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Seraphim Solar System is working with CUMT (China University of Mining and Technology) and CIET (Changzhou Institute of Engineering Technology) to design and produce the solar-powered roof system that is best tailored for Chinese style houses.
California led new PV installations in the US with a record 521MW of solar installed in the last three months. The US as a whole installed 978MW during the quarter.
To benefit from a new feed-in tariff (FiT) system to be introduced in Indonesia, Canadian Solar is planning to partner with local PV module manufacturer, PT Swadaya Prima Utama on a proposed 60MW plant.
Distressed capital management firms, Clearwater Capital Partners and Spinnaker Capital are working with Suntech Power Holdings to prepare a major restructuring plan for the ailing PV module manufacturing, including downsizing through asset sales and a recapitalisation that could mean majority share takeover by unidentified investors.
Leading machine vision systems specialist, ISRA Vision has hinted at further PV equipment acquisitions and a whiff of recovery in equipment enquiries within the PV sector in reporting third quarter financial year results.
Despite raising second quarter 2013 shipment guidance significantly, ReneSola exceeded the figure and reported record shipment volume of wafers and modules totalling 849.3MW.
Yingli Green Energy reported second quarter 2013 revenue of US$550.4 million, up 26.1% from the prior quarter, helped by increased shipments and stable pricing.
The EU-China price undertaking designed to settle the long-running anti-dumping investigation will “fundamentally change the game”, according to German solar manufacturer Centrosolar.
Panasonic Corporation said it had started full-scale production of its ‘HIT’ PV modules at its new integrated facility in Malaysia. The plant has an initial nameplate capacity of 300MW.
Running at near full-capacity for the first time since 2010, JA Solar’s quarterly revenue for six consecutive quarters has basically flatlined.
Lightsource Renewable Energy has penned a series of contracts with Renesola that will see the Chinese manufacturer supply 69.5MW of modules to the UK developer.
A PV project in Rajastan is to receive 5MW of Sungrow Power Supply’s wall-mounted string inverter SG30KTL pieces.
Conergy has sold four sales units to Kawa Capital Management in the first phase of a deal to transfer all the company’s sales operations.
JinkoSolar has supplied Canada’s largest rooftop PV installation with 2.3MW of modules.
The European Commission has confirmed that it has concluded its investigation into unfair subsidies for the Chinese solar energy manufacturing industry.
Disharmony amongst the executive ranks at struggling Suntech Power Holdings would seem to have reached a peak with the immediate exit of several key directors.
With previous guidance given on developing between 50MW - 100MW of PV projects in 2013, JA Solar is significantly boosting its plans for next year with agreements from the Hebei Provincial Development to develop three 100MW projects.
In an attempt to debunk recent reports from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and IHS over the timing and location of the next wave of PV equipment capital spending, NPD Solarbuzz expects the upturn to be delayed due to PV module manufacturers adopting ‘fabless’ and ‘virtual manufacturing’ strategies through to the second-half of 2014.
Improving technology not the falling cost of materials will be the dominant factor in the ongoing fall in costs of Chinese module manufacturers, according to a report by GTM Research.
LDK Solar reported second quarter 2013 results that continued to produce heavy losses and weak sales, while its cash levels plummeted to only US$85.1 million, down from US$174.1 million in the first quarter.
The uptake of residential solar PV systems has elevated installation rates to one installation every four minutes in 2013 and could rise to one system every 83 seconds by 2016, according to leading industry analysts.
A 5.21MW rooftop solar project built by Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain, Migros-Verteilbetrieb Neuendorf, said to be the country’s largest PV plant, is now grid-connected and fully operational.
Chinese PV manufacturers are now the leading module suppliers in seven of the world’s 10 top PV regions, shipment figures for the past year reveal.
Komax Group has announced it is pulling out of the solar industry by selling its module assembly equipment arm, Komax Solar.
M+W Americas has bought the US subsidiary of struggling German firm Gehrlicher Solar.
Toshiba International has begun construction on a 4MW solar project on the island of St Croix with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA).
A deal to provide 23MW of PV modules has been agreed between PV manufacturer JinkoSolar and the US firms Swinerton Builders and Clenera, for use in the construction of a solar farm in Fresno, northern California.
California-based concentrated PV (CPV) manufacturer Amonix claims to have beaten a record it set earlier this year by achieving a 35.9% efficiency rate for a CPV module.
US thin-film module manufacturer First Solar and Australian PV developer and installer Ingenero have formed a partnership agreement aimed at serving the market in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has been awarded ‘carbon footprint’ certificates by the French engineering firm Solstyce that will allow its customers to enter the tender process for projects in France above the 250kW threshold.
PV will account for 3.6% of installed power generation globally by 2020, according to market analyst and advisor, Frost & Sullivan’s Annual Renewable Outlook 2013.
A leading venture capital firm is considering making its first investment in an early-stage solar start-up despite seeing its competitors lose hundreds of millions of dollars.
Trina Solar has said geographic diversification and pricing stabilisation helped it decrease its losses and post stronger than expected shipments in the second quarter of 2013.
Chinese solar cell producer JA Solar’s new p-type mono-crystalline silicon (‘mono-Si’) solar cells have surpassed a conversion effiency of 20%, as verified by the PV calibration laboratory at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE), Freiburg, Germany.
The minimum price per Watt imposed on Chinese PV module imports into the EU will feel much higher to installers and developers than the deal suggests, according to the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE).
The petition made by state-owned electricity distributor Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL) to cut the rate it pays for energy from 88 solar projects by 28% has been rejected.
China-based PV manufacturer Seraphim Solar System has launched its AC Solaris and Polaris systems to the global market.
PV manufacturer Canadian Solar is to supply its modules to what will be the largest commercial PV project on the Leeward Islands of St Kitts & Nevis.
Duke Energy Renewables has acquired ‘The Sunset Resovoir’ 3.5MW solar project in San Francisco from developers Recurrent Energy.
CIGS thin-film module manufacturer Stion has revealed a 10W performance improvement in its panels.
Solar project developer, investor and manufacturer Photon Energy has announced it is assessing financing options ahead of a planned expansion and IPO in the first quarter of 2014.
Both tier 1 PV module manufacturers, JA Solar and Canadian Solar are raising funds to the tune of US$96 million and US$50 million respectively.
Eleven hectares of PV roof solar has been installed in Germany with the project becoming the largest self-consumption solar plant in Europe.
Major equipment supplier to the PV industry, Meyer Burger has reported a better than expected order intake in the last six-weeks, citing it as a “turning point in customer behaviour.”
Three directors have resigned from Chinese PV manufacturer Hareon three days after it announced a 19% drop in revenue for the first half of 2013 compared to last year.
Taiwanese module manufacturer Winaico has claimed its panels achieved the highest efficiency by cost during trials at the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre (DKASC).
The cost of installing PV in the USA fell during 2012 and the first half of this year, according to Tracking the Sun VI: An Historical Summary of the Installed Price of Photovoltaics in the United States from 1998 to 2012.
Tier 1 Chinese PV module manufacturer, JinkoSolar reported increased shipments, sales and margins for the second-quarter of 2013, while revising upwards shipment guidance for the full-year.
PV equipment specialist, Spire Corporation reported second-quarter 2013 sales of US$3.6 million, up slightly from US$2.6 million in the prior quarter.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy has signed two contracts to supply 9.9MW of solar modules in Romania with EPC firm Bester Generacion.