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Solar panel price war claims latest German victim

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July 5, 2013 05:45 AM EST | AP


BERLIN — Germany's Conergy AG has become the latest victim of a global solar panel price war, which has already cost tens of thousands of jobs in the country in recent years.

Hamburg-based Conergy on Friday filed for insolvency and said it hoped to find an investor to continue the business. The company, which has some 1,200 employees, specializes in planning and installing photovoltaic systems.

More than a fifth of all jobs – or about 24,000 – in Germany's once-burgeoning solar panel industry have been lost since 2011.

A recent government report found that solar industry revenue dropped to 7.34 billion euros ($9.53 billion) last year from 11.9 billion euros in 2011.

The report blamed a fall in prices driven by cheap solar panels made in China.