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Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he may be willing to compromise on the amount of a proposed surcharge on residential self-consumption of solar electricity.
Aleo solar has reported negative operational earnings of almost 74% in its full-year report for 2013 while revenues have fallen by over 55%, as the company prepares to enter liquidation.
Korean-based materials and PV project developer, OCI has reported a new quarterly record in polysilicon shipments and higher average selling prices (ASPS), reflecting the continued strong demand in the PV industry in the first quarter of 2014.
Major CIS thin-film producer, Solar Frontier, is considering establishing a production plant in Buffalo, New York after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).
GE’s CdTe thin-film manufacturing equipment from its facilities in Colorado, US is to go under the hammer in an online auction beginning on 8 May 2014.
Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green, is providing an unidentified France-based PV module manufacturer with its polycrystalline solar cells.
Bankrupt PV module manufacturer Shanghai Chaori Solar has stopped production at its Shanghai headquarters as customers cancel orders and it struggles to generate cash flow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specialist equipment supplier Robert Bürkle has supplied a further two ‘Ypsator’ 1722-7 lamination lines to OEM module manufacturer, Jabil Poland.
Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is expecting capital expenditure to reach US$213 million in 2014 as it targets expansion of capacity from ingot/wafer through to 1GW of extra module capacity.
Guangyu International, based in Hong Kong, has invested US$200 million in Norwegian solar-grade silicon wafer producer, Elkem Solar, for a 50% stake in the company. The company said that the deal had been in the making for some time.
Major photovoltaics energy provider, SunEdison, has claimed to have reached a new milestone by hitting 1GW of outsourced PV module production in less than three years.
Tier one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), is selling a non-active facility to major shareholding affiliate company, China Electric Equipment Group (CEEG).
The top 50 module manufacturers are to add 10GW of new capacity in 2014, predicts PV Pulse.
The founder, shareholder and current chairman and CEO of LDK Solar, Xiaofeng Peng is being forced into personal bankruptcy proceedings by Apollo Investment Asia Limited to the tune of US$75.5 million, according to SEC filings made on behalf of the company’s liquidators in the Cayman Islands.
Renusol America announced that two of its solar mounting systems, the Renusol CS60 and the VS system, have been chosen to be installed on 36 out of 80 buildings that are part of a 2MW PV energy initiative in Kansas City, Missouri.
Duke Energy Renewables has granted turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to Swinerton Renewable Energy for its Pumpjack and Wildwood PV projects located in Bakersfield, California.
Dutch consumer electronics company Philips will open a new innovation centre in Kenya which will look into improving African lives through research and development into technologies including solar power and LED lighting technology.
Market research firm, IHS has made further tweaks to its PV manufacturing capital expenditure forecast, highlighting another US$430 million is expected to be spent in 2014 with the total reaching US$3.8 billion by year-end.
As part of the expected IPO of SunEdison’s semiconductor wafer and polysilicon operations into SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (SSL), Samsung Fine Chemicals is planning to purchase US$100 million in shares in the spin-off company in private placement.
Shunfeng Photovoltaics is expected to need US$1.26 billion in working capital requirements for the next 12 months once its takeover of Wuxi Suntech is finalised, financial filings reveal.