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The minimum import price (MIP) of Chinese solar equipment into the EU is to remain at €0.53/W during the third quarter of 2014, PV Tech understands.
A complaint against Spain’s solar cuts has been lodged with the European Commission.
A group of 12 French firms is urging new environment and energy minister Ségolène Royal to set a goal for 5% of the country’s electricity to come from solar.
Germany’s solar industry association, BSW Solar, has condemned the German government for its stance on PV, claiming that in the first five months of this year the country only installed 818MW of new PV generation capacity.
Germany-based Hanwha Q CELLS has said France will be one of its European target markets this year after revealing an 11MW module order for a project in the south of the country.
Retroactive changes to Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT) are “illegitimate” and could face similar legal challenges to those seen in Spain, according to a major PV investor.
The PV materials manufacturer DuPont has completed a 4.5MW array at its Cernay facility in France.
Finance company, Allianz Global Investors has bought Great Glemham Solar Park from renewable energy company, BayWa r.e.
Discussions regarding the future of support mechanisms for solar in Germany are taking “too long”, with politicians effectively “misusing” the issue to raise their own political profile, according to the senior vice president for sales and marketing at REC Solar.
US thin-film manufacturer First Solar and German EPC firm Belectric have connected 34.5MW of solar farms in the UK.
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has appointed Dr. James Watson as the CEO of the trade association and is expected to take on the role at the beginning of July.
PV laser systems specialist, InnoLas Solutions has appointed Ernst Hartmannsgruber as its new director of sales and marketing, effective May 1, 2014.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic, the owner of module manufacturer Suntech, has indicated to the Hong Kong stock exchange that it is in talks to acquire four new businesses.
A report by environmental activist group, Greenpeace, on the upgrades required for nuclear power plants in France, reveals renewable energy will be more financially competitive by 2020.
Chinese solar manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne has shipped 9.5MW of its modules to Ikaros Solar for two UK solar farm projects.
According to the organisers of Intersolar Europe, 44,000 people attended the PV show in Munich last week.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies, has supplied a turnkey PV production line to a newly formed subsidiary of optical disc manufacturer, BOD Group, located in Lithuania.
UK renewable energy investor Low Carbon has increased its stake in the company behind a plan to export solar energy from Tunisia to Europe.
The US company which last week acquired German solar mounting solutions provider, Renusol, is planning to use the deal to gain access to the European PV market, highlighting specific interest in the commercial rooftop sector.
Hanplast, a high-precision plastic mouldings engineering firm based in Poland is the first company to deploy Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ interconnect technology in a PV module assembly plant.
The management of Photon Holding, which entered preliminary insolvency last week, has said it believes the proceedings to be “unnecessary”.
The Spanish cabinet has approved a renewable energy bill that will retroactively cap the returns of PV investors.
Japanese thin-film company, Solar Frontier, has plans to enter the UK market, although an official announcement is some way off, according to the company’s senior vice president, Atsuhiko Hirano.
Updated: Photon Holding GmbH, which publishes the solar industry magazine, Photon International, has filed for insolvency in the district court of Aachen, Germany.
The chief executive of a company seeking to launch a solar ‘yield co’ investment vehicle says that retroactive cuts to support are “spreading like cancer” and claims his company’s business model could offer “a last line” of legal defence.
Accusations that Trina Solar has breached the EU trade agreement are “false and ridiculous”, according to an executive at the company.
Chinese solar companies are violating a settlement between the European Commission and Chinese government by selling products in the EU below a minimum agreed price, it has been alleged.
Module and cell manufacturer China Sunergy (CSun) has signed an agreement with KosiFrankensolar to build 50MW of PV projects in Turkey.
Martifer Solar has is developing a 100MW pipeline of PV projects in the UK.
Downstream project developers and suppliers proved to be the winners in the Intersolar AWARD 2014 ceremony at Intersolar Europe.
Europe’s largest PV exhibition, Intersolar Europe, continues to experience a decline in the number of exhibitors and range of companies across the supply chain with around 1,100 exhibitors, down from 1,330 in 2013 and just ahead of numbers back in 2008.
Uncertainty surrounding the switch to the CfDs (Contracts for Difference) support scheme for large-scale solar in the UK will make it difficult for smaller companies and new market entrants to compete there, according to speakers at the Doing Solar Business in the UK conference in Munich.
US residential PV provider, Sungevity, has kick-started its expansion into Europe through a joint venture with international utility giant, E.ON.
Portuguese PV developer Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has completed an 11MW PV plant in Ginasservis, located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area of France. The facility was built for Eco Delta, a wind and PV farm developer.
US firm First Solar is to acquire German operations and maintenance (O&M) company, Skytron Energy.
Renewable energy lobbyist, the Europe-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA), has hailed moves by the European Commission to speed up renewables deployment and reduce the bloc’s dependence on Russian gas.
The deployment of solar storage units in German is set to boom over the next few years in what has been hailed a “quiet revolution” for the PV industry.
Investors have cooled their interest in the UK since the government announced a review of support for large-scale solar farms, according to Ernst & Young.
Five years of predicted global growth in PV installations will offset Europe’s decline as the world’s once-leading solar region, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.
State-run construction firm, Avelar, will build up to US$147 million worth of solar power plants in the Altai region, near Kazakhstan, according to one of Russia’s official news agencies.
Solar analyst Bridge to India’s managing director, Tobias Engelmeier, has warned anti-dumping duties will halt India’s solar industry for up to two years.
First Solar will demonstrate its AC Power Block and Series 4 thin-film modules at Intersolar Europe this year.
PV installations in Europe are expected to hit 10GW this year, down 7% on 2013’s total, according to the latest forecast from NPD Solarbuzz.
The European Commission has called for renewables deployment to be sped up in light of energy security threats.
Two-thirds of Europe’s planned PV projects are in the UK, according to research firm IHS.
Some home energy storage systems, such as those increasingly used with PV, have potential safety flaws that could lead to an increased risk of fire, according to a study by German researchers.
US firm NextEra Energy has filed a complaint against the Spanish government with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for policy changes that limit PV investors’ returns.
The number of workers employed by the German PV industry fell by almost 50% last year, according to figures released on Monday by the German energy and economics ministry.
One of the last remaining a-Si thin-film manufacturing plants in production globally and the last in Germany is to close with the loss of 160 jobs at Masdar PV in Ichterhausen.
PV equipment specialist, Meyer Burger Technology is streamlining its R&D activities at its Roth & Rau subsidiaries technology and product centre in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany with the loss of around 120 positions.