PV-Tech Newscast – April 5, 2013

PV is rapidly stamping its mark on the emerging Asia Pacific and Central Asia region with more than 3GW of PV forecast by 2017, NPD Solarbuzz predicts. Elsewhere markets remain highly competitive, with SMA Solar Technology revealing its market share has plummeted from over 40% in 2010 to only 25% in 2012 and further losses are expected. The shockwaves from the bankruptcy of Suntech Wuxi continue to reverberate with five suppliers to the company reportedly declaring provisions for bad debt from the company's collapse. Over in the Americas, First Solar has purchased the 150MW Solar Gen 2 project while SunPower has made its newly dubbed X-Series modules available in the US. And finally, let's end on a high...literally. The world's first solar-powered plane, powered by SunPower cells, will begin its attempt at a coast to coast crossing of the US in May. Companies: First Solar, NPD Solarbuzz, SMA Solar Technology, SunPower, Suntech Power Holdings, Suntech Wuxi

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