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EU ProSun, the alliance of European solar manufacturers that brought the Chinese anti-dumping case, has said it is confident the European Court will rule that the resolution of the deal is not in line with the commission’s own rules.
EU governments have approved the anti-dumping measures on solar imports from China set out in August and confirmed that they will also form the basis of the resolution to the parallel anti-subsidy investigation.
REC Solar has cancelled its NOK200 million (US$32 million) revolving credit facility with sister company REC Silicon, citing a “positive outlook on business”.
Domestic shipments of solar cells and modules in Japan showed consistent growth again in the second fiscal quarter of 2013, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Solar manufacturing and construction firm, Conergy, says it is close to selling its module factory in Frankfurt to PV manufacturer, Astronergy.
A Chinese court has overturned its previous decision to throw out a legal dispute between LDK Solar and Canadian Solar over a wafer supply contract between the two companies.
Major tier one PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, is to take over operations of tier two module manufacturer, NESL Solartech, and expand capacity to 500MW.
German PV rooftop installer, Centrosolar, has completed the installation of 190,000 PV modules across rooftops in France.
PV equipment specialist, Spire Corporation said that its founder, Roger G. Little would retire at the end of the year and serve only as chairman.
Strong demand for modules in the third quarter of 2013, meant JA Solar reported increased product shipments and revenue, while reducing losses.
LDK Solar has reported increased shipments, higher revenue and reduced losses for the third quarter of 2013, while cash levels also improved by approximately US$10 million after plummeting to only US$85.1 million in the previous quarter.
Automobile manufacturer, SEAT, part of the Volkswagen group, has completed an 11MW PV project on the roof of its factory in Martorell, Spain.
Spanish module manufacturer Tamesol is reported to be planning a new 50MW production line at its facility in Girona, northern Spain.
Bosch has sold its solar cell and module operations in Arnstadt, Germany to SolarWorld, securing around 800 jobs, according to an official statement from the company. Financial details were not disclosed.
The Dutch economy ministry has announced that Netherlands module manufacturing equipment supplier Eurotron will supply a PV module production line to a manufacturer in Qatar.
Module manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells is to deliver modules to a 42.5MW solar farm in Ontario.
PV equipment supplier Spire Corporation said that it had completed the installation of a turn-key module assembly line for an unidentified customer in Eastern Europe.
Voltec Solar has signed an agreement to deliver solar panels with French wind energy company, La Compagnie du Vent, GDF Suez Group.
South Korean manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has supplied 12.9MW of HSL modules for a several solar parks in Portugal.
Updated. Market research firm, IHS has reiterated growth projections for PV installations in 2013 of 35GW, while forecasting growth of only 15% to just over 40GW in 2014.
SMA’s Canadian subsidiary is supplying inverters for a 100MW PV plant in Ontario, said to be the largest solar plant in Canada.
Still waiting for an upturn in solar module equipment orders, Spire Corporation reported third quarter revenue of US$4.2 million, slightly up from US$3.6 million reported in the second-quarter and up from US$2.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.
Trina Solar, one of the last major tier one module manufacturers to embrace the downstream project business model, is planning to have 30% of annual revenue attributed to PV power plant projects in the next three years.
Solar manufacturer, ET Solar, is supplying modules to a 21MW solar project in North Carolina.
Spectrolab has set a new solar cell efficiency world record for a non-concentrated solar cell of 38.8% and in doing so has beaten the company’s own previous record of 37.8%, set in April.
Clean energy consultancy, Mercom Capital Group, has predicted that domestic content requirements in the next phase of India’s national solar programme could lead to trade disputes.
Suntech Power has said it intends to appeal a decision by NYSE Regulation, the oversight body of the New York Stock Exchange, to delist the company’s American Depository Shares.
JinkoSolar has said it will expand module capacity to at least 2GW in 2014, due to solar modules sales being virtually fully booked through the first half of the year.
China’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly, has agreed a US$200 million bond sale to an Asian investment fund.
The “start of a ‘new’ Conergy” has been heralded by the company as Kawa Capital Management finalised its acquisition of the global Conergy sales and service units.
China-based PV manufacturer ReneSola has won a 53.5MWp module order for PV projects in Texas being developed by OCI Solar Power.
US-based PV manufacturer and plant developer, First Solar, has comfortably held on to the top position of solar project tracker website Wiki-Solar’s table of leading utility-scale solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies.
A Wuxi court has approved Shunfeng Photovoltiac International’s purchase of Suntech Power’s manufacturing arm, taking the protracted saga closer to conclusion.
Photovoltaic (PV) prices are set to increase by 9% in 2014, according to a new report produced by GTM Research.
Chinese solar manufacturer JA Solar has announced that it has shipped 30MW of modules to British Solar Renewables.
The German arm of Nanosolar, the US based thin-film company which closed in July this year, was relaunched at the beginning of November as Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland.
Canadian Solar has announced a return to profitability, with its project business and new markets leading the way.
German based construction and engineering company, M+W, has been awarded a contract to construct a 70MW solar module factory with Schmid Group in Argentina.
Hanwha SolarOne is shifting its position in the PV industry in an attempt to improve its business opportunities and financial condition in light of its slow recovery, compared to tier 1 Chinese rivals.
The RMB3 billion (US$492 million) bid from Shunfeng Photovoltaic International for Suntech’s manufacturing arm has been accepted by the administrator of the flailing firm.
The joint secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shri Tarun Kapoor said invitations for tenders for the 4GW mega solar project in India will begin in a few months.
Specialist encapsulant supplier, STR Holdings, continues to struggle following the loss of its major customer, First Solar, last year, as third quarter sales continued to decline, forcing further plant closures and restructuring efforts.
Module manufacturer Canadian Solar has announced two module supply agreements totalling 34.3MW in Turkey and in China.
Yingli Green Energy has reported third quarter 2013 revenue of US$596.3 million and net loss of US$38.5 million as PV module shipments increased 5.1%.
Module manufacturer aleo solar has announced that its nine-month revenue for 2013 was €99.1 million (US$132.7 million) a fall of 55.5% compared to the same period last year.
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has awarded accreditation to Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology.
Impacted by its financial woes and ingoing restructuring, SolarWorld said that PV product shipments within its German domestic market continued to decline in the third quarter of 2013.
Canadian Solar has confirmed to PV Tech that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Punjab for future solar developments.
Global capital spending in the PV industry is expected to increase at a higher rate than previously expected, says market research firm IHS.
JA Solar is supplying 70MW of modules to China-based system integrator, Shanghai CSET Co for several major commercial rooftop projects in the country.