EU member states vote for 18-month extension to anti-dumping measures

The European Commission’s proposal to extend the anti-dumping measures for Chinese PV manufacturers by a year and a half has been put to the mediation committee. The final decision will be published on 4th March. A proposal to extend the measures by only 12 months also failed in the Appeals Committee.

German Police detain PV module thieves

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of theft, after an extensive investigation by German and Polish Police forces. The men are said to have broken into solar parks in several German states in order to steal modules and inverters.

Lowest price in Germany’s PV bidding €0.06/kWh

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has awarded 38 bids in the first PV tender under the EEG 2017. The average bid price fell lower than the pilot tenders, reaching €0.0658 per kWh.

SolarWorld plans to shift domestic cell production within Germany

The firm is considering concentrating all of its German cell production capacity at Arnstadt, shifting volume from Freiberg where wafer production is poised to be scaled up.

Germany installs 450 MW of solar in December

End of year surge in installations pushes annual total towards 1.5 GW – a slightly higher figure than that recorded in 2015. Tumbling module costs in Europe have aided this upturn, with small-scale solar installations predominant.

PariGroup signs declaration of intent to take over Renusol in Europe

A declaration of intent has been signed by both parties. Renusol is set to be passed on as a brand and product to Parigroup, which already has a good working relationship with the PV assembly company.

German development bank restarts subsidy for PV + storage

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the development bank owned by the German government, today announced that it will restart subsidy payments for PV + storage applications within Germany.

German PV tender: Prices fall below EUR 0.07 per kWh

27 bids with a total capacity of 163 MW won contracts in the tender, with the lowest bid as low as EUR 0.0626 per kWh. The tender was, however, largely oversubscribed.

Professor Eicke Weber to retire from Fraunhofer ISE

After ten years heading one of the world’s leading solar energy research institutes, Eicke Weber has announced his retirement from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE as of the end of the year. It is not known who his replacement will be.

SolarWorld to lay off 500 temporary workers in Germany

The German solar manufacturer will begin shedding workers employed on temporary contracts in the fourth quarter in response to fierce price pressure in the global solar markets. Permanent employees will not be initially affected.