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Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group reported a 20% revenue drop from the sale of 125mm x 125mm monocrystalline solar wafers, primarily to its largest customer, SunPower in 2014.
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reported group sales of US$4.8 billion and returned to a profit of US$277.9 million in 2014, operating its polysilicon and solar wafer operations at full capacity.
PV and polysilicon equipment specialist centrotherm Group returned reported a return to profitability in 2014 on the back of recovering sales of €189.2 million, driven by an upturn in revenue from PV equipment sales and progress on building a polysilicon plant in Qatar.
Chinese manufacturer Suntech has confirmed that a proposed new manufacturing facility in South Africa remains on hold until details of the fourth round of the country’s national renewable energy programme are finalised.
Major tier-one PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has said it would not be adding new manufacturing capacity in 2015 as it focuses on its high debt ratios and need to restructure over US$2 billion of its US$4 billion debt this year.
Polysilicon producer, Silicor Materials, has signed German conglomerate, SMS Siemag, to equip and fit out a planned new low-cost plant in Iceland.
Major construction and engineering firm Fluor Corporation has been awarded the contract to build the Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong REC Silicon Materials Co., Ltd., (TianREC) fluidised bed reactor polysilicon plant in China.
Module manufacturer Suntech appears to have rowed back on plans to establish a manufacturing hub in South Africa.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy reported slight increase in revenue for February, bucking the seasonal trend for the month.
Solarwatt, a German-based module manufacturer, has officially acquired the French subsidiary of German Centrosolar.
Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer E-Ton Solar Tech sales almost dropped 50% in February.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend expects PV module pricing to stabilise and production utilisation rates improve after China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) raised the country’s overall PV installation target from 15GW to 17.8GW in 2015.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has finally said its first major overseas solar cell and module manufacturing facility is based in Penang, Malaysia.
SunEdison has expanded its monocrystalline solar cell purchases from Korea-based producer, Shinsung Solar Energy.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has been impacted by a serious fire at its wafer production facility at the National Shangrao Economic and Technical Development Zone in Jianxi Province, China.
The recent momentum Egypt has seen building behind its efforts to adopt clean energy technologies has gathered pace with the signing of outline deals for over 5GW of solar projects.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Smit Ovens has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands to restructure its operations.
SolarWorld is planning to add a total of 500MW of monocrystalline ingot production at the former Bosch solar manufacturing facilities in Arnstadt, Germany, and upgrade all 700MW of solar cell production at the site to next-generation PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar is planning to partner on both solar cell and module production in Southeast Asia to expand its shipments to the US market and avoid anti-dumping duties.
SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy developer is to purchase diamond wire saw technology from tool maker Meyer Burger.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger said it would be adding further in-house capacity to meet strong demand for its MB PERC upgrade cell technology, primarily due to orders received for its MAiA 2.1 system platform.
Photon Energy has signed a contract to take on the operations and maintenance of five large-scale solar power plants in the Czech Republic.
SolarWorld will use the first anniversary of the acquisition of former solar cell and module production plants owned by Bosch to announce further expansions.
PV OEM power distribution products producer Bentek has increased its manufacturing capacity by 40% with the opening of a new facility in San Jose, California.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies said its solar segment order intake had surpassed €50 million in the first quarter 2015.