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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar.
Global module manufacturer Trina Solar has opened a warehouse in South Africa.
Latin America has become Yingli Green’s key near-term focus as an emerging market, with plans to partner in Brazil to operate a PV module assembly plant.
Major PVEP SunEdison is looking to leverage its advanced fluidized bed reactor (PBR) technology that is claimed to offer high-purity polysilicon at the lowest cost to build a major downstream PV power plant business in the largest market, China.
Market research firm GTM Research expects around 130,000MT of polysilicon production to come on stream in the next few years, equivalent of 25GW, which could impact pricing.
The shock chapter 11 bankruptcy of major PV equipment provider, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) was said to be due to ‘severe liquidity issues,’ according to preliminary court papers.
The chapter 11 bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technology (GTAT) has led to equipment and automation supplier Manz becoming the largest supplier creditor, owed US$21.2 million, according to GTAT court filings.
Conergy is selling its US solar distribution business to Soligent a major PV products distributor in the country for an undisclosed sum. As a result, Conergy is focusing on its PV project business in US.
In a shock move, major PV equipment provider, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it would file for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District of New Hampshire, US.
The closure of Masdar PV’s a-Si thin-film operations that were announced in May, 2014 has subsequently and inevitably led to the sale of the production line equipment, which will take place in an online auction conducted by Maynards on October 8.
Specialist materials firm Royal DSM has opened an advanced PV materials demonstration centre in India, which includes a rooftop PV system to meet 25% of the site’s electricity needs.
SunEdison said that its high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) technology being ramped at its new joint venture facility in Korea will provide source polysilicon to enable 400 watt peak PV panel performance at a cost of US$0.40 per watt peak by 2016.
PV module inspection systems specialist, Pi4 said it received multiple orders for electroluminescence (EL) testers from customers in Mexico, India, France and South Africa.
Major tier 1 PV manufacturer Trina Solar is issuing convertible noted to the tune of US$100 million that will mature in October 2019.
The PV module testing laboratory of China-based PV manufacturer, ReneSola has been qualified to join testing firm, Intertek’s Global ‘SATELLITE’ program.