PV module assembly equipment supplier Valoe Corporation has secured its long awaited first order for an automated turnkey back contact module assembly line from an unidentified customer in Ethiopia for €15.8 million.
Ontario-based semiconductor manufacturer Solantro Semiconductor is partnering with tracker company Smarttrak to help with remote management of PV trackers in India.
The US Supreme Court has granted a stay that pauses the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which aims to spur investment in renewable energy.
The UK installed 3.5GW of Europe’s 8GW of PV capacity in 2015, according to SolarPower Europe.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has highlighted the essential support it needs from shareholders and bondholders to avert liquidity issues that would force the company into insolvency.
Japan’s renewable energy laws are likely to result in the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) confirming that it has put a plan for approval before the cabinet.
Appetite for participating in India’s solar auctions requiring domestically sourced PV equipment is low, with just one player bidding in the latest 50MW Domestic Content requirement (DCR) tender in the state of Maharashtra, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India.
The Latin American solar market is expected to double to 2.3GW in 2016, up from 1.3GW last year, but it remains in its early stages having been held back by key markets in Brazil and Mexico, according to the latest figures from analyst firm GTM Research.
Japanese electronics firm Panasonic is reported to be suspending production at its Nishikinohama ‘HIT’ solar cell and module assembly plant due to weak domestic consumer demand in Japan.
Germany-based inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology is setting up a subsidiary in Brazil, which will provide residential, commercial and utility-scale solar solutions as well as other services in the Latin American country.
Indian conglomerate Adani Group is looking to develop a utility-scale PV installation in Australia’s Queensland province.
Dresden-based OPV thin-film producer, Heliatek has set a new conversion efficiency record of 13.2% using a multi-junction lab-sized (1.37 cm²) sample cell with its small molecule, vacuum deposition process on a plastic film substrate.
Distributed renewable energy company UGE International has closed on its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Ontario-based solar energy firm Endura Energy Project Corp.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech Co reported a 14.3% decline in January 2016 sales, unable to match of beat a record sales figure for December, 2015.
Australia’s residential solar market could be in a state of permanent decline given that market penetration is already very high and the county’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) subsidy may come to an end this year, according to the latest analysis from Australia-based solar consultancy SunWiz.