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US headquartered PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings has secured a major new exclusive supply contract worth potentially 500MW per annum in volume sales through its majority shareholder, China-based PV project developer Zhenfa Energy Group. Financial details were not disclosed.
Bankrupt PV and sapphire equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has been able to secure US$95 million of debtor-in-possession financing to provide working capital needs during its Chapter 11 restructuring efforts.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
PV and polysilicon equipment specialist centrotherm Group returned reported a return to profitability in 2014 on the back of recovering sales of €189.2 million, driven by an upturn in revenue from PV equipment sales and progress on building a polysilicon plant in Qatar.
Major PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger reported a 56% increase in 2014 sales and new order intake 13% above 2013 levels.
Tier-one PV manufacturer SolarWorld has reported that total shipments increased 55% in 2014 and guided shipments in 2015 to increase a further 25% and surpass 1GW.
Major tier-one PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has said it would not be adding new manufacturing capacity in 2015 as it focuses on its high debt ratios and need to restructure over US$2 billion of its US$4 billion debt this year.
Major tier-one PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy reported relatively flat shipments and revenue for 2014 on losses of US$209.5 million.
Laser equipment specialist LPKF reported strong sales to the solar industry in 2014, despite limited capital spending in the sector.
Clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group has forecasted global PV installations to reach approximately 54.5GW in 2015.
PV project developer Solar Power (SPI Solar) is planning to develop over 100MW of solar PV projects in Panama with SG Panama Solar LLC, a unit of SDL Solar a US-based PV project developer.
Major construction and engineering firm Fluor Corporation has been awarded the contract to build the Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong REC Silicon Materials Co., Ltd., (TianREC) fluidised bed reactor polysilicon plant in China.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy has regained compliance with the continued listing requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market, the company announced Friday.
PV technology start-up Natcore Technology is to work with specialist PV equipment supplier Eurotron B.V, to integrate back-contact cell designs to patterned conductive backsheet-based solar modules.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and PV Lighthouse have officially announced the development and operation of the world’s first free access online solar cell fabrication simulator, designed to replicate real world production processes.
Market research firm IHS expects continued adoption of single-axis PV module trackers for large-scale ground mounted PV power plants globally, while it expects the systems to become the preferred technology in North America through the next five years.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar said all of its PV module series had passed the ‘high-grade’ hailstone impact test conducted by TUV Rheinland.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy reported slight increase in revenue for February, bucking the seasonal trend for the month.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said it had already secured a total of 750MW of module supply deals to the US in 2015.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend expects PV module pricing to stabilise and production utilisation rates improve after China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) raised the country’s overall PV installation target from 15GW to 17.8GW in 2015.
According to market research firm IHS global cumulative solar PV installations will reach almost 500GW (498GW) in 2019, up from around 180GW in 2014, a 177% increase.
US Bancorp and ORIX USA Corp. have announced the closing of US Bancorp’s first renewable energy conglomerate, which is expected to help SolarCity install around 2,500 PV systems at homes and businesses in nine states.
PV manufacturing process inspection specialist, ACT Aurora Control Technologies expects to supply its first repeat order for two ‘Decima’ inline production measurement systems with its ‘Veritas’ software.
DuPont and JinkoSolar have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for implementing next-generation solar cell metallization pastes and module backsheet materials as well as downstream co-marketing programs. No financial details were disclosed.
PV inspection equipment specialist MBJ Solutions is supplying a large number of SolarModule EL-inline solar cell/module inspection tools to a major tier-1 PV manufacturer.
PV developer Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) has announced that the company, along with its subsidiary — SPI China Limited — has completed its acquisition of 4.3MW of PV projects in Italy from CECEP Solar Energy Hong Kong Co. (CECEP HK).
Global provider of solar energy solutions REC has announced that it has extended its product warranty to 12 years — up from its previous tenure of 10 years — for solar panels on all rooftop installations up to 500kW registered by REC Solar Professionals.
SunEdison has expanded its monocrystalline solar cell purchases from Korea-based producer, Shinsung Solar Energy.
German utility RWE is to acquire a minority stake in global downstream solar player, Conergy.
US residential installer SolarCity has launched a micro-grid offering internationally that will include Tesla batteries and zero down financing.
SolarWorld is planning to add a total of 500MW of monocrystalline ingot production at the former Bosch solar manufacturing facilities in Arnstadt, Germany, and upgrade all 700MW of solar cell production at the site to next-generation PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar reached module shipments of 2.4GW in 2014, confirming shipment growth of 105% from the previous year and the highest shipment growth in the industry.
The largest renewable energy development company SunEdison has secured non-recourse financing from Japan-based Shinsei Bank for its 9.6MW PV power plant project on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
Independent energy company Tenaska and renewable energy company Soltage announced that Soltage has received a second multimillion-dollar investment from a Tenaska affiliate that will be used to build up Soltage’s corporate growth.
PV manufacturing process inspection specialist, ACT Aurora Control Technologies has won two supply contracts with PV equipment supplier SEMCO Engineering for its Decima inline measurement system used to monitor solar cell emitter formation.
Major PV energy providers (PVEPs) First Solar and SunPower have revealed initial plans for their joint venture yield co via a Nasdaq S-1 filing naming the company 8point3 Energy Partners.
Jeremy Leggett, solar campaigner and founding director of Solarcentury, has appealed to the solar industry to do more to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Thin-film PV module developer Ascent Solar Technologies has announced that Rafael Gutierrez has been named as the company’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported a seasonal decline in revenue for the month of February 2015.
Hanergy Thin Film (HTF) and Hanergy Group have amended their flexible CIGS thin-film substrate master supply agreement.
Experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 this morning launched its first attempt at circumnavigating the globe solely using solar power.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies said its solar segment order intake had surpassed €50 million in the first quarter 2015.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar is to launch its first 1500V PV module.
The total installed capacity of utility-scale solar jumped 65% in 2014, according to figures released by Wiki-Solar.org.
According to PV module shipment guidance from the majority of likely candidates for 2015, Canadian Solar is closing in on 2014 market leader, Trina Solar.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP) Canadian Solar has finally announced plans to initiate its first global yield co financial structure, which could be floated on a US stock exchange as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.
Hanwha Q CELLS is collaborating with US-based ‘Direct Wafer’ supplier, 1366 Technologies to commercialise the multicrystalline-type wafers.
PV project developer and EPC firm, Solar Power, Inc (SPI Solar) has secured a credit line of over US$1.6 billion from China Minsheng Bank, China Construction Bank and Suzhou Bank.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has reported record revenue and shipments for 2014.
PV project developer Solairedirect is planning an IPO on the Euronext Paris stock exchange during the first half of 2015 as it plans to develop and retain more projects across multiple international markets.