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Weakening euro a threat to Chinese manufacturers

If the euro reaches parity with the dollar, the cost competitiveness of Chinese photovoltaics (PV) manufacturers will “significantly erode”, says a new report by the Goldman Sachs European Clean Energy team.

Solar energy costs to achieve grid parity by 2013, says new report

Solar costs in many markets will reach grid parity by 2013, according to a new report. It also predicts that demand for solar will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24 percent.

Global PV installations to hit 17 GW by next year

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are predicted to reach 13 gigawatts (GW) this year; that number will increase to 17 GW by 2011 according to a new report. It also states that Germany is expected to maintain its leading global position for the next two years.

US photovoltaics market set to explode

The U.S is set to experience “truly explosive” photovoltaics (PV) growth in the next few years, a leading industry expert has told pv magazine.

Solar Decathlon Europe winners announced

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University has been crowned this year’s winner of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition for its Lumenhaus submission.

Kaneka increases production capacity by 80 MW

Japan-based Kaneka Solartech Co., Ltd. has completed the expansion of its thin film photovoltaics facilities by 80 megawatts (MW), thus bringing its annual production total to 150 MW. Meanwhile, the company says it is looking to further expand its solar energy operations.

Milenio Solar sets its sights on El Salvador solar market

Signalling its interest in the El Salvadorian solar market, Milenio Solar has signed a contract for a parabolic through power plant feasibility study with Inversiones Energéticas S.A. de C.V.

Comment: Retreat to ‘‘mañana’’

Following the Spanish government’s decision to scrap both its July 1 deadline to reduce renewable energy subsidies, and a planned hike for consumer power tariffs this month, Luis López talks to pv magazine about the country’s dispute over the cuts in solar incentives.

Italy plans solar incentives cuts of 18 percent

The Italian government plans to cut incentives for solar power producers by an average of 18 percent in 2011, according to an official, in a cut below market expectations.

New world record for solar cell efficiency announced

A new world record, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), for large area silicon wafers has been set.

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