PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG has reported continued demand for automation system in China for solar manufacturing applications that have generated €17.5 million in first half year revenue, up 66.7% from the prior year period.
PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology said it would close production facilities in Denver, US, and Cape Town, South Africa on continued competition issues and consolidate global inverter production in Germany and China.
PV inverter firm SolarEdge Technologies reported fiscal fourth quarter revenue of US$124.8 million, which was at the low end of guidance, due to a slowdown in the US residential market, its biggest market for the company.
Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar is undertaking a further round of restructuring that targets its EPC and O&M operations after its decision to shutdown its TetraSun crystalline silicon operations in Malaysia in early July.
Following a Portuguese government announcement approving 180MW of unsubsidised solar PV capacity, the country’s renewables association has said solar cannot work without financial support in current market conditions.
Leading microinverter firm Enphase Energy reported second quarter 2016 shipments up 30% and revenue 24% higher than the prior quarter as its strategy to offer more competitive pricing enabled by progressive product cost reductions, regained lost customers and market share across multiple regions.
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech reports some recent industry mergers and acquisitions, dramatic UK solar job losses and an equally dramatic opportunity for job growth in the US with Tesla's new Gigafactory in Nevada.