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Renewable project developer, Invenergy Solar Development, has acquired semiconductor manufacturer Soitec’s 7MW solar plant.
Although the shutdown of its Sichuan Phase I polysilicon production line impacted profitability in 2013, tier one PV manufacturer, ReneSola reported a 142.5% year-on-year increase in PV module shipments, reaching 1,728.8MW with plans to reach 2.5GW in 2014.
Manufacturer and utility solar project developer, First Solar and the Native American Moapa Paiute Tribe have started the construction of a 250MW solar power plant.
JA Solar has received certification from TÜV Rheinland which gives assurances of the quality of the company’s module design, production and product warranty for sale in the Japanese market.
Due to a fall in feed-in tariff (FiT) rates, return on investment (ROI) for large PV power plants in Japan could fall this year by as much as 5% compared to last year, according to Taiwan-based analysis firm EnergyTrend.
Shunfeng Photovoltaics is expected to need US$1.26 billion in working capital requirements for the next 12 months once its takeover of Wuxi Suntech is finalised, financial filings reveal.
Falling module prices and system costs will help propel global PV deployment to 500GW by 2018 as the industry returns to profitability, new analysis suggests.
Sunways, a German subsidiary of stricken Chinese firm LDK Solar, has entered insolvency proceedings for the second time.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger, has finally stripped away its long-standing tool order backlog from its balance sheet as sales plummeted in 2013 and losses increased.
Egypt’s new prime minister, Ibrahim Melheb has stressed the need for solar energy development in the country, according to a report on Egypt’s state information service (SIS).
First Solar has revealed a new total area module efficiency record for its CdTe thin-film technology of 17%, a significant increase from 16.1%, set in April 2013.
German firm Belectric’s organic PV arm is teaming up with paint manufacturer, Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke (DAW), to develop new building-integrated PV (BIPV) technologies.
PV module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has supplied 6.2MW of its 72-cell solar modules (HSL72) to Spanish-based companies Cobra and Gransolar for a new solar park located in Rio Hondo, Las Cruces, Guatemala.
First Solar and local partner Shams Ma’an Power Generation have agreed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 52.5MW PV power plant in Jordan.
Yingli Green Energy has reported fourth quarter results in line with its recently revised guidance, while targeting shipments in 2014 of between 4-4.2GW.
A 150MW cell and module factory to be built in Sri Lanka will help an unnamed US manufacturer expand its reach in South East and South Asia, according to the consultancy behind the development.
The fifth edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) released today, continues to emphasise the critical need to reduce material costs from wafers to modules, but also highlights the need for increased cell efficiencies and higher throughput fabrication equipment as material cost reductions get harder to implement.
Japanese solar module maker Kyocera has announced that it will begin supplying a monocrystalline panel to the Japanese residential rooftop solar market.
Insolvent German PV supplier Centrosolar has failed to secure sufficient creditor backing for a rescue plan for the stricken company.
Suntech Singapore has failed to pay the US$263.9 million awarded to Suntech Power Holdings subsidiary Power Solar System (PSS).
Engineering advisory firm DNV GL has signed an agreement to acquire PV Evolution Labs (PVEL).
UK industry group the Solar Trade Association (STA) has issued a briefing note to its members, warning them of the dangers of purchasing modules that appear to have evaded the imposition of EU solar duties.
US thin-film developer First Solar will host its analyst day on Wednesday, at which Deutsche Bank expects the company to offer “upbeat” targets for the coming years up to 2016.
Major tier one PV manufacturer JA Solar reported better than guided shipments for the fourth quarter of 2013, while ending two years of quarterly losses on revenue of US$357.3 million.
Yingli Solar will provide Solarcentury with 10MW of modules for a project on the Isle of Sheppey in the UK.
The US and China are close to opening formal negotiations based on the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) draft settlement of the ongoing solar trade dispute between the two countries, according to officials from both sides.
At GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) ‘New Product and Technology Briefing’ the company provided further insight into its “game-changing” ‘Merlin’ cell metallization and interconnect technology, which the company said it expected first customer purchase orders in the second-half of 2014. The company projected a possible US$1 billion sales market for the technology by 2018.
Shunfeng Photovoltaics has announced a second delay to its acquisition of Wuxi Suntech.
Those looking to invest in the construction of solar farms in Europe should be wary of attempting to circumvent the EU-China solar trade agreement, a major EPC and consultancy firm has warned.
Dubbed ‘Merlin,’ GT Advanced Technologies has launched a c-Si solar cell metallisation and interconnect technology that it claims will boost conversion efficiencies while lowering production costs via significantly reduced silver paste consumption.
Bosch has said that its PV module assembly plant in Vénissieux, France is near being sold as talks with an unidentified potential investor were described as having reached “an advanced stage”.
The Swiss Federal Council has approved changes to the country’s energy regulations that will allow small PV system owners to consume the electricity they generate.
Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.
Taiwan-based PV module manufacturer, Motech Industries reported February 2014 revenue of NT$1,903 million (US$62.8 million), up over 90% from the same period a year ago.
The MoU is for 7.5GW of solar installations, with 5GW in the region of Ladakh and 2.5GW in the town of Kargil.
JA Solar’s PV module shipments are projected to grow at a strong 44% CAGR through 2015, according to ROTH Capital equity analyst, Philip Shen.
Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has signed an agreement to supply PV modules to an unnamed 27.5MW solar power station in Israel which has received conditional feed-in tariff (FiT) approval from Israeli authorities.
International module manufacturer, Upsolar, has announced the establishment of two new offices in Istanbul and Singapore.
PV producer Canadian Solar has officially opened the doors of a new module factory in London, Ontario.
Indian PV manufacturer Indosolar has asked to have its debt restructured because it says low equipment prices mean it is unable to make a profit.
Germany-based module manufacturer, asola, has signed a number of building integrated photovoltiacs (BIPV) orders.
The German subsidiary of building materials distributor Saint Gobain has announced it is withdrawing from the PV sector, pointing the finger of blame at Germany’s unstable solar policy.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is to install 17,500 solar photovoltaic water pumps across the country.
Chinese PV manufacturer Chaori Solar has become China’s first firm to default on a domestic bond after missing an interest repayment.
Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
The pipeline of approved PV projects in the Philippines reached over 1GW in January, according to the country’s Department of Energy (DoE).
Duke Energy’s subsidiary, Duke Energy Renewables, has acquired two 20MW PV projects in California from renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.
SolarWorld has reported preliminary 2013 financial results, highlighting its continued bankability issues in key historical markets such as Germany during its lengthy financial restructuring phase.
A strong spike in PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 supported Canadian Solar closing in on 2GW of shipments for the year and secured a return to profitability in 2013.
Solar crowdfunding service Mosaic is to offer loans to homeowners in California for PV systems.