PV has the lowest LCOE in Germany, finds Fraunhofer ISE

According to Fraunhofer ISE experts, PV’s LCOE currently ranges between €0.0371 and €0.1154 per kWh in Germany. The potential for further cost reduction is vast, the researchers add.


Manz returns to profitability

Thanks to a one-off effect in the solar segment, the company was able to achieve a record turnover of €325 million in 2017.


SolarWorld Americas gets $5 million loan from creditors

Creditors will allow SolarWorld Americas to borrow more than US$5 million. This should bring operations up to full capacity in the coming months.

Luxembourg launches tender for solar over 500 kW

The government of Luxembourg has also adopted a new draft legislation aimed at regulating self-consumption and promoting the active role of prosumers.

Phoenix Solar starts insolvency proceedings

The insolvency proceedings of the German PV company have begun at the district court of Munich. According to the insolvency administrator, there is no hope for the parent company and its largest subsidiary in the United States.

Germany’s ISFH announces 26.1% efficiency for p-type crystalline cells

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover claim that this result is a world record for p-type silicon material, as well as a European record for crystalline silicon.


Meyer Burger goes to Chinese court for patent infringement

The Swiss PV equipment manufacturer has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in China against Wuxi Shangji Automation Co, Ltd for the protection of its patented wire winding system for the cutting of solar wafers, the Diamond Wire Management System (DWMS).


Soventix: “We are tired of depending on politics” – Interview

Interview: Soventix has been focusing on PV projects in developing countries for years. The German solar company is now building 11 hybrid plants for a Nigerian bank. Soventix CEO, Thorsten Preugschas explains in an interview with pv magazine what the particular challenges of such projects are and why investments are planned in Nigeria.

Germany adds 116 MW of solar in November

Between January and November 2017, new PV installations with a combined capacity of 1,580 MW were connected to the German grid. Cumulative installed PV power in the country reached 42.8 GW.

Austria sets 2018 FIT for PV systems up to 200 kW

Owners of residential solar PV systems in Austria will receive €0.0791 per kWh for power surplus in 2018.