- Industry Roundup
- Fab & Facilities
- Cell Processing
- Thin Film
- PV Modules
- Power Generation
Australian utility company AGL has called on the country’s regional and local government to “set both binding and aspirational medium and long-term emission reduction targets”, while outlining its own commitments to carbon reduction.
India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.
China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is to build a 10MW gallium arsenide (GaAs) thin-film solar cell R&D and manufacturing plant using recently acquired US start-up Alta Devices technology.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), has signed a deal with Indian utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) in order to build a 50MW PV plant in the district of Kasaragod, located within the state of Kerala.
Renewable-energy project developer juwi is building up its footprint, as it is set to develop its first project in Turkey. The project is comprised of seven separate plants — generating a combined capacity of 7.4MW — and will be located in the municipality of Denizli.
SunPower today announced plans to partner with Apple to build two 20MW solar power projects in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures in Sichuan Province, China.
ET Solar has agreed to build a 70MWp solar power project in the Philippines with local partner, renewable energy developer Gate Solar Philippines.
Chinese project developer SPI Solar has acquired the development rights for 30MW of PV in Japan.
An agreement to construct 1,000MW of solar power generation capacity has been made between Chinese PV module manufacturer Risen Energy Co. and the local governments of Wuhai City and Haibowan district, Inner Mongolia, as well as a further 200MW module supply deal.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated up to US$15.2 million for a new research and development (R&D) round set to help industry-partnered projects that are looking to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies.
Japan’s largest solar farm to date will be supplied with around 116MW of modules from vertically integrated Chinese tier-one manufacturer and project developer Trina Solar, it was announced this morning.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Solartech Energy Corp has reported further declines in sales for March 2015.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported first quarter 2015 non-audited sales slightly ahead from the prior year period.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported lacklustre sales improvement in March 2015, resulting in sales remaining in the doldrums for the first quarter of the year.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported March 2015 sales almost flat with the previous month.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy Corp reported weak March 2015 sales, marking a new low point since 2013.
China-based clean energy and PV manufacturer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is entering the Energy Management Contracting (EMC) market through a joint venture with China state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
Australia’s anti-dumping commission has terminated its investigation into alleged dumping of Chinese-made PV modules imported into the country.
China-based PV module manufacturer and project developer Risen Energy Co has secured around RMB2.5 billion (US$403 million) in funding from a major private placement of 293 million shares.
A new report compiled for Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has advised that the country could triple its proportion of energy generated from renewable sources in the overall mix by 2030.
The Quality China Solar Congress & Awards Ceremony was held in Changzhou of Jiangsu Province earlier in 2015, which was organised by the independent third-party test & certification organisation, TÜV Rheinland.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar said its chief technology officer Yong Liu had resigned from the company, effective March 31, 2015.
China-based PV EPC and project developer, China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings reported a 9.3% increase in EPC revenue for 2014, reaching RMB2,060 million (US$332.3 million).
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported a net loss for 2014 of NT$1.96 billion (US$62.9 million), despite higher shipments and utilisation rates that remained above 95% in the year.
The PV power plant project development arm of GCL-Poly has signed an agreement with CMB Nanjing bank for solar PV project financing and other corporate activities.
Japan-based CIS thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier said it had completed the construction of its Tohoku Plant in March 2015 as expected and plans to start ramping production immediately.
One of Japan’s largest trading companies, Marubeni, which is already involved in both upstream and downstream sectors of PV industry, has entered the domestic market for residential solar.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) remained highly dependent on parent company Hanergy Holding Group for revenue in 2014, gaining revenue for the sales of a small number of PV plants and limited revenue from thin-film sales to IKEA that were outside group transactions.
GE Energy Financial Services and Pacifico Energy — the latter being a subsidiary of Virginia Solar Group — have agreed to a partnership for a third time, teaming up to develop a solar power project in Japan.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group reported a 20% revenue drop from the sale of 125mm x 125mm monocrystalline solar wafers, primarily to its largest customer, SunPower in 2014.
Canadian Solar has completed its US$265 million acquisition of Sharp’s solar energy developer Recurrent Energy and enacted a shake-up of its senior management team.
PV project developer Solar Power Inc (SPI) will enter another new regional market, acquiring an 80% stake in a wholesale distribution business in Australia.
Solar Impulse has landed in China after completing the fifth and “most challenging” leg of its record round-the-world flight attempt.
The 3.275 MW Gatton Solar Research Facility at the University of Queensland (UQ) has been completed.
The Indian government is in discussions with international funding and lending agencies to secure at least US$3 billion to finance plans to build multiple gigawatts of new solar capacity.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reported group sales of US$4.8 billion and returned to a profit of US$277.9 million in 2014, operating its polysilicon and solar wafer operations at full capacity.
Off-grid renewables specialist Sunlabob Renewable Energy has secured a US$2.1 million investment from UK-based Truestone Global Impact Fund to fund its international expansion.
US renewable energy developer SunEdison is planning to power rural electrification and micro-grid projects in India with vanadium flow batteries, announcing that it plans to purchase 100 megawatt hours-plus from Imergy Power Systems.
In 2015, PV demand in China could top 18GW, according to an updated forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Australia’s anti-dumping commission is nearing its decision on whether or not to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese solar panels.
PV energy firm, United Photovoltaics Group generated approximately HK$479 million (US$61.76 million) in revenue from sales of electricity from acquired PV power plants in 2014, up from just US$4.7 million in 2013.
Shunfeng International Clean Energy, solar energy services provider and part of the group that also owns Wuxi Suntech, has made clear its intent to purchase an LED lighting company.
India now has around 3.38GW of grid-connected solar installed, according to official figures revealed this week by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Vertically-integrated PV project developer Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) has announced that its subsidiary SPI Solar Power Engineering has reached an agreement with Jingzhaolai PV Power Co., Ltd. of Inner Mongolia to offer engineering, procurement and development (EPC) services for its 20MW PV plant in Liangcheng County, Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia.
Hong Kong-based property developer turned renewable energy developer Kong Sun Holdings has reported 2014 revenue of RMB524.3 million (US$84.42 million) returning a profit of RMB11.7 million (US$1.88 million).
SKI Corp, Japanese a mobile phone sales agency, has signalled its intent to build a 24MW solar farm in the west of Japan and to borrow ¥8 billion (US$67 million), for the purposes of doing so.
Engineering firm JGC Corporation has completed a 31MW PV plant in Chiba, Japan.
Thin-film maker Hanergy, which has been the subject of recent press reports over “unusual” share trading, has opened a number of retail stores in its homeland, China.
Struggling China-based PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology has warned it faces de-listing from the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) after issuing a profit loss statement for its 2014 financial year.