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Solar PV Market Continues to Grow in Europe and Around the World

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (EPIA) new Market Report 2011 shows important increase in grid-connected capacity of PV systems, but changing economics will require development of new markets in the world.

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Buyer Survey Reveals Increasing Acceptance of Chinese PV Inverters

A new survey of more than 400 buyers of PV inverters has revealed a growing acceptance of Chinese products, with close to 30% of respondents indicating they were of acceptable quality, according to IMS Research.

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Lux Research Reveals Top 10 Solar Cell Manufacturers

European companies not in the top 10 in 3Q’11, despite high demand in Europe. While the demand in Europe is on the rise, European manufacturers are having trouble remaining cost competitive by producing in Europe, according to Lux Research’s latest Solar Supply Tracker.

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Changing Global Solar PV Supply Chain Dynamics – Oversupply Woes To Affect Profitability

The global solar PV supply base is currently going through a transition, owing to a significant capacity addition. The supply base has grown significantly, while there are indications that the installations growth rate would slow down as leading PV countries cut PV tariffs.

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Global PV Installations to Hit 24 GW in 2011 Predicts IMS Research

Global solar PV installations will reach 24 GW in 2011 according to a new report from IMS Research. The report found that despite the relatively weak start to the year, installations will rise by 24% in 2011 to reach 24 GW, up from 19 GW in 2010. The research also revealed that European installations will rise by just 3% this year and that Italy will displace Germany as the world’s largest market.

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Research Indicates PV Component Profits 70% Lower in Q4 2011

PV component profits are set to fall by 70% year-on-year in Q4 2011 according to new analysis from IMS Research. The market research firm’s analysis of the polysilicon, wafer, cell, module and inverter industries found that that collapsing prices throughout 2011 will cause gross margins for the whole PV industry combined to slide by 17 percentage points to just 12.4% in Q4 2011.

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Engensa Data Reveals Government Solar Policies on Track to Create 10,000 Jobs

New analysis by Engensa, the UK’s fastest-growing solar energy company, finds that the UK’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) will create 10,000 green jobs by early 2012.

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Installed Cost of Solar PV Systems in the U.S. Has Declined Significantly in 2010 and 2011

The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011, according to the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Report Indicates Photovoltaics Among Fastest Growing Industries in the World

pvreport2011The 2011 JRC PV Status Report indicates that the photovoltaic (PV) industry production more than doubled in 2010, thus reaching a world-wide production volume of 23.5 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic modules.

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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Supply Chain - Global Market Size to 2015

From an emerging fuel source 20 years ago, the availability of more effective and reliable equipment and machinery has enabled solar PV to be transformed into a commercial energy generating technology in over forty countries. The global solar PV market is expanding rapidly with PV installations growing by 57% in 2010 over 2009.

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