- Industry Roundup
- Fab & Facilities
- Cell Processing
- Thin Film
- PV Modules
- Power Generation
Utility-scale renewables developer, Energy Capital Group (EGC), has announced the development of a 300MW plant in Millard County, Utah.
Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 on a 155MW PV project in Ghana, said to be Africa’s largest PV power plant to date.
PV companies should wait until February of next year before signing contracts for recycling or for the provision of services aimed at meeting the revised directive of the European Council on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), say German electronic waste services firm Take-e-way.
Further boardroom disputes at struggling Suntech Power Holdings would seem to have resulted in another major exit, this time acting head of the company, David King.
Global solar installations increased 20% to reach 8.5GW in the second quarter of 2013, according to market research firm, IHS. Shipments in the first quarter were 7.1GW.
Market research firm, IHS has produced its latest top 10 rankings list of PV module manufacturers for the first-half of 2013, which show Chinese firms continue to gain market share, while major US-based firms are not keeping pace.
LDK Solar, the ailing PV manufacturer, has employed global investment banking firm, Jefferies LLC, for strategic advice regarding its debt repayments.
German-based PV module manufacturer and project developer, aleo solar, is withdrawing from the US market due to its operations continuing to be unprofitable, according to a short company statement.
Spanish renewable energy developer, Hunter Technology (Huntec), has been chosen to install two PV projects in Ecaudor for operator Solarig.
The resolution of the EU-China trade dispute is expected to bring greater stability to the market for PV, according to a report authored by Raj Prabhu, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Mercom Capital.
Module manufacturer Jinko Solar has completed 30MW of grid-connected PV projects in China’s Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces.
Following the collaboration between Conergy and TÜV Rheinland in establishing verifiable procedures to provide the highest possible standards from design through to commissioning of PV power plants in 2012, First Solar and VDE Americas have implemented a similar system.
Total module shipments from Japanese companies in the first quarter of the 2013 financial year increased 304% compared to the same period last year, according to figures published by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Blistering growth rates of US solar may be showing signs of levelling off even though installation levels remain strong and cumulative capacity will surpass 10GW by the end of the year, according to new figures released today by GTM Research with the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Proinso sales in India have passed the 62MW mark, according to the company.
WIRSOL has started construction on a 64MW solar project in the Dominican Republic, the largest solar project in the Caribbean.
EC-L SA, Chilean developer subsidiary of electricity distributors GDF Suez, has filed an environmental impact statement for a 300MW PV plant in Chile.
Yingli Green Energy is supplying a new PV power plant project being built by the State Grid Corporation of China with 28MW of modules.
Taking advantage of a general run-up in solar sector shares on both the NASDAQ and NYSE, several leading companies are planning to sell new tranches of stock, including Yingli Green, SunEdison and GT Advanced Technologies.
A surge in PV demand across the Americas is likely but it will require policy changes to support it, according to a report by NPD SolarBuzz.
JinkoSolar has scooped a massive solar module supply deal for several utility-scale PV power plant projects led by renewable energy company, Acciona.
Projects being developed by Panasonic Eco Solutions North America will use 3.4MW of ReneSola’s multicrystalline modules, the first time its modules have been selected by Panasonic.
A 320MW hybrid hydro-solar power station in China’s Qinghai Province will be partially supplied modules from JA Solar in September.
Continued strong demand from Japan and South Africa as well as tolling modules for Hanwha Q CELLS supported improving business conditions at Hanwha SolarOne in the second quarter of 2013.
Australian PV distributor, Solar360 is partnering with Chinese module manufacturer, Seraphim Solar System to distribute its full range of products, including high efficiency mono and multicrystalline modules.
An audit performed by TUV SUD will enable ReneSola’s Jiangsu Product Center Laboratory to perform onsite potential induced degradation (PID) tests and obtain TUV SUD accreditation for future PV modules. The company is the first in China to be certified by TUV SUD for PID testing.
Reinhard Wecker, the former founder and CEO of insolvent module manufacturer, Asola Solarpower GmbH has acquired Asola Automotive Solar Germany GmbH and Asola Quantum Solarpower GmbH, the BIPV division of Asola. Financial details were not disclosed.
China’s PV standards body has formed a partnership with an international testing and certification body as it looks to improve services for Chinese manufacturers.
A joint venture firm has been created between First Solar and BELECTRIC to pursue the building of PV power plants in Europe, North Africa and the US.
A Paris-based centre for recycling solar modules has abandoned its operations in PV waste management, citing increasingly difficult regulatory and market conditions.
California yesterday released a proposal for a 1.325GW target for energy storage by 2020 that could boost solar adoption rates in the state.
The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs continues to gather pace with the announcement this week of the acquisition of one of California’s largest distributed energy companies by Solar Universe, a franchise that leases and sells rooftop systems.
JinkoSolar has secured a 23MW module order for the Westland Solar Farm in Fresno County, California.
Solon Energy has said it is to supply around 8,800 PV modules for a 2.2MW roof-mounted PV project in Bucharest, Romania.
PV manufacturer SolarWorld is taking the United States government to court for allegedly failing to enforce trade policies against Chinese PV imports into the country.
Said to be needed to improve the chances of gaining project finance and sell projects, CPV specialist Soitec has used Munich Re for its modules performance-warranty insurance.
In an effort to be able to support the manufacture of better PV products and certification for outsourcing customers, third-party manufacturer, Celestica has opened a PV testing lab in Toronto, Canada.
Production scale rather than low labour costs has driven China’s boom in manufacturing PV modules, according to a joint report released today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
SolarWorld Americas has begun work on solar carports at four public parks in Thousand Oaks, California.
Renewable energy developer Juwi has signed contracts with investors Hisun PV to build two power plants in Romania.
Spanish solar manufacturer Isofotón has claimed to have filled its order book for the remainder of 2013 as a result of the EU and China’s anti-dumping measures.
India’s ministry of new and renewable energy announced the approval of a new solar research and technology institute.
Grid connected wind and solar statistics reveal France has added 207MW of PV capacity in the first half of 2013.
The merger of DelSolar and continued strong demand for solar cells pushed Neo Solar Power’s (NSP) monthly sales pass NT$2 billion (US$67.2 million) in August, 2013 the second time sales reached that level since March, 2011.
China Sunergy’s monocrystalline solar cell reached 20.26%, setting a new record for conversion efficiency
PV Cycle Deutschland will be responsible for all PV Cycle operations in Germany; including aiding German PV manufacturers to fulfill waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations.
Sharp’s European PV module manufacturing operations, based in Wrexham, UK are running at near full nameplate capacity of 400MW, due to demand across Europe in the residential market, according to the company.
Italian minister of economic development, Flavio Zanon has announced reforms to Italy’s renewable energy incentives that will lengthen the payment period and release €3 billion to lower electricity bills.
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.