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Renewables insurer GCube is to offer political risk insurance policies in a move that could help solar’s expansion in emerging markets and reduce costs.
High-concentration PV (HCPV) systems will reach cell efficiencies exceeding 45% by 2017, while the world’s biggest regional markets for HCPV will be in the United States and central America, according to a new report by analysis firm IHS.
Global solar installations in 2013 hit 37GW, according to the latest data from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
SolarWorld has reported preliminary 2013 financial results, highlighting its continued bankability issues in key historical markets such as Germany during its lengthy financial restructuring phase.
A strong spike in PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 supported Canadian Solar closing in on 2GW of shipments for the year and secured a return to profitability in 2013.
ReneSola said it had supplied approximately 45,900 PV modules to an 11.7MW ground-mounted PV power plant project in Italy.
Trina Solar reached PV module shipments in 2013 of approximately 2.58GW, over 1GW above shipment levels achieved in 2012. Due to expected strong demand in 2014, the company guided shipments to increase a further 1GW to between 3.6GW to 3.8GW.
Yingli Green Energy, the world’s largest solar module manufacturer, has revised up its module shipment guidance for 2013.
JinkoSolar reported total shipments over 1.9GW and revenue of US$1.17 billion in 2013, with full-year profitability secured and becomes the first China-based tier 1 PV manufacturer to do so after more than two years of losses within the sector.
SunEdison is teaming with the Global Academy of Technology (GAT) based in Bangalore to create a research and development facility at the college’s Bengaluru campus.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
A major Taiwan-based solar cell producer has placed an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) system previously used for evaluation work from Netherlands-based Levitech into manufacturing, while placing a second system on order.
Inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology is now offering a battery backup function for some of its inverters.
Bernreuter Research has warned that next-generation polysilicon production techniques should not be over-hyped.
PV equipment supplier, Amtech Systems said it had received orders worth around US$10 million from leading PV manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan.
BTU International has reported 2013 full-year revenue of US$47.8 million and said it was continuing to exercise caution over the next technology and buy-cycle within the PV manufacturing sector.
The concentrating solar power (CSP) is set to shrink during the next four years but could make a recovery at the end of the decade, according to a report by Lux Research.
Microinverters and DC optimisers are among the most disruptive technologies in the PV sector but will be crucial to the integration of renewables, according to a report by Navigant Research.
First Solar reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results that failed to meet financial analyst’s expectations by a wide-margin, with it shares taking a big tumble.
A new IEA report highlights the steps necessary for countries to gain long-term and sustainable energy production from renewable sources.
Helioscope, a software package that models PV systems, can be used to accurately evaluate the performance of smart module optimising technology made by Tigo Energy, engineering and energy consultancy firm DNV GL has verified.
IHS found largest EPCs increased their share of the global non-residential PV market by 5% in 2013.
Germany-based SMA Solar is to acquire Danfoss’ solar inverter business.
First Solar has reported a world record for a CdTe solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 20.4%.
Although its major sapphire materials business win with iconic consumer electronics firm, Apple continues to generate headlines, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has suggested new order wins for new products for the polysilicon and PV segment in the second-half of the year could be even greater.
Major PV energy provider, SunEdison expects to complete up to 1.15GW PV power plant projects in 2014, a 90% (CAGR) increase over 2013.
EY’s quarterly renewable energy country attractiveness index report reflects on a disappointing 2013 while looking forward to a very promising year ahead.
Running at full-capacity and benefiting from the weakness of remaining European module manufacturing competitors in Europe, REC Solar ASA is planning to expand capacity 1GW in 2014 and a further 300MW in 2015 to meet demand.
The drawn-out period of forbearance agreements between LDK Solar and US bondholders looks over and the heavily indebted PV manufacturer could start insolvency proceedings in the Cayman Islands should bondholders not agree on a settlement.
As expected, Suntech Power Holdings has officially started Chapter 15 proceedings in the US as it seeks protection from some of its bondholders already applying for the company to be forced in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, which would effectively dissolve the company.
Market research firm, IHS, has reiterated its forecast that PV capital spending would increase by 42% from the lows of 2013 and reach US$3.37 billion in 2014.
Developer BELECTRIC Solarkraftwerke GmbH has announced that it is changing its name to BELECTRIC GmbH.
SunEdison’s recently announced feasibility study to potentially establish a fully integrated PV manufacturing complex, including FBR polysilicon production in partnership with the Saudi Arabian government may be closer to reality than previously thought.
A victory for SolarWorld in its latest trade case in the US would devastate the industry and force tens of thousands of people out of work, according to SunEdison CEO Ahmad Chatila.
Major PV energy provider SunEdison is planning to grow its PV project business to a scale that would require up to US$15 billion a year in project finance capital. The company says this would be fuelled through tapping public capital markets via its yield co vehicles as well as debt and equity deals.
Beleaguered PV manufacturer, SolarWorld, has provided an insight into its recovery plan after the financial restructuring of the company is complete, expected by the end of February 2014.
First Solar’s subsidiary, TetraSun has placed its first order with ACT Aurora Control Technologies for its Decima CD inline measurement system.
Leading microinverter firm, Enphase Energy, has produced a string of records in reporting fourth quarter 2013 and full-year results.
PV projects in excess of 50MW now represent 68% of the global project pipeline, however their enormous scale means they not be the most interesting segment for developers.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has guided capital expenditure (capex) plans for 2014 that are nearly double spending in 2013.
The utility-scale energy storage market will exceed US$2.5 billion in revenue by the year 2023, according to forecasting by Navigant Research, the research arm of consultancy Navigant.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP), SunEdison, has submitted its first draft registration statement to establish a ‘yieldco’ financial vehicle.
First Solar’s third annual NOVA awards for suppliers have been handed out, with the thin-film manufacturer recognising the contribution of four companies in “providing enduring value to First Solar’s manufacturing and EPC project activities”.
Module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has raised US$21 million from a share issue.
By 2022, at least 5% of the global mining industry’s power demand will be met by renewable energy generation, according to a report by research firm Navigant.
Leading CIS thin-film PV module manufacturer, Solar Frontier reported its first annual profit in 2013, fuelled by the boom in the Japanese market.
In a continued effort to return its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) division to breakeven, despite two-years of downsizing and restructuring, Applied Materials said it had reduced EES spending per quarter to US$25 million.
Suntech Power Holdings American Depositary Shares (ADS) will officially be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange after the insolvent company lost an appeal with the NYSE’s Committee for Review.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP), SunPower Corp, has revealed it is prepping plans for its next-generation ‘Fab 5’ manufacturing facility that would be on a larger scale than existing facilities.
Major PVEP (PV energy provider), SunPower Corp said that it reduced production costs by more than 20% in 2013, following-on from a greater than 20% reduction achieved in the previous year.