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Oct 24, 2011

Price declines, oversupply to hit solar Q3

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The solar industry is in for a dire quarter as falling government subsidies and low volumes further drive down equipment prices at a time when oversupply has already led many sector players to lower their full-year profit outlook.

A pick-up in demand for solar panels, widely expected by industry players for the second half, failed to materialize, pushing several U.S. companies, most notably panel maker Solyndra LLC, to file for bankruptcy in recent months.

Oct 20, 2011

Western solars up the ante against Chinese peers

FRANKFURT/HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Chinese solar
companies could soon find themselves bereft of some of their
biggest foreign markets as Western manufacturers intensify a
solar trade war and seek stiff anti-dumping duties on low-cost
Chinese products.

German group SolarWorld said on Thursday it was
working on steps to curb alleged price dumping by Chinese rivals
in Europe .

Oct 20, 2011

SolarWorld ups the ante in global solar trade war

FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Oct 20 (Reuters) – German group
SolarWorld said it may take steps against alleged
price dumping by Chinese rivals in Europe after its U.S. unit
filed a complaint, the latest move in the solar trade war.

“We are currently reviewing several options for how to throw
this forward over here,” SolarWorld Chief Executive Frank Asbeck
told Reuters on Thursday.

Oct 12, 2011

Analysis: Solar inverter makers set for soft landing

By Krishna Das and Christoph Steitz

(Reuters) – Most solar power component makers are coping with lower margins these days because of an industry downturn — but solar inverter makers are suffering less.

Unlike companies that make solar panels and cells, solar inverter makers enjoy some insulation from competition and the weak economy. Their products are complex and harder to make, and prices have stayed relatively stable.

Sep 30, 2011

SolarWorld expects anti-dumping complaints vs China

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – SolarWorld, Germany’s No.2 solar player by sales, expects anti-dumping complaints to be filed against China’s solar industry and would actively support such action, its chief executive said.

“Based on the facts, we think that such complaints will have to be filed,” Asbeck said, adding he would “welcome” a U.S. trade complaint against China and anti-dumping penalties in the European Union.

Sep 29, 2011

German DAX end-11 view slashed to 6,000 points: poll

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Investors in Germany’s DAX will reap much weaker returns this year than predicted just three months ago as analysts slash forecasts on worries that Europe’s debt crisis will crimp profits at some of the world’s strongest companies.

The DAX is now expected to end the year at 6,000, up over 7 percent from Wednesday’s close of 5,578 points but posting a loss of 13 percent for the year, according to the median of 26 strategists polled by Reuters.

Sep 19, 2011

SMA Solar outlook fades as sun sets on demand

* Now sees 2011 sales of 1.5-1.7 billion euros

* Sees year EBIT of 220-300 million euros

* Reports minor recovery in demand for solar inverters

* Shares down 9.5 percent

(Adds details, background, share impact)

By Christoph Steitz

FRANKFURT, Sept19 – SMA Solar (S92G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s biggest
maker of solar inverters, slashed full-year targets only days
after its chief executive called the outlook challenging,
confirming fears the industry bellwether was not immune to
falling demand.

The company said there had been only a minor recovery in
demand since mid-summer, blaming uncertainty on solar incentive
cuts in Germany, the world’s biggest solar market, and fallout
from the euro zone debt crisis.

Sep 16, 2011

E.ON eyes China wind turbines in green push

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – E.ON is in talks with China’s wind turbine makers, the chief financial officer of its renewable operations said, adding the German utility may in future source turbines produced in the world’s largest wind market.

“We have been talking to half a dozen manufacturers and are looking in detail at costs and benefits,” Cord Landsmann, chief financial officer of E.ON’s climate and renewables unit, told Reuters in an interview.

Sep 5, 2011

Europe solar power to be competitive by 2020 -EPIA

BERLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Power generated from solar
modules in Europe may take until the end of the decade to be
competitive vis-à-vis conventional forms of energy, the world’s
biggest solar association said on Monday, adding that point
could be reached sooner in some regions.

Based on a study looking at five major solar markets –
Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Britain — Brussels-based
European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) said
competitiveness could be reached by 2020.

Sep 2, 2011

TV makers hope for boost in H2

BERLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) – TV makers put on a brave face at
IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show in Berlin,
reassuring themselves that new products and brisk holiday
business would compensate a weak first six months of the year.

“The TV market need not shrink, it all depends on how
strongly prices will fall,” Rainer Hecker, chairman of the
German consumer electronics association (gfu) said.

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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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