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Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to start actual production of both solar cells and modules at a new facility in South-East Asia by May 2015.
Tier-1 PV module manufacturer, REC Solar is planning to spend around US$50 million on production upgrades and expansions in 2015 with an extra 300MW of module assembly capacity via two new lines.
PV equipment specialist SCHMID Group has sold eight APCVD systems to three undisclosed Asia-based solar manufacturers. Financial and shipment details were not disclosed.
Major PV energy provider SunPower is set to significantly increase capital spending (CapEx) in 2015.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported preliminary record 2014 full-year financial results while incurring a €22.5 million depreciation hit on its solar segment and shifting c-Si PV equipment operations to China.
Despite construction of its first 1GW integrated PV module assembly plant being slowed due to heavy snow falls in Buffalo, New York State, SolarCity said when releasing record full-year results that it expects tool install to begin in early 2016.
Total shipments of PV modules in Japan for the third quarter of the 2014 Japanese financial year stood at 2.46GW, representing a 4% fall from the previous quarter, according to new figures from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported flat sales for January, 2015, compared to the previous month.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) reported a decline in solar cell and PV module sales in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Chinese PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun has officially started construction of a 500MW integrated solar cell and modules assembly plant in the Thai-China Industrial Park in Rayong, Thailand.
The director of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost cutting programme has hailed the “phenomenal jobs growth rate” that the US solar industry has enjoyed in recent times.
After a strong recovery in solar cell shipments at the end of 2014, Taiwan-based cell producer, Gintech Energy reported a 29.8% month-on-month sales decline for January, 2015.
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer Motech Industries has reported a 13.4% jump in sales for the month of January, continuing a recovery in sales which slumped in July and August last year due to the US anti-dumping case.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Amtech Systems experienced a slide in revenue for its first fiscal quarter.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems has received orders from China and Japan worth US$10 million.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a dramatic drop in sales for January 2015.
Hanwha SolarOne has completed the acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS.
High-technology manufacturing equipment specialist, Intevac said in its fourth quarter 2014 earnings call that it’s first ‘MATRIX’ PVD system is nearing customer qualification and sign-off that could lead to further tool orders as the customer plans for capacity expansions.
According to market research firm, EnergyTrend Taiwan-based solar cell producers shipped more than 10GW of cells in 2014, despite the impact of US anti-dumping duties.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) has reported a preliminary net profit in 2014 of NT$243 million (US$ US$7.7 million).
Insolvent PV equipment and wet processing specialist, RENA GmbH has been acquired by Swiss private equity firm, Capvis for an undisclosed sum.
South Korean PV module manufacturer, SolarPark Korea is purchasing multicrystalline solar cells from China Sunergy.
According to reports, LG Electronics is planning to spend around US$145 million on expanding its capacity for its N-type monocrystalline cells and modules.
India’s solar manufacturing sector appears to have received a boost, with solar cell manufacturer Indosolar signing a wafer supply agreement worth US$200 million with Korean company Osung.
The US Energy Department said it would provide US$45 million in new renewable energy funding focused on solar manufacturing technologies and is part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
Schmid Group has followed the start of construction of a new photovoltaics factory in Argentina by opening offices and a warehouse to support the new facility.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
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.
According to market research firm IHS, Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers are mostly sold out in the first quarter of 2015 as demand remains strong from markets such as China, Japan and the UK as well as in South America and Central America.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.
PV equipment specialist Despatch Industries said it had recently sold 10 firing furnaces to a leading solar cell producer, marking a milestone that all of the top-10 largest solar cell producers are now using its furnace technology.
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.
Leading PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has started mass production of high-efficiency PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology with the expected availability of both multicrystalline and monocrystalline ‘Honey’ modules available in Europe this year and a global roll-out in 2016.
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.
Specialist PV equipment supplier RENA, which is in the middle of restructuring efforts, has said its new order intake in the fourth quarter of 2014 totalled €30 million.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy reported a second consecutive month of sales recovery in December.
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.
European R&D facility, imec has achieved new solar cell record efficiency for its N-type, monocrystalline n-PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) process using commercial sized wafers and processing equipment.
PV equipment specialist SoLayTec, recently acquired by Amtech Systems has secured an evaluation testing period for its ALD (atomic layer deposition) system with Hanwha Q CELLS.
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.
Market research firm IHS has detailed what it deems to be some of the key PV industry market trends in 2015.
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.
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.
PV equipment supplier SCHMID Group is partnering with Pekintas Group to build a 200MWp turnkey PV cell and module manufacturing facility in Russia for start-up, Solar Systems. Financial details were not disclosed.