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Price declines, oversupply to hit solar in third quarter

Solar industry in for a dire quarter as falling government subsidies and low volumes further drive down equipment prices just as oversupply has already led sector players to lower their full-year profit outlook.

By October 24, 2011


Solar execs wary of trade war with China

After a group of U.S. solar manufacturers file a trade complaint against China, some in the industry say they're afraid a trade war could erupt, which would be "damaging."

By October 20, 2011


U.S. finalizes loan aid for two solar plants

With funding for the government's loan program set to expire at the end of the week, investors have been watching to see what deals will be completed before time runs out.

By September 28, 2011


Solar industry shakeout leads to more large projects

Report shows that the pipeline for non-residential solar projects has jumped since the beginning of this year in part because of rapidly falling solar panel prices.

By September 12, 2011


Another solar plant to open in Tibet

Suntech, a China-based solar manufacturing giant, plans to build a 10-megawatt plant in Tibet.

By March 23, 2011


Robots meet solar at Solyndra Fab 2

The futuristic Fab 2 integrates robotics manufacturing with 1,000 human workers to build unique solar modules. But can the high-tech expertise compete against cheap labor?

By December 9, 2010


Solar-panel maker Solyndra to lay off workers

Thin-film solar-cell maker is closing old plant after opening new one, in realignment to compete with cheaper solar options arriving from China.

By November 3, 2010


'Smart' solar panels wring more juice to lower cost

More companies are developing electronics fitted directly onto solar panels to improve the "energy harvest" and reduce losses due to mismatches in output in an array of connected panels.

By October 8, 2010


Sharp buys Recurrent to expand solar business

In a sign of ongoing consolidation in solar, Sharp agrees to pay $305 million for Recurrent Energy which develops corporate and utility solar photovoltaic projects, mostly in the U.S.

By September 21, 2010


Bangkok adding solar to grid

A Suntech Power solar plant just outside the Thailand city is designed to generate 44 megawatts of power, becoming the largest solar farm in Southeast Asia. It is set for completion by late 2011.

By August 5, 2010