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Madico, a backsheet manufacturer, has received certification from Japan’s Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET) for its Protekt backsheets.
A continued decline in average selling prices (ASPs) in the third quarter has led China-based PV manufacturer, ReneSola to make an inventory write-down that will push gross margins deep into negative territory when the company reports Q3 2012 results on Friday, November 30.
MPrime, a subsidiary of Martifer Solar, has announced its M210-255P series of PV modules has passed the Potential Induced Degradation (PID) test conducted by Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin.
European PV installers are divided over the topic of Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties with just 44% of those questioned stating that they were in favour of them, a survey conducted by EuPD Research reveals.
ET Solar Group has announced a supply agreement of over 7600 300W PV modules to a 2.3MW project in Colorado, USA.
California-based PV testing lab PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) has introduced a new system for measuring power and energy loss due to module soiling in the field.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy has delivered 7MW of its polycrystalline PV modules for Oskomera Solar Power Solutions’ (OSPS) residential rooftop projects in the Netherlands.
Tier 1 PV module manufacturer Trina Solar has reported revenue of US$298 million, down 13.9% compared to the previous quarter.
Solar manufacturer Innotech Solar has gone three years with its solar module production free from any hot spots.
Effective 10 December, JA Solar Holdings’ ratio of American Depositary Shares (ADS’s) to ordinary shares will change to reflect one ADS representing five ordinary shares.
Power-One, an inverter manufacturer, and module manufacturer Phono Solar signed a strategic alliance to market and sell PV systems using their respective technologies.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy’s (CSUN) 240-60P multicrystalline modules were used at the Romanian solar plant and installed on single axis trackers.
Germany-based Solarwatt’s M250-60 AC 245Wp module has come top in the TÜV Rheinland “Energy Yield Test 2011”, which tests the performance of solar modules from different manufacturers.
China’s Yingli Green Energy has warned that it expects Q3 2012 gross margins to plummet on the back of inventory write downs, lower capacity utilisation and countervailing and anti-dumping duties impact.
Struggling PV manufacturer, LDK Solar has received a delisting notice for its American depositary shares (ADS) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) having had the value of the shares fall below the US$1.0 threshold in October, 2012.
Monocrystalline and multicrystalline modules from CNPV Solar Power have successfully passed Potential Induced Degradation (PID) certification evaluation IEC62804, tested by Intertek.
Canadian Solar’s CEO expects 50% of its revenue will be generated from its PV power plant project business in the next two years, marking a significant shift in its business model.
Manufacturer Canadian Solar has been ranked 176th by professional service organisation Deloitte & Touche in its 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences or clean technology companies ranking fors North America.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has announced that the European Union will commence negotiations on trade market access with China.
US-based PV installer, REC Solar is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this week.
Impacted by 40% module price declines, tightening project finance environment and the cancellation costs associated with a wafer supply deal with MEMC, Conergy reported Q3 2012 revenue of €108.0 million, down from €182.4 million in the same period a year ago.
Overcapacity, “irrational” pricing of some competitors and a non-cash inventory write-down have forced Trina Solar to lower its module shipment guidance and gross margins for Q3.
Centrosolar reported its core downstream business of rooftop installations increased 29% in Q3 2012 as sales in Italy, Belgium and North America improved.
PV equipment supplier Spire Corporation is shipping the first of its ‘Spi-Sun Simulator 5600SLP’ units, which uses enhanced blue light technology required for advanced solar cell/module performance measurement.
Phono Solar’s mono- and polycrystalline solar modules were tested and certified by Intertek for conforming to UL1703 standards.
Canadian Solar has delivered its CS6P-P solar modules for Turkey’s 540kW solar project, which was built at the Izmir airport.
The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) has released a statement to clarify the anti-dumping duties levied on Chinese solar manufacturers.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s investigation of anti-dumping and countervailing into US, European and Korean modules will help Chinese polysilicon average selling prices (ASP) to level out in 2013, says market research company EnergyTrend.
Overcapacity and weak demand continue to impact sales at PV encapsulant material supplier, STR Holdings. Net sales US$23.1 million in Q3, down 8.1% sequentially and 58.9% from Q3 2011. The company guided that Q4 sales would be in the range of US$14 million and US$16 million.
A revival in PV projects in the third quarter boosted sales at German-based PV manufacturer and project developer, S.A.G. Solarstrom.
The European Commission has officially launched a countervailing duty investigation into imports of solar panels from China into the European Union.
PV system integrator, Phoenix Solar said that it had reached the highest level of sales from markets outside Germany in the third quarter of 2012.
All six commissioners from the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) have unanimously ruled in favour of the US Department of Commerce (DoC) issuing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from China.
Chinese module and wafer manufacturer ReneSola has started to provide locally produced PV modules outside of China for the first time by offering India-made PV modules to the Indian market.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) claiming European Union member states “illegally” subsidised PV manufacturers.
Adding to the TÜV certification for a rated voltage up to 1000V, Multi-Contact’s junction box, dubbed Westlake, has successfully passed the UL tests for up to 1000V.
Challenging competitive market conditions in Europe are forcing SunPower to re-evaluate its business strategy in the region after sales shrank and its European operations were loss-making in the third quarter of 2012.
Motech Industries is in talks over the potential purchase of rival Taiwanese PV manufacturer Neo Solar Power Corporation, according to media reports.
A series of Suntech Power Holdings models have passed potential-induced degradation (PID) tests with flying colours.
PV installations in Southeast Asia are expected to grow at 50% annually over the next five years, bringing cumulative installations close to 5GW by 2016, according to the latest report from market researcher IHS.
Solar module installations in Germany rebounded significantly in September, according to the latest figures from the German Federal Network Agency.
Solar Planet Power, PV installers based in Ohio, US, has commissioned several ground-mounted and rooftop PV projects at elementary and high schools located in West Jefferson and Blacklick, Ohio.
Struggling concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) manufacturer Amonix has announced a module efficiency rating of 34.2%, as confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Shanghai-based module manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced it has supplied 5.7MW of PV modules to an 11.6MW solar power station in Germany.
Sales of solar modules at Kyocera declined in the first six months of its 2013 financial year, compared to the same period a year ago.
The PV module market should return to profitability in the third quarter of 2013, according to a new report from market researchers IHS iSuppli.
Mounting losses expected to top ¥765 billion (US$9.6 billion) and a dash to cut costs across all operations has led to Panasonic halting further capital expenditure and expansion plans indefinitely at its new PV module plant in Malaysia.
A planned restructuring of Panasonic may see its production of solar panels, small lithium batteries and other products curtailed in response to low demand and low profitability, according to reports.
Linuo Power has announced the launch of Solarsafe – an insurance agreement supplying customers with a 25-year irrevocable warranty and promise of transferable beneficiary. This warranty for solar modules has been supplied by AON-COFCO.
Modules by China-based Talesun have received the VDE accreditation from TÜV Rheinland. The IEC61701 and IEC62716 certificates were awarded for both salt mist corrosion and PID (potential induced degradation) tests to measure the degradation in performance at 85°C.