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Pilot production begins on Daqo's $150 million ramped up polysilicon capacity

Pilot production has begun on Daqo New Energy's newly added 6,000 MT polysilicon capacity in China. The aim is to increase this to 12,150 MT. The company has said it will achieve polysilicon production costs of US$12/kg "in the...


Leading German solar players call for end to minimum price

German flag, dark skies

Wacker, Baywa r.e. and MVV, three major German companies in the energy sector, have called for an end to the minimum price regime applied to Chinese modules. The companies claim the minimum price regulation is standing in the way...


Intersolar Europe: SolarWorld exits SolarPower Europe trade body

The SolarWorld booth at Intersolar Europe was abuzz today with talk of the company's exit from SolarPower Europe.

The industry body formerly known as EPIA had irked the German solar company with its opposition to EU trade duties, something SolarWorld had long lobbied for.


Eu Prosun calls for PV MIP investigation to be extended following solar companies' breach

Canadian Solar, ET Solar and ReneSola are no longer exempt from punitive trade duties, having breached the terms under the minimum price agreement framework, which had negated their tariff exemptions. EU Prosun has said they are...


ReneSola Q1 financials reveal $18.5 million net loss

Solar cell development, ReneSola.

Chinese solar company continues transition toward downstream activity as Q1 net revenue shrinks by 15.9% year-over-year.


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Solar installation, Malaysia.

Second tier solar markets took center stage this week, with India, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil each turning heads with their PV development plans and announcements, as leading markets wobbled.


EU to extend solar trade investigation to Malaysia, Taiwan

EU flags.

The European Commission (EC) has initiated an investigation into solar imports into the EU to products exported by Chinese suppliers, from Malaysia and Taiwan. The investigation was requested by SolarWorld, in an application...


EPIA rebrands as SolarPower Europe

EPIA's rebranding received the full backing of its members.

Full member backing for name change from European Photovoltaic Industry Association to SolarPower Europe to reflect expanding "scope of organization".


Trina to build major new production facility in Thailand

Trina Solar cell operations

Trina Solar has announced its intention to construct a 700 MW cell and 500 MW module production facility in Thailand. Trina will invest US$160m on the factory building and tooling, with production at the site set to commence in...


EU to review China solar minimum price agreement

EU ProSun's Milan Nitzschke has been critical of Chinese practices in the European solar market.

Decision by European Commission to probe minimum import price on Chinese solar panels could force renewal of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties.


Chinese PV imports again in SolarWorld's crosshairs

Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

The German-U.S. PV manufacturer is continuing its crusade against Chinese rivals, calling for an investigation into alleged circumvention of import duties and an extension of the EU's minimum price undertaking. The news follows...


EU Prosun blasts EPIA, plans new steps in PV trade dispute

EU ProSun President Miland Nitzschke

The SolarWorld-backed organization will announce on Wednesday further measures ahead of the expiration of the European Union's minimum import price and volume policy for Chinese solar PV manufacturers. EU ProSun President Milan...


Shungfeng CEO applauds EPIA minimum price stance

Eric Luo, Shunfeng CEO

Eric Luo has applauded EPIA's position on the EU minimum price, saying that renewable energy rollout should not be blocked anywhere in the world by protectionism. The Shungfeng CEO told pv magazine that the company is seeking to...


EPIA calls for free solar market

SNEC conference in Shanghai, EPIA's Oliver Schaefer and Murray Cameron 2015

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has officially spoken out against the European minimum price on PV modules on Chinese and Taiwanese solar cells and modules. EPIA has taken the position against the EU minimum...


LDK finally exits insolvency

LDK Solar headquarters.

Chinese manufacturer will exit proceedings on April 21. The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands this week unshackled the last restrictions on the reorganized solar giant.


Australia: Module dumping causes negligible injury

An Australian PV rooftop.

The Australian Government has found that a number of Chinese PV suppliers are guilty of having dumped modules in the market. However, it has recommended no action be taken due to the relatively small dumping margins and...


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