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Updated: Major renewable energy firm SunEdison experienced a silane leak that caused an explosion and fire at its granular polysilicon plant in Pasadena, Texas on Friday, October 2 injuring four workers carrying out maintenance work, according to reports.
SolarCity has claimed the highest module efficiencies with 22.04% conversion efficiencies.
PV manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said it was upgrading and migrating 200MW of solar cell capacity to PERL (Passivated Emitter, Rear Locally diffused) technology.
Updated: Struggling Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member Yingli Green has said it will have to restructure a repayment plan for US$157 million, due in October.
Indian industrial firm Adani Group and China’s largest independent polysilicon to power plants group, GCL have signed an agreement to develop both upstream and downstream PV operations in India as well as collaborating on a range of energy projects such as wind and LNG terminals.
Sales of PV manufacturing equipment saw strong growth in the second quarter of this year, according to figures released by semiconductor trade body SEMI.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build and operate a 500MW solar cell and module production plant.
China-based monocrystalline ingot/wafer producer, Solargiga Energy Holdings is relocating and centralising monocrystalline ingot and wafer production to cut costs.
PV module manufacturer aleo solar, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based wafer producer Sino American Silicon Products (SAS), is to expand into producing 200MW of solar cells at its plant in Germany.
Large-area solar simulation systems specialist Eternal Sun has supplied the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) with a solar-PV testing laboratory that includes a hot-spot measuring technology upgrade.
The parent company of PV manufacturer Tianwei New Energy has filed for bankruptcy dragging the company into the proceedings.
US-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon has warned it may be forced to completely shut down its Moses Lake production plant with the loss of around 400 jobs due to the ongoing imposition by China of high import duties on polysilicon.
Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has introduced a new solar PV target of 7GW capacity by 2024, almost doubling its previous target.
Charges have been dismissed in a lawsuit against SunEdison that was brought by SunPower, which had alleged that its former employees had committed offences when leaving join its rival, including computer misuse and fraud.
Iceland’s prime minister has welcomed news that Silicor Materials has taken a step closer to establishing its “low cost” commercial-scale solar silicon plant, securing US$105 million of equity capital agreements.
China-based PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar is expecting its first overseas facility (300MW) in Jackson, Mississippi to be operational in November, 2015 and plans at expand capacity to 1GW over the next three years.
Major monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed land and development contracts with the Yinchuan Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee to build a 3GW monocrystalline silicon facility in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
The precarious financial position of major tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green was further highlighted in its second quarter financial results and subsequent earnings call with financial analysts.
Solar, storage and clean energy testing and accreditation house Fraunhofer ISE has claimed that its newest reference photovoltaic cell “significantly reduces” measurement uncertainty and can be used to take accurate field measurements of solar insolation.
China-based integrated PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun has won a major module supply deal with India-based project developer ACME Cleantech Solutions totalling 222MW.
Brazil must establish a “specific industrial policy” for domestic PV manufacturing so it can produce the 2GW of solar equipment necessary to operate 61 solar plants planned for 2017, according to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar).
According to PV Tech’s preliminary analysis, global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the month of August 2015 neatly totalled 1,000MW, down over 72% from 3,680MW in the previous month, but significantly higher than announcements made in August 2014, which only totalled 50MW.
Elkem Solar, the new owner of REC Solar, will partially reopen a wafer plant in Porsgrunn, Norway, with the creation of 80 new jobs.
Major downstream renewables firm, SunEdison, is to build a PV module assembly plant in Brazil, Reuters has reported.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar and India’s Essel Infraprojects are planning to build a solar cell production plant ahead of a PV module assembly plant, according to Bloomberg.