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PV market leader, Yingli Green could lose its number one industry ranking in 2014, after revising downward full-year shipment guidance.
Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar took a hit on margins in the second quarter of 2014, while module shipments soared as China and US markets rebounded strongly.
Chinese module manufacturers saw their dominance of global supplies strengthen, despite the imposition of new trade duties in the US, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar said it was planning to better serve its growing US customer base on the back of increased demand through establishing its first PV module manufacturing operations outside China.
China-based PVEP, Hareon Solar Technology has signed a number of project development deals in China and Turkey totalling around 3,350MW. The company has also secured lines of credit with two Chinese banks totalling 20 billion Yuan (US$3.25 billion).
PV materials firm, DuPont filed a patent infringement lawsuit against SunEdison and its affiliate NVT LLC in the US District Court for the District of Delaware over the use of its tellurium paste technology.
Taiwan-based PV module manufacturer, WINAICO, a division of Win Win Precision Technology has secured IEC 61215 certification via TÜV Rheinland.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar has received quality certifications, including the IEC61215, IEC 61730 and UL1703 standards from UL and TUV Rheinland for its ‘Duo-Max’ 72-cell frameless dual glass module.
Finland-based industrial automation specialist, Cencorp is selling some of its operations and shifting conductive back sheet (CBS) production from its plant in Beijing, China to Mikkeli, Finland and closing the plant.
TÜV SÜD has developed a certificate for renewable energy storage systems, which the testing house claims will “provide reliable information on the safety, performance and service life of stationary energy storage systems”.
Having secured its first ‘Levitrack’ ALD system order from a major Taiwanese solar cell producer in March, 2014, Netherlands-based Levitech BV has secured another Taiwan-based producer as a customer.
China-based tier-1 integrated PV manufacturer, JA Solar expects the next phase of its manufacturing expansions to be in 2015 that are expected to include new facilities in either the US or Southeast Asia.
PV module assembly equipment specialist, Komax Solar has finally been sold to its existing management team in a buyout that will make the company independent, sometime in the second half of 2014.
PV project developer, SPI Solar reported sales in the second quarter of 2014 of US$6.3 million, compared with US$3.6 million in the previous quarter.
JA Solar’s polycrystalline Riecium module has passed TUV SUD’s 500-hour potential induced degradation (PID) test.
Cell manufacturers are increasing their research efforts to push for greater cell efficiencies, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.
A special meeting of Hanergy shareholders has voted to change the name of the company to Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited.
China’s Ministry of Commerce is to ban the import of tariff-dodging solar-grade polysilicon from the 1 September.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy has agreed to renew its strategic inverter partnership with an affiliate of residential PV system provider Vivint Solar.
US duties on Chinese and Taiwanese PV imports will make the quality of cells and modules harder to ascertain, a procurement expert has warned.
The US will be the largest solar market in the world in 2016, according to industry stalwart Jigar Shah.
The “pure economics” of solar in relation to increasingly costly fossil fuels will ensure a central future role for the technology in the world energy mix, according to Citigroup.
Chinese module manufacturer ReneSola has turned down offers from China and India citing low profitability, it has emerged.
PV module encapsulant material supplier STR Holdings has agreed to sell 51% of its stake to Chinese PV developer Zhenfa Energy Group.
Module manufacturer ReneSola has reported increased profits and a higher margin in its Q2 2014 results.
China underlined its position as the new world solar superpower last year by raising more in PV financing than the whole of Europe, according to the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014.
Residential solar services provider Sungevity has extended its operations into both New Mexico and Vermont, bringing the company’s total footprint to 12 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York and Washington, D.C.
The world’s 10 biggest solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are expected to jointly install 8GW of PV capacity this year, according to new analysis from IHS.
Major PVEP SunPower will remain capacity constrained through 2015 and rely on only a 350MW new fab in the Philippines through 2016, before starting the construction of a giga-fab in 2017.
Component and subsystems provider EMCORE has agreed to terms on a long-term supply deal with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design and construct multi-junction Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs) for Lockheed’s satellite programme.
Dow Corning, majority owner of major polysilicon producer, Hemlock Semiconductor, has posted a 12% increase in first-half year revenue and a net income up 20%, compared to the prior year period.
China-based PV manufacturer and project developer, Hareon Solar Technology Corp has signed a major project development framework agreement with Swiss-based PV developer, ILB Helios.
Major PV energy provider, SunPower, could announce today plans to expand PV production by as much as 750MW, according to a research note by Deutsche Bank equity analyst, Vishal Shah ahead of SunPower’s second quarter earnings call.
Thermal processing equipment specialist, BTU International, has reported second quarter sales of US$16.4 million, a 40.7% increase from the previous quarter, while the company booked several PV pilot line equipment orders in the quarter.
Materials specialist, AkzoNobel is collaborating with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore in a bid to offer lower-cost ALD and PECVD precursors for aluminium oxide passivation layer processing.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology has announced a further round of restructuring with heavy job losses after drastically lowering its revenue forecast for the year.
PV project developer, SPI Solar, has completed its second private placement of shares to generate another US$21.75 million in new funding, just two weeks after its first private placement.
A new mooted global PV industry association could help to dissolve increasing trade friction, the president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has said.
Infrastructure project investor Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc., (HASI) has reached an agreement with solar panel manufacturer SunPower, Inc. that will see HASI offer US$44.5 million in non-recourse debt to help fund SunPower’s residential solar lease programme.
PV manufacturer SolarWorld has reported higher than expected PV module shipments in key overseas markets of the US, UK and France in its preliminary first-half 2014 financial results.
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has set preliminary anti-dumping (AD) duties on Taiwanese producers of PV modules and solar cells, the first time Taiwan-based producers have been affected by such proceedings.
Japanese electronics materials firm, Shin-Etsu Chemical, is offering to license its production-ready bifacial monocrystalline solar cell technology that is claimed to have the highest conversion efficiency of 21% for conventional screen-printing processes.
Tier-one PV module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has said that the US market will become increasingly important to its module sales in 2015 and beyond.
Internet giant and increasingly active clean-tech player, Google, is offering a US$1 million prize for a proposal to shrink the “humble” solar inverter to the size of a laptop.
Industrial firm ABB continues to be impacted by losses in its Power Systems division, which includes its renewable energy EPC business and PV inverter business.
PV project developer, SPI Solar a majority owned subsidiary of bankrupt Cayman Island registered LDK Solar has sold a recently announced 50MW project to Xinyu Zhongzhi Guoxiang New Energy Electric Power Investment Development.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie expects revenue from cancelled or restructured polysilicon supply contracts from its solar sector customers to be around €210 million (US$283.2 million) in 2014.
China-based PVEP, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International (SF-PV) said it expected to report a profit for the first six months of 2014, primarily due to the increased solar cell sales coming from its manufacturing subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech Power Co.
A new US$50 billion development bank jointly formed by the so-called BRICS nations could offer solar a vital new source of funding, according to a leading expert.
Thin-film PV module developer and manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has reached an agreement with investors that will see the company secure US$32 million in senior secured notes and warrants in order to buy shares of its common stock in a private placement.