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Utility-scale mounting supplier, Clenergy, has received the TUV Rheinland certification for its ‘PV-ezRack SolarTerrace V’ mounting system.
Virgin tycoon Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and sustainability expert Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute are set to merge, in an effort to scale up their respective operations in the fight against climate change.
The latest figures from global microelectronics industry body SEMI suggest a stumbling recovery for PV equipment suppliers worldwide.
Production systems supplier Amtech Systems has generated over US$28 million in orders — including US$21 million in purchases for its solar materials — since 1 October 2014.
The US department of commerce makes final ruling in China solar trade case giving some firms rates of 165%.
Taiwanese PV analyst EnergyTrend has estimated 2014 PV demand will reach 44GW with Japan and the US making up for a lower than expected figure in China.
JA Solar, the fastest growing PV manufacturer in 2014, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with PV materials and technology specialist DuPont.
Spanish renewable energy developer Abengoa SA will increase the rate at which it will sell off shares in of its yield co subsidiary in an effort to raise at least US$200 million.
The joint provisional liquidators (JPL’s) of Cayman Islands registered LDK Solar are to hand back management of the bankrupt firm to its management.
The TA Acacia Project, a 28.4MWdc plant in Lancaster, California developed by Canadian Solar was supplied with SG800MX PV inverters from Sungrow USA Corp, the US subsidiary of China’s largest PV inverter company, Sungrow Power Supply Co.
The Silver Institute, a trade association for leading silver producers expects overall industrial demand to increase by 27% through 2018, with demand from the PV industry increasing around 24% in that time frame.
In the latest ‘PV Inverter Market Tracker’ report from market research firm, IHS the global PV inverter market continues to remain highly dynamic and regional players in booming markets making the most gains.
World leaders negotiating global climate change policies are “10 to 15 years out of date” when discussing renewable energy technology.
Semiconductor and solar equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a repeat order for its ‘Aurora’ PECVD tools worth around US$15 million.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist, SCHMID Group has secured orders for three ‘Multi Busbar Connector’ (MBC) lines for the production of novel highly efficient PV modules from an unidentified customer in Asia that was said to be a ‘premium’ producer of both solar cells and modules.
Major PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said that its 60-cell multicrystalline silicon ‘Eagle+’ series modules have achieved power output of 306.9 Watts.
Dutch start-up, Eternal Sun, a solar simulation technology equipment provider, has raised €2 million in Series A funding.
Taiwan-based specialist PV module manufacturer, WINAICO said it had received US 1000V UL certification for its WST and WSP-series high-efficiency modules.
In the first report that combines the solar research resources of IHS and NPD Solarbuzz after the recent acquisition, IHS has used estimated recognised PV module shipments from leading suppliers to establish a first look at its top 10 rankings for 2014.
Major PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy, has said a former CFO and current chief strategy officer, Zongwei Li, has resigned from his position as executive director on its board of directors. The company did not give reasons for the resignation.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer, ReneSola has reported lower than expected third quarter results and guided full-year module shipments to be down by at least 540MW, compared to previous projections.
Independent PV power producer, Sky Solar reported third quarter 2014 revenue of US$10.3 million in the quarter just after its NASDAQ IPO.
The PV industry is expected to have a new market leader after both Trina Solar and Yingli Green have reported third quarter financial results and given revised full-year shipment guidance.
Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has slashed full-year module shipment guidance that indicates almost zero shipment growth for 2014.
Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy, has secured a large module supply deal with UK-based installer and project developer, Solarcentury.
Trina Solar is expected to announce its first PV manufacturing plant to be based outside of China, shortly.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar, is to supply distributor, Almacen Sustentable (AS Solar) in Mexico with 7MW of modules.
PV equipment specialist, Amtech Systems, has secured a follow-on order with US-based PV manufacturer, Mission Solar, in a multi-million dollar deal said to be in the low teens.
Major PV energy provider SunEdison is forming a joint venture with Brazil’s largest renewable energy company, Renova Energia S.A. to build 1GW of PV power plant projects in Brazil.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has reported third quarter module shipments of 1,063.8MW, exceeding the 1GW quarterly module shipment milestone and an increase of 12.8% from the previous quarter. However, Trina Solar lowered full-year shipment guidance on lower PV project completions.
LG Chem and Siemens have announced the signing of a deal to “collaborate more closely” on grid-stabilising energy storage systems, which will include work on Siemens’ Siestorage solution for grid integration of renewable energy.
Leading-edge PV equipment supplier, SoLayTec has secured an order from US-based PV manufacturer, Mission Solar Energy for its InPassion ALD tool that will be used in production for N-type silicon bifacial solar cell production.
South Korean PV module manufacturer, SolarPark Korea, originally a joint venture firm with SolarWorld AG, said it had officially entered the UK solar market, which is expected to be the largest in Europe in 2014.
Citing continued strong global growth and market share gains, major PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar said it was planning to expand module capacity in 2015 by 20% to 25%.
Major PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar reported a record high 758.1MW of module shipments in the third quarter of 2014, while guiding shipments of over 1GW in the fourth quarter.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has said it is to restructure operations with 85 to 115 jobs losses, primarily in Europe. Charges are expected to be in the range of US$15 million to US$25 million and be accounted for in the current fourth quarter.
PV module assembly equipment specialist, Mondragon Assembly has acquired rival Spanish firm, Gorosabel Group’s solar assembly and automation business unit.
Global module manufacturer, SolarWorld, and micro inverter manufacturer, Enphase Energy have formed a partnership.
Major PV manufacturer JA Solar said it was planning to expand both solar cell and PV module capacity by around 20% in order to keep in alignment with expected global market growth in 2015.
Major PV energy provider SunEdison and its yield co, TerraForm Power, have made a surprise entry into the wind generation market with a US$2.4 billion deal to purchase US-based First Wind.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has qualified to supply modules to US residential PV installer and distributor, Sunrun.
Trina Solar has produced n-type and p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline solar cells with new record conversion efficiencies. Trina Solar expects the technologies used to become part of its future production roadmap.
EPC and PV project developer Solar Power, Inc (SPI Solar) reported third quarter 2014 sales of US$26.7 million, compared to US$6.3 million in the prior quarter, due to its shift to EPC and PV project development in China and major cash injections from unidentified investors.
One of India’s largest PV module manufacturer’s, Waaree Energies said it would collaborate with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on incorporating its new ‘Merlin’ technology into its existing production lines.
PV module encapsulant material producer, STR Holdings has expanded production at its Malaysian plant to meet growing PV module production in the country after the latest round of US anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Taiwanese made solar cells.
The Wold Bank has commissioned the first of many data stations measuring renewable energy potential around the globe in an effort to open up new markets.
PV module manufacturer Ascent Solar has announced its third quarter results, which ended on 30 September 2014.
Ahead of its financial analyst day event, major PV energy provider SunPower has pre-released financial guidance for 2015, while announcing its highly anticipated next wave of manufacturing capacity expansions.
SolarWorld reported third quarter results inline with its recent preliminary announcement but highlighted that its order backlog in the fourth quarter had reached 350MW with confirmed orders stretching into 2015.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.