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Trina Solar reached PV module shipments in 2013 of approximately 2.58GW, over 1GW above shipment levels achieved in 2012. Due to expected strong demand in 2014, the company guided shipments to increase a further 1GW to between 3.6GW to 3.8GW.
In an effort to boost India’s slumping PV market, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SEIC) is planning to construct a 1GW solar park in Andhra Pradesh state along with adjoining PV manufacturing facilities.
A JV PV module assembly plant (Vitec Global Solar) between ReneSola and semiconductor and electrical products supplier, Vitec will produce Virtus II modules at the plant in Japan with an annual nameplate capacity of 80MW.
SunEdison is teaming with the Global Academy of Technology (GAT) based in Bangalore to create a research and development facility at the college’s Bengaluru campus.
After establishing PV projects in areas such as North America, SunEdison is finally making its way to the UK, as the manufacturing giant is constructing four PV plants in the UK.
Running at full-capacity and benefiting from the weakness of remaining European module manufacturing competitors in Europe, REC Solar ASA is planning to expand capacity 1GW in 2014 and a further 300MW in 2015 to meet demand.
An Australian energy consultancy has signed a deal with the Sri Lankan government to develop a US$190 million PV cell and module factory.
Nigeria’s first module manufacturing plant has been completed and is now operational.
A fire was reported to have occurred at a solar cell manufacturing line at Canadian Solar’s production facility in Suzhou, China according to Chinese websites and video footage.
Market research firm, IHS, has reiterated its forecast that PV capital spending would increase by 42% from the lows of 2013 and reach US$3.37 billion in 2014.
SunEdison’s recently announced feasibility study to potentially establish a fully integrated PV manufacturing complex, including FBR polysilicon production in partnership with the Saudi Arabian government may be closer to reality than previously thought.
Chinese tier one manufacturer ReneSola will open a manufacturing base in Japan, in partnership with electronics trading company Vitec.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has guided capital expenditure (capex) plans for 2014 that are nearly double spending in 2013.
First Solar’s third annual NOVA awards for suppliers have been handed out, with the thin-film manufacturer recognising the contribution of four companies in “providing enduring value to First Solar’s manufacturing and EPC project activities”.
Tier one PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, is acquiring a majority shareholding in Hubei Hongyuan PV Science and Technology, a solar cell producer in China.