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China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has awarded accreditation to Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology.
Global capital spending in the PV industry is expected to increase at a higher rate than previously expected, says market research firm IHS.
Having been granted a provisional liquidation order in the Cayman Islands, Suntech Power Holdings has also appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to support its restructuring efforts.
The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais is in line to become home to the country’s first PV cell and module manufacturing plant.
Hoku Materials’ never-used polysilicon plant in Idaho has sold at auction for US$5.3 million. The company had invested an estimated US$700 million in the facility.
Despite increased shipments and sales reported in its second quarter (FY) results, China Sunergy has been forced to lower quarterly and full-year guidance due Chinese banks tightening credit facilities, restricting the company’s ability to purchase materials and products for production.
Soon after REC split its polysilicon and PV module manufacturing operations into separate companies, REC Silicon is to reduce its workforce by approximately 60 across all locations, with immediate effect.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic International has successfully acquired the PV manufacturing operations of Suntech Wuxi with administrator approval for around US$490 million. Suntech Wuxi had debts of more than US$2.3 billion.
The Colorado manufacturing facility of Abound Solar, which went bankrupt, has been reported by US news outlets as having left toxic and hazardous waste behind that could cost as much as US$3.7 million to clean up.
A common theme at PV Taiwan 2013, being held in Taipei this week, has been a series of solar cell and module manufacturers cautiously planning incremental production capacity expansions as the global PV market demand continues to pick up.
A tier one cell manufacturer has ordered a second RENA-SoLayTec machine to start producing Passivated Emitter and Rear Cells (PERC) cells.
Wafer manufacturer, Green Energy Technology (GET), has said that its PV module manufacturing subsidiary, Apollo Solar Energy, is to expand production.
Two US PV manufacturers have announced milestones in the outsourced production of their equipment, suggesting the ‘fab-less’ and ‘asset-lite’ business model exist in the PV industry.
Chinese module manufacturer, Jinko Solar, signed a strategic agreement last week to build what is said will be China’s largest distributed PV plant.
Struggling PV systems supplier, CENTROSOLAR, is seeking creditor protection via the Local Court of Hamburg.