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German Bundesrat stops solar cuts – updated

A mediation committee concerning the cuts in the promotion of solar energy has been convened by Germany’s Bundesrat upper house of parliament. A key industry figure has said that people should not expect the cuts to be smaller though.

Cadmium ban will not affect PV industry

The cadmium ban will not apply to the photovoltaics (PV) industry, the environmental committee of the European parliament has said.

Inertek doubles PV testing capacity

Intertek, a testing, inspection and certification company, has doubled its photovoltaics (PV) testing capacity at its Lake Forest, CA laboratory in the U.S.

Enphase secures USD$63 million in funding

Microinverter firm Enphase has secured USD$63 million in funding.

Canada: 50 skilled solar jobs created

The news that 50 new solar jobs are to be created comes after Siemens Canada’s announcement that it is entering the Canadian the solar market as a local manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

MIT launches flight simulator to help set solar prices

A new management flight simulator, aimed at helping users set prices for solar panels, has been launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

PSP and BSP sign Strategic Investment Agreement

Prime Sun Power Inc. (PSP) has entered into a Strategic Investment Agreement with Bangkok Solar Power Co., Ltd. (BSP) to acquire up to 6,639,063 shares – worth €40 million (USD$49.5 million) – of PSP Common Stock at a price of €7.73 per share. All shares issued to BSP will be subject to a lock-up period until December 31, 2013.

German solar cuts "hit parliamentary hurdle"

Germany’s Bundesrat upper house of parliament is unlikely to pass cuts to solar incentives, so a mediation committee would be needed to resolve the matter, government sources have told Reuters.

Trina Solar and SERIS reach solar cell agreement

The development of an all-back contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell is about to get underway, following an agreement between Trina Solar Limited and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Global solar PV cell production booming

Global photovoltaic (PV) cell production grew last year by 51% from 7.1 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to 10.7 GW in 2009, according to a research note published by GTM Research.

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