PV-Tech Newscast – February 3, 2012

We report on Q-Cells, once the leading PV cell producer having to sell its business to debt holders, but potentially securing its long-term future. We take a closer look at 2011's installation figures this week, with NPD Solarbuzz reporting that China installed 2.9GW in 2011 compared to a global install figure of 27.7GW. Yet the EPIA believes the PV industry is at a crossroads as the major European markets contract, insisting that the Asia Pacific region, especially China needs to develop its home market to generate growth for the industry. We also cover Spain's PV industry woes as it is up in arms following the government's decision to cease subsidies for renewable installations.

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