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Jan 9, 2012

German solar boom strengthens critics of subsidies

FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – New solar installations
reached a fresh record of 7.5 gigawatts (GW) in Germany in 2011,
playing into the hands of advocates for steeper cuts in tariff
subsidies to reduce growth of solar power and the resulting
higher costs for consumers.

The figure slightly exceeds the 7.4 GW recorded in 2010,
German network regulatory agency Bundesnetzagentur (BnetzA) said
in a statement on Monday.

Jan 9, 2012

BMW aims for top spot in 2012 as luxury sales soar

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted record car sales for 2011 and forecast a boom in luxury cars would keep it ahead of rivals this year as the world’s number one maker of luxury cars enjoys strong demand from China and the United States.

The Munich-based company said on Monday that worldwide sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars rose 14.2 percent to 1.67 million last year.

Jan 9, 2012

BMW aims for top spot in 2012 as luxury sales soar

FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – BMW posted
record car sales for 2011 and forecast a boom in luxury cars
would keep it ahead of rivals this year as the world’s number
one maker of luxury cars enjoys strong demand from China and the
United States.

The Munich-based company said on Monday that worldwide sales
of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars rose 14.2 percent to 1.67
million last year.

Jan 9, 2012

German solar market reaches record, cuts loom-agency

FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – New solar installations
reached a fresh record of 7.5 gigawatts (GW) in Germany in 2011,
playing into the hands of advocates for steeper cuts in tariff
subsidies to reduce growth of solar power and the resulting
higher costs for consumers.

The figure slightly exceeds the 7.4 GW recorded in 2010,
German network regulatory agency Bundesnetzagentur (BnetzA) said
in a statement on Monday.

Dec 23, 2011

Setbacks signal tough expansion for German utilities

FRANKFURT, Dec 23 (Reuters) – E.ON EONG.DE and RWE
(RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), Germany’s top utilities, need fresh ideas for their
expansion strategy after setbacks this week that suggest it will
not be easy for them to find growth and lower debt in a
post-nuclear world.

E.ON (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday lost a bid for Portugal’s stake
in EDP (EDP.LS: Quote, Profile, Research) — a move that would have given it exposure to
the fast-growing Brazilian market and increased its renewables
reach — while RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) said talks with Russia’s Gazprom
(GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) about power production ventures had failed.
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Dec 22, 2011

Patent firm sues German retailers for HTC phones

FRANKFURT, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Patent firm IPCom has
sued German retailers for patent infringement for continuing to
sell phones made by HTC, the No. 4 smartphone vendor
globally.

A court in Mannheim, Germany, ruled in February 2009 against
HTC in a patent fight with IPCom, allowing an injunction against
sales of HTC phones using UMTS technology and setting a penalty
of up to 250,000 euros ($326,200) each time the injunction was
contravened.

Dec 22, 2011

RWE, Gazprom end talks on joint power ventures

FRANKFURT, Dec 22 (Reuters) – RWE AG and
Gazprom have terminated talks about joint power
production ventures, a setback in the German utility’s efforts
to seek Russian-funded growth to help make up for its domestic
market’s exit from nuclear power.

“Although our discussions were conducted in a very
constructive manner we were unfortunately not able to agree on a
framework for cooperation which would be sustainable for both
parties,” RWE Chief Executive Juergen Grossmann said in a
statement on Thursday.

Dec 22, 2011

Germany’s Solar Millennium files for insolvency

FRANKFURT/LOS ANGELES, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Solar Millennium
AG (S2MG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) became the second German solar company to file for
insolvency this month, as the company ran out of cash before it
was able to finalize deals to sell large projects in the United
States and Spain.

It still expects, however, to complete a transaction to sell
its biggest U.S. projects to German developer solarhybrid AG
(SHLG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) early next year.

Dec 14, 2011

German solar firms go from boom to bust

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – When Tino Blaesi joined the solar sector gold rush, he thought his career was made. Seven years later, he is looking for a job outside the industry after his company slashed more than a third of its workforce in one day.

Workers in Germany’s once booming solar energy industry face a shakeout of major proportions following declines in the price of solar panels over the past year.

Dec 14, 2011

More solar casualties seen after Solon insolvency

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Solon’s insolvency filing is likely to be followed by other high-profile German solar company failures, analysts said, as the blood-letting in the global industry intensifies.

Shares in Solon plunged 58 percent on Wednesday after the solar module maker announced the filing late the previous day, becoming Germany’s first major casualty of a crisis in the sector.

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      "I'm responsible for the coverage of German renewable companies, mainly solar, at Reuters News. Previously, I have worked as a correspondent at Thomson Financial News, covering German technology and construction companies."
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