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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.
Roth & Rau, technology and product subsidiary of PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger, is to be renamed to bring it further into the fold of the parent company.
The largest polysilicon producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings increased production of both polysilicon and solar wafers to offset ASP declines that limited first half year revenue and profits.
PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) said in reporting first half 2015 financial results that it would be restructuring its operations with the loss of around 2,000 jobs, 37% of its workforce of 5,458 at the end of the reporting period.
Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises said in a financial filing in response to a query by Indian exchange, BSE, that its MoU with SunEdison that includes a US$3 billion JV investment in PV manufacturing facilities in India remained “subsisting”.
Tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has taken the unusual step of issuing only piecemeal preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2015 and delaying full quarterly results until September 8.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has backed teams working on 11 new solar technologies based on micro-CPV (concentrated PV), awarding funding of between just under US$1 million and US$3.5 million to each.
Indian solar market observers have downplayed the likely impact of a World Trade Organization ruling against local content policies in the country’s flagship solar programme.
German engineering association VDMA is to take over the coordination of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) from global semiconductor association, SEMI.
According to Dutch media reports, Heerlen, Netherlands based solar cell producer, Solland Solar, a subsidiary of Italian industrial firm Pufin Group, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Taiwan-based CIGS thin-film module producer TSMC Solar, a subsidiary of leading semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp is to close its manufacturing plant at the end of August and exit the solar PV market.
Chinese tier-1 PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology’s product testing laboratory has recently met TÜV SÜD’s on-site testing standards.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has raised its module shipment guidance for the full-year. The company expects shipments to be in the range of 4.0GW to 4.5GW, up from previous guidance of 3.3GW to 3.8GW.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries has secured NT$6.4 billion (US$196 million) in a new syndicated financing round.
India is expected to install 2.5GW of solar in 2015, significantly up from the previous forecast of 2GW, under the latest quarterly ‘India Solar Market Update’ from Mercom Capital Group.
Module manufacturer Silfab Solar is to increase production and expand its PV module manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada from 180MW to 300MW capacity.
The venture capital investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia has picked out Solexel, a manufacturer of thin monocrystalline solar as a prospect, contributing to a recently closed funding round for the US company.
Integrated PV manufacturer SolarWorld has re-purchased a PV module assembly line from JV partner and major shareholder Qatar Solar Technologies (QST).
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies has dropped plans to build an initial 25MW plant in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China.
SolarCity’s Silevo gigafactory in Buffalo, New York State is taking shape with Governor Andrew Cuomo taking part in a “topping off” ceremony.
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy is to expand its Xinjiang polysilicon plant capacity by around 8,000MT per annum to bring capacity up to 18,000MT with the expansion expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Singapore-based tier-1 PV manufacturer REC Solar, part of Chinese investment firm Elkem Bluestar provided bullish business figures for the second quarter of 2015.
Wacker’s polysilicon sales may have reached a new peak for the first time in three years in the first quarter of 2015, yet sales declined almost 10% in the second quarter, held up significantly by further penalty payments by customers on terminated long-term supply deals.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said it had secured more than US$62 million in a loan agreement with The Export-Import Bank of China (TEIBC) to support long-term fixed assets and mid-term working capital for its recently started Malaysia facility. The company said it had already drawn down the US$62 million loan.
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.