

Falling prices hit inverter supplier revenues

A graph showing price declines.

Industry analysts IMS Research has released its quarterly PV Inverter Supply and Demand report, which shows that, while shipment volumes have increased markedly over the year, falling prices have resulted in decreased revenues...

REC extends PV production shutdown

REC's Herøya photovoltaic wafer production plant

REC has extended its photovoltaic production shutdown in Norway until the end of the year.

Japan’s renewable legislation PM Kan’s last act

Japanese Prime Minister Kan speaking at OPEC 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Democratic Party Prime Minister Naoto Kan has informed his cabinet that he will step down however it appears as if his final act in power will be to see renewable energy legislation signed into law.

24. August 2011 | | Comment now

US: Solar proves fertile ground for fast growing companies

A house in America with a solar array.

In a demonstration of photovoltaics’ rapid expansion in the U.S., entrepreneurial and business magazine Inc. has named a number of solar companies in its list of the country’s fastest growing businesses. The 2011 Inc. 500|500 was...

Conergy denies rumors of production line closures in Frankfurt Oder

A conergy solar cell glows blue in the manufacturing process.

Following rumors that Germany-based Conergy is looking to reduce its Frankfurt, Oder manufacturing operations and close down certain production lines, a works council called a meeting to inform the employees about the situation.

US: 8minutenergy and Gestamp given go-ahead to develop 335 MW of PV

Chocolate Mountain 50MW solar PV park, California

8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar have signed a Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with California’s Imperial Irrigation District (IID), under which they will develop 335 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic...

Poland: First 1 MW PV plant online soon

Polish flag

Construction work on Poland’s first megawatt photovoltaic power plant is drawing to a close.

First Solar dedicates Arizona factory; appoints GM

First Solar CEO Rob Gillette and Mesa, Ariz., Vice Mayor Scott Somers unveil a ceremonial marker commemorating construction progress for the company's new factory, while Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, looks on.

First Solar has dedicated the site at which its approximately 250 megawatt (MW) thin film photovoltaic module plant will operate, when complete in 2012. Todd Spangler was unveiled as general manager and site director.

US: 2 MW project for low-income families

A street, photo taken from the air, showing many solar panels on roofs.

In what is believed to be the country’s largest publicly funded photovoltaic installation for affordable housing, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HACSB) has installed residential solar systems for 863...

Interview: Suntech founder outlines PV strategy going forward

Zhengrong Shi, Suntech founder and CEO

Hitherto focused on Europe, which accounted for 66 percent of its revenue in 2010, Suntech Power is diversifying its strategy, betting big on the U.S., Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. In an exclusive interview,...

Italy: GSE adjusts PV subsidy register again

Italy solar photovoltaic installation

The Italian network authority, GSE, has published an updated list of the photovoltaic systems that will receive subsidies this year. Currently more than 2,700 projects are on the waiting list.

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