PV-Tech Newscast—January 4, 2013

It's a brand new year and what better way to start it off than with some positive solar news. Things are especially looking up for the BIPV industry. Indeed, the global BIPV and BAPV market is predicted to grow five-fold, from 400MW in 2012 to 2.25GW in 2017. German PV installations in the first 11 months of 2012 soared by 62% though installations in November were down from the previous month. In order to prepare for the coming year, German renewable energy developer juwi has restructured to focus on its core business with an emphasis on consolidation to become 'crisisproof'. Continuing to look forward, NPD Solarbuzz has identified Mexico, Chile and Brazil as emerging-come-mainstream markets, absorbing nearly 70% of demand in Latin America. Meanwhile, China Sunergy has commenced production in Turkey through its new facility in Istanbul and MidAmerican Solar has purchased two Antelope Valley Solar Projects from SunPower. Companies: China Sunergy, Seul Energy Investment Corp, juwi, MidAmerican Solar, NPD Solarbuzz, Pike Research, SunPower

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