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GCL New Energy Holdings has guided plans to build 2GW of PV power plant projects in China in 2015, increasing by 500MW per annum to reach planned installations of 3GW in 2017.
Japan’s electric utility companies that had stopped considering applications for utility-scale solar look set to resume doing so, although projects will be subjected to stricter new rules.
The leaders of the US and India have reasserted their ongoing clean energy partnership with President Obama hinting at additional financial support during meetings in India.
The PV industry’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has signed its eighth supply contract with bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. GCL-Poly is in the process of becoming a majority shareholder in the struggling firm.
Japan will produce definitive targets for renewable energy this year, according to a government official. The country’s government has taken criticism from pro-renewable energy groups for not doing so previously.
US-based fabless PV module supplier, Andalay Solar has secured a 50MW annual sub-contracting manufacturing partnership with Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
China state-owned aerospace firm, Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) has revealed verified record solar module efficiencies for both N-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) and P-type multicrystalline modules.
The Taiwanese PV manufacturing sector could use the very same loophole that put it in the US government’s crosshairs, to sidestep the punitive duties now faced by its own firms.
A major multinational Japanese firm has ordered two Levitrack Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems from Levitech intended for volume production of PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells including both multicrystalline and n-type wafers.
Chinese module manufacturer ET Solar has been loaned A$20 million (US$16.2 million) for its push in the Australian commercial rooftop market.
Project developer Welspun Renewables has confirmed it will build a 100.1MW solar farm in Andhra Pradesh (AP) during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The US International Trade Commission has determined that Chinese modules using Taiwanese components have caused injury to the US solar manufacturing industry.
Investment bank, China International Capital Corporation (CICC), is forecasting PV installations in China exceeding 15GW in 2015.
One international developer of utility-scale PV projects says that proposed changes to Japan’s feed-in tariff (FiT) will not adversely affect business over the next two years, but certain aspects of those changes will be “challenging” to cope with.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar has strengthened its management team with the creation of a chief operating officer (COO) position and appointing Zhiguo Zhu to the role.
China looks on course to have missed its 2014 target for distributed solar but could end up close to the year’s overall 13GW goal through an expanded share of utility-scale projects, according to an expert on the country’s renewables industry.
According to local reports, First Solar has officially opened its TetraSun technology-based production line at its PV manufacturing complex in Kulim High Tech Park, Malaysia.
Indian PV manufacturer and project developer, Moser Baer Solar said that a strategy announced back in January 2012 to vastly improve its competitive position in the industry has been completed.
The Asia Development Bank (ADB) will lend up to US$100 million to developer ACME Solar to fund PV power projects in India.
The Japanese subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate, Hanwha Group, has completed a 24MW PV power plant in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture, in the south-west of the country.
PV project developer and EPC, Solar Power, Inc (SPI Solar) is moving its headquarters from the US to China.
Major PV manufacturer Yingli Green has reported the completion of a 10MW PV power plant in China and the start of construction of a 20MW plant in the country this week.
China-based monocrystalline wafer producer, Solargiga Energy has reported increased shipments and revenue in 2014.
Solar independent power producer Etrion has given an update on its ‘advanced’ pipelines in Japan and Chile.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy reported a second consecutive month of sales recovery in December.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported its second strongest month in 2014 for sales in December, just below recent record sales in June, 2014.
Indian renewables developer Welspun has agreed a deal to build 600MW of solar and 500MW of wind in Gujarat.
China-based PV manufacturer Jetion Solar said that as part of its success in Thailand’s PV market it expected to have a 200MW cell and module facility operational in May, 2015.
Chinese module manufacturer Trina Solar has complained to the US Department of Commerce for heavily penalising its participation in a disability work programme backed by the Beijing government.
Chinese government initiatives for distributed generation will have “a far greater impact on installations in China this year”, according to the chairman and chief executive officer of Hanwha SolarOne.
US PV giant SunEdison has confirmed an agreement with the state government of Karnataka in India to build 5GW of subsidy-free wind and solar.
Japan is thought to have installed over 8GW of new photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity during 2014, according to analysis and research firm RTS PV.
Module manufacturer and project developer Trina Solar has connected a 90MW solar farm to the grid in China.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised India’s push for solar energy calling it “an historic opportunity”.
Taiwan’s largest solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported a decline in sales in December, citing and increase in its OEM business for the revenue fall.
Taiwan-based major PV producer, Motech Industries sales in December faltered after a strong recovery in November.
Major PV energy provider, SunEdison, has added Gujarat, India to the list of potential sites for its plans to become a fully integrated PV manufacturer.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) reported record sales in December, primarily due to its PV project developer subsidiary, General Energy Solutions (GES) selling a US project for US$26 million.
Embattled Chinese module manufacturer China Sunergy has been warned that it is in breach of NASDAQ rules after falling behind with its financial reporting.
PV developer Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) has successfully closed the acquisition of Gonghe County Xinte Photovoltaic Co. (Xinte) — a PV project company owned by TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued further government guidelines on the need for a major consolidation of PV manufacturing companies.
The project development arm of GCL New Energy has signed contracts for the design and construction of a minimum of 200MW of projects in China this week.
Taiwan-based Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a major wafer producer, is selling its complete shareholding in former subsidiary, GlobalWafers Co, for around US$131 million.
A committee appointed by the government of Thailand to implement a series of wide-ranging political reforms claims that its proposed residential solar rooftop feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme will make Thailand the ASEAN region’s solar leader within 10 years.
Pakistan has approved net metering as part of a raft of new policies that could boost the development of solar in the country.
Module manufacturer Jinko Solar has secured a US$90 million loan from China Development Bank (CDB).
Potentially reduced anti-dumping tariffs in the US could strengthen Chinese firms’ position at the negotiating table in “ongoing” talks to settle the latest dispute, according to Roth Capital.
Reduced subsidies for rooftop solar projects in India have been welcomed by a local consultancy firm.
CEEG Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy, has been awarded a 30MW contract from integrated solar energy solutions provider Enrich Energy.
Taiwan-based solar cell producers, Motech Industries and Topcell Solar International (TSI), have announced plans to merge operations, potentially creating the largest merchant solar cell producer, with around 3GW of capacity.