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More thin-film solar carnage: Hanergy subsidiary Solibro Hi-Tech declares insolvency

Insolvency proceedings have been underway for Solibro GmbH since late summer, and business operations have long been suspended. This week another Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro Hi-Tech, has also declared insolvency.

Why Europe and the US failed to capitalize on the benefits of thin-film solar

Is First Solar stalled in innovation and growth? Markus Beck, a thin-film solar expert and former chief scientist at First Solar, provides an industry perspective on the fate of thin-film PV in the U.S.

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The world will add 142 GW of new solar this year

IHS Markit has predicted another year of global solar growth but there’s some uncertainty dogging the markets of China and India, two of the most crucial (and polluting) regions.

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US scientists claim clear-sky irradiance model provides better results for module testing

Researchers at the American Institute of Physics have used the clear-sky irradiance model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to measure the degradation rates of solar panels at a testing field in Germany over five years. The scientists say the model, when combined with real-world data, offers an efficient tool to evaluate the aging of PV technology.

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Highview and Encore to develop the first long duration, liquid air energy storage system in the US

Northern Vermont facility will help put more renewable energy on the region’s electric grid

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Hanergy: from thin-film solar savior to mass layoffs at MiaSolé, Alta, Solibro and Global Solar

Unannounced layoffs with no pay or benefits have left more than 600 American workers in the U.S., 180 employees in Germany, and thousands in China unemployed and in the dark. A number of employees reached out to tell their story.

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Driving the global energy transition

In this interview, pv magazine’s Erica Johnson sits down with Former solar executive and California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild to discuss California’s long-term relationship with Germany and the state’s blended focus on energy policy, technology and the economy to achieve 100% renewable energy.

Schletter to restart its North Carolina presence, sans factory

The mounting systems maker is opening a new sales and distribution office in the Charlotte metro area, and has maintained manufacturing in Europe and Asia.

Capital Dynamics brings the big money to C&I solar

The asset manager’s new joint venture with Sol Systems seeks to develop up to 100 MW of solar annually to supply businesses, municipalities and universities.

ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

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