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Taiwanese cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has become the latest solar firm to reveal plans for a yieldco vehicle to support a move into downstream PV project activity.
A conference on climate change and business has been punctuated by a sharp exchange of views between Tony Hayward, chairman of mining giant Glencore Xstrata, and solar industry executives, according to reports.
Downstream solar firm Conergy is to purchase inverters from Chinese inverter manufacturer Sungrow under a newly announced partnership between the two companies.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems (TMEIC) announced that it has reached orders and shipments of approximately 3GW and 2.5GW, respectively, in utility scale PV inverters in FY2014.
Residential solar financing platform Mosaic has announced that Robert D. Kelly will serve as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
More than 7.7 million people were employed in the renewables industry in 2014, an 18% rise from 6.5 million the previous year, according to a new report from the International renewable energy agency (IRENA).
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar said it was building a 400MW solar cell plant in Penang, Malaysia as well as adding capacity for high-performance monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells and modules, while establishing a JV module partnership with Essel in India.
Integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld said its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology had proved a big hit in the US market and would reach 430MW of production capacity at its US-based plant in Hillsboro, US in the second quarter of 2015.
The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has agreed to a partnership with the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance (CPVFA) in order to reach the objective of opening wide-scale and varied sources of investment in PV asset development in China.
PV module encapsulant supplier STR Holding has resorted to accepting PV modules as payment worth approximately US$7.4 million for encapsulant material supplied to a Chinese PV module manufacturer.
Sharp Corporation reported its Solar Cells unit significantly increased sales and operating income in FY2014 due to strong domestic demand and its shift to downstream PV mega-solar project business.
Array Technologies has remained top of the IHS tracker rankings in 2014 with First Solar moving from eighth to third.
The acquisition of PV module manufacturer REC Solar was said to have been completed by Norway-based Elkem Group, owned by Chinese investment firm China National Bluestar Group.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology posted strong first quarter 2015 earnings, driven by large-scale PV power plant business in North America and the UK.
SunEdison is planning to raise as much as US$900 million via two bond issues to fuel its aggressive renewable energy project pipeline and acquisition trail. The company is also planning a review of financial structure to better align with its yieldcoTerraForm’s structure.
Italy-based renewables developer Enel Green Power has announced plans to add 7.1GW of project capacity by 2019, a 50% increase on its previous plan.
A former polysilicon supply deal between Wacker Chemie and SunEdison, formerly MEMC, which went sour, has been settled.
SunEdison reported relatively strong first quarter 2015 revenue, despite widening losses, yet the key metric was a significant increase in its project backlog and pipeline from the previous quarter.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) has revealed plans to open 1,500 retail stores globally for its suite of thin-film solar products by 2017.
Hanwha Q CELLS, which recently merged with Hanwha Solar One, has taken preliminary steps to selling securities worth up to US$500 million.
RET Capital has appointed Michael Young as the company’s vice president, legal and administration.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist, Amtech Systems has reported its highest level of tool order backlog in three years as part of reporting its fiscal second quarter 2015 financial results.
SunEdison has revealed today the first set of projects under its emerging markets yieldco, which is named TerraForm Global.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP) Canadian Solar has reported first quarter 2015 module shipments of 1.23GW and new quarterly record and exceeding shipment and revenue guidance.
International PV integrator Phoenix Solar got off to a slow start to its year of increased sales and return to profitability.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies expects ongoing improvement in sales after its order backlog exceeded €60 million in the first quarter of 2015.
Polysilicon producer REC Silicon reported a 48% decline in polysilicon sales in the first quarter of 2015, driven by a number of negative impacts.
Leading PV microinverter producer Enphase Energy met the mid-range of sales and shipment guidance on the seasonally weak first quarter.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie said its capacity could reach around 80,000MT by 2017 as it optimises production in Germany and ramps its new plant in
According to market research firm IHS, SMA Solar Technology has lost market share in the PV inverter space for five consecutive years as the downstream market continues to shift to Asia.
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.
PV developer First Solar and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have announced a strategic alliance to develop integrated solar technologies for the microgrid for use in remote communities and mine sites.
Thin-film manufacturer and project developer First Solar has recorded its first quarterly loss in three years.
The sixth edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic has been released, setting out key measures for continued cost cutting along the crystalline silicon PV value chain.
Materials supplier DuPont has launched the latest generation of its Solamet PV metallisation pastes, unveiling Solamet PV19x at the SNEC expo in Shanghai, China.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun Solar expects to ramp it recently announced 500MW cell and module production plant near the end of year, which will produce PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) technology for its new ‘Hipro’ 285W+ modules being launched at SNEC 2015.
European PV trade association EPIA has said it would support free trade and the end of current trade barriers on imported Chinese solar modules, the first time the trade association has set a strategy position on the ongoing trade conflict that has impacted the PV industry.
The renewable energy advisory subsidiary of German insurance giant Allianz is to offer risk assessment and certification services to PV projects in partnership with VDE and Fraunhofer ISE, two of solar’s best known certification and testing houses.
Based on a new report from consultancy IHS, the top 10 PV module suppliers slightly increased their market share from last year, jumping from 48% in 2013 to 49% in 2014.
Solar energy services provider SunEdison has named Jose Perez as president of SunEdison Europe, Africa and Latin America — replacing Pancho Perez, who will join SunEdison Capital in a new position.
PV metallization paste manufacturer Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit is expected to attend the SNEC 9th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition from 28 – 30 April, 2015, in Shanghai, China.
Folsom Labs, the California-based developer of PV sales and design software HelioScope, has raised US$1 million in a round of funding from other major software players.
Major Taiwanese solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is collaborating with materials supplier DuPont on high-efficiency metallisation pastes.
Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply reported a significant increase in overseas inverter shipments in 2014, while increasing overall shipments by 6.7%.
PV project developer SPI Solar has launched an international version of its online investment platform solarbao.com.
Major US electricity producer NextEra Energy Resources has signed a 1.5GW solar PV module supply agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS, using its high-efficiency Q.ANTUM cell (PERC) technology produced in Malaysia and South Korea.
Newly merged, Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS have issued its 2014 full-year financial report, meeting lowered shipment guidance on the back of module tolling for former sister company but overall results were lacklustre when compared to major rivals.
India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.
SunEdison’s rural electrification business, which aims to give 20 million people access to electricity, will be headed up by Cathy Zoi.
Wuxi Suntech the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has confirmed the development and testing with Taiwan Carbon Nanotube Technology Corporation (TCNT) of a high-strength, lightweight carbon and glass fibre composite PV module frame, the first such development of its kind in the PV industry.