- Industry Roundup
- Fab & Facilities
- Cell Processing
- Thin Film
- PV Modules
- Power Generation
The US government has announced plans to smooth the path for the development of commercial-scale solar with US$15 million being set aside for community-lead projects.
According to new analysis from market research firm IHS sufficient PV module supply outside China and Taiwan exists to meet expected demand in the US in 2014, dampening panic buying before a US anti-dumping judgement due later this year.
LDK Solar has claimed through its Cayman Island liquidators that unaudited accounts indicate the company had revenue of US$273.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from US$156.6 million in the previous quarter.
United Photovoltaics Group is close to signing a deal with China Financial Leasing Company (Sinolease) to provide at least US$1.6 billion in PV project funding.
US solar energy provider FLS Energy has confirmed a 13.2MW module order with JA Solar.
Hanergy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy asset management firm Greenbacker Renewable Energy Corporation for the funding of up to 126MW of PV projects in the US.
The price gap between monocrystalline silicon modules and multicrystalline is closing as rooftop markets continue to expand, according to market research firm, EnergyTrend.
A new US$100 million project finance fund for distributed solar in the US is to be set up by Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (HASI) and clean energy finance firm Sol Systems.
The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) will begin a programme of standardisation for redox flow batteries – which can be used for large-scale energy storage applications – following discussions which were initiated in Japan in October 2013.
Tracking manufacturer SPG Solar has completed the install of a 50MW system for a project in Arizona.
SolarCity looks likely to resume its programme of deploying residential energy storage systems in California, following a preliminary ruling by the state’s Public Utilities Commission appeared to rule in the company’s favour.
Plans have been agreed at the aleo solar EGM for the company to wind down through a liquidation, with as much as €50 million (US$69.1 million) of support provided by parent company Robert Bosch in order to avoid bankruptcy proceedings.
The company noted that it could not pay accrued interest and fees, which could result in the bank foreclosing. SPI Solar had total company deficit of US$56.1 million at the end of 2013, much of it owed to LDK Solar.
German PV manufacturer and developer, IBC Solar plans to construct 5.5MW in Rajasthan, India.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has completed and grid connected two large-scale PV power plants totalling 39MW in Jiangsu province, China.
Leading global PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has joined with China-based investment fund, Sailing Capital, to create a renewable energy fund to invest in Yingli Green’s PV projects.
China Sunergy (CSUN) has announced the signing of a framework agreement to supply 15MW of solar modules to Turkish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company PV-Systems.
German solar project developer, ib vogt’s UK subsidiary, vogt solar successfully commissioned 80MW of solar projects in the first quarter of 2014.
Tracking manufacturer Array Technologies (ATI) has installed four systems in California customised to withstand high wind speeds.
Additional renewable energy capacity, including onshore wind and photovoltaic power generation projects, will be granted approval under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), the country’s Department of Energy (DoE) has announced.
Renewable energy forecasts by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are at best pessimistic and at worst “simply wrong”, according to a new report by sustainable energy research group SUN DAY.
US-based residential PV installer, Vivint Solar has appointed Dwain Kinghorn as chief strategy and innovations officer to support its expansion plans in the US.
Liquidators for LDK Solar, Zolfo Cooper have requested the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to change its decision to de-list its American depositary shares (ADS).
The IPCC has said solar has the largest technical feasibility in mitigating harmful climate change from electricity production “by a large magnitude”.
US-based PV installer, PetersenDean and PV module manufacturer, SolarWorld have signed a supply deal inline with the installer’s strategy of only sourcing US produced products.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne said that it’s chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong has retired and the company expected to appoint a replacement by the end of April.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech Co reported sales of over NT$423 million (US$14 million approx) for the month of March.
Local California news, The Desert Sun, reported the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is looking to increase wildlife monitoring at solar plants.
Major manufacturing equipment supplier, Applied Materials could be entering a new market after announcing the development and practical testing of a superconducting fault current limiter (SCFCL) system and technology being implemented at a substation owned and operated by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp in Central Hudson, New York.
The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) said it would collaborate with Solar PV Consulting to study the entire PV supply chain in an effort to reduce wastage after estimates project annual inefficiencies could cost the industry as much as US$1 billion by 2018.
Malaysia’s largest electric utility company, Tenaga Nasional has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a government-owned development company to buy electricity generated by a 50MWac PV plant.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic International is planning to issue convertible bonds totalling US$296.6 million to support its PV project business plans.
Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity.
Global PV equipment manufacturer, Sungrow supplied a US utility solar plant with its 500kW inverters.
California-based microinverter maker Enphase has become the latest company in solar to announce expansion plans to meet demand in the Asia-Pacific region, opening an office in Melbourne, Australia to add to its engineering and design centre in New Zealand and distribution hub in Sydney.
Tenaska Solar Ventures has opted to use only conventional PV modules at its planned 150MW PV power plant in Imperial Valley, California cancelling plans to use Soitec’s concentrated PV (CPV) technology for part of the original project.
Kyocera has installed a solar powered recharging station for electric vehicles, aimed at increasing clean energy generation and providing energy security in the event of disaster.
Struggling solar EPC firm S.A.G. Solarstrom, which is operating under insolvency proceedings said that its restructuring advisor, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants had received expressions of interest from a number of parties in becoming strategic investors in the company.
Taiwan-based solar cell and module manufacturer Gintech Energy reported a significant jump in revenue for the month of March 2014.
Struggling lower-tier a-Si thin-film producer and BIPV developer, China Solar Energy Holdings has been forced to close its a-Si thin-film manufacturing plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China after the subsidiary was forced into bankruptcy.
Yingli Green Energy will sell more than 300MW of solar power plants in China to United Photovoltaic Group (United PV), after the two companies signed a framework agreement.
In contradiction to its nearest rivals, JA Solar has revised upwards its first quarter 2014 shipments that the company said was based on “solid execution”, compared to recent downward shipment revisions by both Yingli Green and Trina Solar.
Croatia has an installed solar capacity of 23.8MW as of the end of March according to the Mediterranean country’s energy market operator, HROTE.
The solar power division of Japanese consumer electronics and engineering firm Hitachi will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner on a 43MW ‘megasolar’ PV project in Gunma prefecture, Japan.
PV module stringer specialist, teamtechnik said it had reduced cell-to-cell soldering cycle-times to below 2.25 second, boosting overall throughput of its single-track TT1600 stringer system to an annual output of 45MWp, inline with dual stringer systems, according to the company.
In response to the latest instalment from the fifth report of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), US Secretary of State John Kerry has said current low carbon energy technology must be used to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Specialist equipment supplier Robert Bürkle has supplied a further two ‘Ypsator’ 1722-7 lamination lines to OEM module manufacturer, Jabil Poland.
Chinese PV company ET Solar has opened an office in Australia, with a view to mainly serving the commercial and utility markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
A total of 6.7MW will be installed across 22 sites in the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD).
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer, Trina Solar has significantly reduced module shipment guidance for the first quarter of 2014, due to weakness in orders from the EU because of a pending price adjustment being ratified by EU and Chinese authorities as part of an anti-dumping agreement.