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The largest US PV installer SolarCity is beginning to ramp expenditure in R&D and equipment purchases ahead of the planned completion and ramp of its 1GW integrated PV manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has axed further jobs and undertaken equipment write-downs at its sapphire substrate cutting plant in Colorado Springs, US, which was initially established to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire screens for its mobile phones through a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).
PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings could be the US front for its parent company, China-based project developer, Zhenfa Energy Group entering the US market.
China-based PV manufacturer Hareon Solar said that its initial Phase 1 160MW solar cell production plant in India was part of more ambitious plans to establish a 1GW state-of-the-art solar cell facility in a joint venture with Indian firm Dalmia Group.
Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm Ecosolifer has been reported to be planning an 80MW module assembly plant in Brazil, using its proprietary amorphous silicon deposition technology on monocrystalline wafers produced at its plant in Csorna, Hungary.
CIGS thin-film producer Hulk Energy Technology (Hulk) is planning a single 200MW line expansion by the end of 2015, due to growing demand in Europe and the expectation of establishing a strong market in the US.
Singapore-based integrated PV manufacturer REC Solar, recently acquired by Elkem Bluestar, is undergoing site selection analysis for its next major capacity expansion.
The Brazilian senate has passed a bill to reduce the tax burden on imports of certain components and machinery used in the production of PV equipment.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
REC Silicon has revealed that it will halve production at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State as a result of the ongoing polysilicon trade dispute with China.
Zep Solar, the US rooftop PV mounting systems specialist backed by SolarCity, will launch its products into the UK market later this year, the company has told PV Tech.
A report, widely cited across financial media websites by PV trade publication PV Magazine that Yingli Green had halted production due to its financial position have been refuted in an email to PV Tech from its CFO, Yiyu Wang.
The Intersolar Europe trade show and EU PVSEC conference will be held at the same time and venue as of next year.
China-based anchor investor Sunpa Group of Companies is to invest in solar power generation and panel manufacturing in the Indian state of Karnataka.
A new chief operating officer has been chosen and approved at German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG.
Trina Solar has refuted reports that its manufacturing plans in Malaysia were opposed by government officials, but in the process revealed previously undisclosed details of the scale of its Malaysian OEM module deal.
A detailed preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the first half of 2015 indicates that little if any meaningful or ‘effective’ new plans were announced by Chinese producers for China.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
The government of Brazilian state Pernambuco is in negotiations with two unnamed solar panel manufacturers to set up facilities in the state, according to a local report.
China-based integrated PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar System expects to be operational with a planned 300MW annual capacity solar module assembly plant in Jackson, Mississippi in August 2015.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar had its plans to build a manufacturing plant in Malaysia opposed by a Malaysian government agency, according to news reports.
Green Energy Technology (GET), Taiwan’s largest wafer producer has signed an outsourcing agreement for ingot growing and wafer slicing with another Taiwan-based producer, Eversol.
The final steps in SunEdison’s spin-off of its semiconductor business – through which the company was originally founded before its ascent to being the biggest renewable energy developer in the world – look set to go ahead.
Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has inaugurated a test centre for diesel-PV hybrid energy systems at the company’s German headquarters.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) may be taking a cautious ‘wait-and-see’ approach to moving production outside Taiwan to circumvent US anti-dumping duties but its plan to launch a yieldco on the Hong Kong stock exchange reveals a more aggressive option to rekindle its business growth.