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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.
Tier-one PV manufacturer ReneSola has reported a significant decline in shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2015, due to a major shift in its business model downstream.
Chinese tier-1 PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology’s product testing laboratory has recently met TÜV SÜD’s on-site testing standards.
Leading semiconductor equipment supplier Applied Materials (AMAT) has confirmed to PV Tech that it is to close its Precision Wafering Systems (PWS) wire saw business, headquartered in Switzerland and stop development on its ‘Solion’ ion implant product.
PV and silicon equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics has reported increased sales in the first half of 2015, driven by revenue generated from the often delayed polysilicon plant project in Qatar for Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec).
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.
Renewable energy equipment provider ET Solar has announced a new slate of modules, tabbed as the “ET Smart Flex.”
The EU has increased anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass to a maximum of 75.4%. The highest original anti-dumping tariff was 36.1%.
Integrated PV manufacturer SolarWorld has re-purchased a PV module assembly line from JV partner and major shareholder Qatar Solar Technologies (QST).
PV encapsulant producer STR Holdings is battling continued losses, laclustre sales and second warning from NYSE regarding de-listing.
Major PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reported group sales of CHF124.4 million (US$127 million) in the first half of 2015, yet incoming orders topped CHF222.6 million (US$227.4 million), enabling the company to guide full-year sales of around CHF400 million (US$408 million).
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy’s financial results were impacted by a sharp decline in polysilicon prices in the second quarter of 2015.
Tawian-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) continued to operate plants above 95% in July, increasing sales 3.1% from the prior month.
Silicon PV and sapphire materials equipment supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said its long-standing CEO, Tom Gutierrez has resigned all positions at the company, which continues to operate under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics said that Hans Autenrieth and Peter Augustin are to set down from the management Board of the company at the end of the year.
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.
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.
Dow Corning said its polysilicon sales, via its majority owned subsidiary Hemlock Semiconductor declined in first half of 2015.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has axed further jobs and undertaken equipment write-downs at its sapphire substrate cutting plant in Colorado Springs, US, which was initially established to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire screens for its mobile phones through a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).
PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings could be the US front for its parent company, China-based project developer, Zhenfa Energy Group entering the US market.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy has received approval from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank for RMB825 million (US$133 million) in loans.
REC Silicon has revealed that it will halve production at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State as a result of the ongoing polysilicon trade dispute with China.
Solar power company Hanwha Q CELLS has agreed to a new solar module agreement with residential solar company Sunrun.