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Firefighters responded to an emergency at one of Apple’s facilities in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday afternoon after a blaze broke out in an area of solar panels fitted to the roof of the building.
China-based monocystalline wafer producer Xian Longi Silicon Materials Company is partnering with local authorities in Shanting District, Shandong Province, China to provide PV projects totalling 400MW.
Consumer electronics and PV materials manufacturer Panasonic will invest ¥9.5 billion to expand its solar cell and module production lines in its home country of Japan by 150MW a year.
Integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld said its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology had proved a big hit in the US market and would reach 430MW of production capacity at its US-based plant in Hillsboro, US in the second quarter of 2015.
PV module encapsulant supplier STR Holding has resorted to accepting PV modules as payment worth approximately US$7.4 million for encapsulant material supplied to a Chinese PV module manufacturer.
Sharp Corporation reported its Solar Cells unit significantly increased sales and operating income in FY2014 due to strong domestic demand and its shift to downstream PV mega-solar project business.
The acquisition of PV module manufacturer REC Solar was said to have been completed by Norway-based Elkem Group, owned by Chinese investment firm China National Bluestar Group.
High-tech equipment manufacturer Manz sees “significant opportunities for growth” in both its solar and energy storage business segments, according to statements released to accompany first quarter results for 2015.
A former polysilicon supply deal between Wacker Chemie and SunEdison, formerly MEMC, which went sour, has been settled.
Horizontal tracking systems provided by IdeemaTec Deutschland GmbH will be utilised by the Jordanian government programme for renewable energies in three projects — totaling 43.5MW.
Renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch has selected technology and products from First Solar for its 12MW solar power project — which is expected to generate power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) in East Camden, Arkansas.
Polysilicon producer REC Silicon reported a 48% decline in polysilicon sales in the first quarter of 2015, driven by a number of negative impacts.
Ecoppia, a developer of water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now operational on five PV installations in the Middle East — comprising of over 35MW of installed capacity.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie said its capacity could reach around 80,000MT by 2017 as it optimises production in Germany and ramps its new plant in
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.