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Germany: Belectric considering constitutional challenge

As part of Germany’s new solar subsidy, feed-in tariffs (FIT) for photovoltaic systems larger than 10 megawatts (MW) are to be eliminated. According to a media report, several companies, including leading project planner Belectric, are considering submitting a complaint against the Renewable Energy Act [EEG] amendment before the German Federal Constitutional Court.

Microsol will take Solon over

According to Germany’s Tagesspiegel, it looks like Solon has been saved by Indian-Arabic company, Microsol. The news has still to be officially confirmed, however, it is expected that a formal statement will be made on Friday, March 2.

Germany: More FIT proposals on the table

The Germany solar incentive debate continues. While it was announced last week that there are plans to introduce a feed-in tariff (FIT) cap on photovoltaic modules, yet another proposal has suggested that only 80 percent of fed-in solar electricity should receive a tariff.

Solon: Further takeover details emerge

Details over Microsol’s intended takeover of Solon SE have emerged. Under its plans, the facility at Greifswald will close and 25 jobs will be lost.

Germany plans PV FIT cap for modules

Ever clearer signals are emerging that Germany’s Federal Government is planning a new type of cap for solar subsidies. According to the latest plans, only a yearly electricity yield of between 800 and 900 kilowatt (kW) hours per kW peak will qualify for a tariff. Such a rule would, above all, benefit Chinese module and inverter suppliers.

Germany: First Solar scales production back

First Solar is to reduce production at its Frankfurt/Oder manufacturing facility in Germany by 50 percent. As a result, 1,200 employees will be moved onto six months of shorter working hours.

China cuts PV funding

According to media reports, the Chinese government in Beijing has scaled back its Golden Sun Program subsidies and its feed-in tariff rates following an increased demand for photovoltaics in the country.

Solon receives 2 concrete takeover bids

According to reports, Berlin-based Solon has received two concrete takeover offers. Negotiations are expected to begin in the coming week.

3 solar takeovers given the green light

LDK Solar, Bosch and Centrosolar have all been given the green light to go ahead with their planned (and, for LDK and Centrosolar, partial) takeovers of Sunways, Voltwerk and Gecko Group, respectively.

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