The pv magazine weekly news digest


SunEdison filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, a move that had been widely expected. SunEdison CEO Ahmad Chatila said the process would enable the company “to right-size our balance sheet and reduce our debt, providing the opportunity to support the business going forward while focusing on our core strengths.”

Meanwhile, San Francisco became California’s first major city to mandate solar installations on new buildings after introducing a new law that requires solar PV systems, solar water heating systems, or a combination of the two, beginning in in January. San Francisco has set a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 in addition to other ambitious environmental targets.

In other U.S. news, a new initiative sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department is expected to reduce the cost of capital as a result of improved access to solar data, which would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation filed a lawsuit of nearly $1 billion against JA Solar over an alleged breach of a polysilicon agreement.

Across the pond, France looks set to increase its solar target threefold by 2023. French authorities greenlit a draft proposal to triple current solar PV capacity by 2023 to 20.2 GW.

Market research group IHS published the results of a study showing a 22% price gap between modules from China and global rivals. The report examined the reasons behind the price disparity and the factors that continue to bring PV costs down.

In Germany, solar PV module manufacturer Sonnenstromfabrik rose again after surviving the insolvencies of two previous owners. Now owned by Now owned by CS Wismar GmbH, the fab is producing its own branded products as well as for OEM customers.

The Indian government appealed a World Trade Organization ruling that the country’s domestic content requirements for solar violate international trade rules.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.