EU provides more legal certainty with new anti-dumping rules
 – Interview

Milan Nitzschke, president of EU ProSun and spokesman for the AEGIS industry association, explains what China’s quest for market economy status has to do with the new European anti-dumping directives, and what effect they will have on the measures against Chinese PV manufacturers.

New EU anti-dumping rules signed off

The new legal framework for anti-dumping, designed to protect the EU against unfair trade practices, has been signed. It will come into force on December 20.

Idea of solar powered trains gaining traction

In two separate studies, in the U.K. and Switzerland, respectively, the notion of combining solar power and trains has been explored. The results indicate it could offer a cost-competitive, energy saving alternative to the traditional power methods currently employed.

Phoenix Solar to file for insolvency in Germany

The construction contractor will start insolvency proceedings at the district court in Munich next week.


Germany opens 2018 auction for large-scale PV, announces joint wind/solar auction

The deadline to submit project proposals is February 1. In addition, the Bundesnetzagentur has scheduled the first joint auction for large-scale wind and solar projects for April 1, 2018.

Switzerland to replace FITs with solar rebates in 2018

According to Swissolar, this change will allow more PV capacity to be deployed, as waiting times for the implementation of FIT contracts are considerably increasing. Self-consumption is also becoming more attractive for multi-family houses and commercial enterprises.

Germany adds 150 MW of solar in October

In the first ten months of 2017, new PV additions totaled 1,465 MW, which is almost the same amount of installed solar capacity installed in the same period of last year.

Singulus bags another HJT order

The new order comes from an unspecified customer from China, and includes the shipment of Singulus’ new sputtering system.

Germany awards contract to 69 MW solar plant in October auction

The auction’s final average price dropped under €50/MWh for the first time. Since January, PV projects exceeding 10 MW, and which are located in areas designated “bauliche anlagen,” have been allowed to participate in the auction. As a result, the largest winning project was a 69 MW solar facility.

Singulus gets new CIGS order

The German PV equipment provider will supply several CIGS production systems of the type TENUIS II for wet-chemical coating processes to an unnamed Chinese manufacturer.