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Schott Solar will stop crystalline PV production in Mainz

According to newspaper reports, Schott Solar AG will stop producing its crystalline silicon photovoltaic products in Germany this October. After this, just the company’s product development and headquarters will remain in Mainz.

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Italy: Conto Energia V to be approved soon

Italy’s next renewable energy law, the Conto Energia V could soon be approved. It is believed that most of the regional state rejections should be taken into account, and that a gradual transition will be adopted.

Germany: Milder PV cuts to be announced soon

According to reports, an agreement on Germany’s photovoltaic subsidies could be reached before the summer break. A decision was said to have been made at a meeting between new Environment Minister, Altmaier, and opposition and state politicians, yesterday, June 25.

Restructuring plan for Solarwatt expected by end of July

Solarwatt has said that by the end of July, it will submit a restructuring plan, with the expectation that the process will be completed by the end of September. Furthermore, its module warranty has been secured.

Germany: First Solar to continue production until year end

First Solar Inc. has announced it will keep its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Frankfurt (Oder) up and running until the end of the year, due to the short-term increase in demand. After this, the facilities will be permanently closed.

Germany: Record month for PV

Photovoltaics accounted for around ten percent of Germany’s energy supply in May, according to the country’s Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW).

Solarwatt on the brink of insolvency

Talks with an investor, which should, in the short term, eliminate the debt of Solarwatt AG, have failed. As such, the photovoltaic company will probably have to register for insolvency with the District Court. Update: In-house restoration is sought.

Solarhybrid insolvency proceedings open

The insolvency process has begun for Germany’s Solarhybrid AG.

Employees want to take First Solar over

Part of First Solar Inc.’s German workforce has said it wants to continue producing the manufacturer’s photovoltaic thin film modules, according to media reports. However, in the future they will only make modules for small rooftop systems.

SolarWorld announces job cuts

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese “dumping” prices have been cited as a key reason.

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