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EU Council of Ministers gives final green light on clean energy package

Long awaited – and even longer debated – the 1000 pages of legislation have finally been adopted by all EU institutions. Over the coming 18 months, there will be changes, some big, some small, to the markets in Europe. Across the continent, the renewable energy industry is likely to benefit.

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How cold solder joints turn solar modules into warranty cases

In the run-up to pv magazine’s quality roundtable at Intersolar Europe, we look at a case where a production error resulted in cold solder joints in 5% of the solar modules across a 50 MW project portfolio. We consider how to come to an agreement with a manufacturer to replace modules in such a situation and how such a solution compares with a production audit before installation.

Yingli reveals the full extent of its huge debt mountain

The SEC filing lodged by the Chinese manufacturer today tells the tale of ever falling panel prices, production shutdowns prompted by cashflow crises and multiple legal claims from creditors, as the company warns it could face being broken up.

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Ikea’s solar offer in Germany criticized by consumer association

The Verbraucherzentrale NRW says advertising for the Solstråle solar system is misleading and has warned the furniture provider and its partner Solarcentury Microgen (Deutschland) GmbH it will begin legal action if the campaign is not changed.

Sonnedix buys 55 MW solar carport portfolio in France

The independent power producer has purchased five PV projects from Glennmont Partners. It did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction.

Inverter maker offered customer €50 for replacement product which would have carried ‘thousands of euros’ of associated costs

Often, it is not inverter faults that frustrate customers – such things happen – it is poor customer service. Here we look at the first of a series of cases that will be discussed at the pv magazine quality roundtable planned for Intersolar Europe, in Munich, which indicates what the industry must avoid in future.

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India investigates claim of dumped coated steel products from China, Korea and Vietnam

In the latest tariff spat to afflict the solar world, India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies will investigate a claim steel products coated with aluminum and zinc are being dumped by Far Eastern manufacturers.

Will India’s RE push kill the critically endangered great Indian bustard?

Amid the hubbub surrounding India’s renewable energy ambitions, few people have likely heard the last wails of a critically endangered great Indian bustard as it chars to death on a power transmission line or fatally collides with a wind turbine.

China’s CSUN faces India ban over module contract disputes

The Indian government is considering the ban in response to complaints about China Sunergy allegedly defaulting on PV module shipments to project developers Acme Solar, RattanIndia and Refex Energy. Last year, German EPC specialist Goldbeck Solar reported a similar experience with the Chinese supplier.

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Sky Holdings founder to pay $14m in arbitration

After allegedly stripping his company of assets to launch another business and failing to pay under the terms of an earlier settlement, Weili Su has been ordered to shell out nearly $14 million to three former Sky Holdings executives.

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