Markets & Policy

Germany: EEG levy only €0.062 higher for 2012

In Germany, the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) levy will increase next year to 3.592 euro cents per kilowatt hour. Further expansion of renewables is not the reason for the increase; the cause is in fact a new “liquidity buffer”. The buffer was actually supposed to come into effect with the 2012 EEG amendment.

Solar cell manufacturer Arise Germany announces insolvency

Arise Technologies Deutschland GmbH (Arise Germany) has entered structured insolvency. Failure to secure adequate financing for the development of its solar plans was cited as the primary reason.

Singulus joins CIGS machinery market

German solar machinery supplier, Singulus has entered the growing thin-film market with a new Copper-Indium-Selenium and Gallium and Sulphur (CIGS) thin-film solar cell processing system.

Suntech hits five GW milestone

Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer Suntech claims to be the first manufacturer to have produced five giawatts (GW) of solar modules that have been installed by customers and partners.

Centrosolar reports positive Q3 EBIT, but reduces full year targets

Germany-based Centrosolar Group AG posted a positive third quarter (Q3) EBIT, but falling revenues. Overall, the company has revised its full year guidance downwards.

TSMC Solar progresses 300 MW CIGS fab

Taiwanese photovoltaic manufacturer, TSMC, announced today that it has completed the “equipment move in” stage at its CIGS fab in Taichung, Taiwan.

SunEdison secures USD300 million for North American funding

In one of the largest non-recourse credit facilities issued for photovoltaic projects, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank will provide a USD300 million facility to SunEdison for projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Phoenix Solar halves revenue and earnings outlook

In what may be a sign of things to come, photovoltaic system integrator Phoenix Solar has dramatically revised down its revenue and earnings outlook for 2011.

First Solar forms partnership in Chile

Thin-film module manufacturer First Solar will sign an agreement with developers in Chile today, in which it will agree to provide modules and engineering and procurement services for future projects in the country.

Conservation project launched at Europe’s biggest PV plant

A 13-year conservation-monitoring project has been launched at the FinowTower photovoltaic power plant site. Still under construction the plant, in Brandenburg, Germany, will be worth 84.5 megawatts on completion.

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