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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.
Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.
Bundling a number of solar power generation assets into one investment fund through so-called ‘yieldcos’ is lowering the cost of renewables, while the yieldco market itself is expected to experience substantial growth in the next few years, an investment banker has said.
Wuxi Suntech, the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) said it was upgrading all of its cell and module manufacturing capacity from three- to four-busbar technology to boost product performance.
The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published updated guidance for PV manufacturers aimed at ratcheting up the quality of solar modules.
PV screen printing equipment specialist DEK Solar has been assimilated into a new ‘alternative energy’ structure within ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT).
The growth of solar yieldcos and the pending decrease in the US investment tax credit ensured a buoyant first quarter of 2015 for corporate funding of the global sector, according to clean-tech research firm, Mercom.
Sweden-based thin-film equipment specialist Midsummer said it had received a multi-million US dollar order for its ‘DUO’ a volume production flexible CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) thin-film solar cell sputtering tool.
South Africa’s solar investments stood out in a slow Q1 for renewable investment, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Major PV materials supplier DuPont Microcircuit Materials said its newly developed ‘Solamet’ PV76x series metallisation paste used by Taiwan-based solar cell/module producer, Solartech Energy Corp has set a new in-house PERC cell-based ‘Saphire’ module power output record.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer 1366 Technologies has attracted a new investor from China and a new customer in Japan.
According to market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce global PV installations are to reach 51.4GW in 2015.
China-based clean energy and PV manufacturer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is entering the Energy Management Contracting (EMC) market through a joint venture with China state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
As expected integrated PV manufacturer LDK Solar is to exit provisional liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands on 21 April.
Lack of finance, poor regulation and corruption continue to impede the deployment of renewable energy in the developing world, the head of off-grid specialist Sunlabob has said.
German PV module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik expects to issue a warning in the next few days regarding junction box failures on its solar panels that could lead to fires.
UK-based project developer and EPC Solarcentury is to be supplied with around 33,000 Trina Solar made PC14 modules for a 9.9MWp solar farm project in Cocle province, central Panama.
Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JA Solar said its modules were deployed on the roof of the Israeli Knesset building.
Suntech’s PV modules have received the VDE Quality-Tested certification, placing them as one of three brands globally to have passed VDE Institute’s enhanced hail test.
PV inverter firm, Ginlong Technologies will have its ‘Solis’ branded inverters available in the US and the UK through expanding current distribution agreements.
The renewable energy arm of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment empire and green power utility, NRG Energy, top a list of the leading investors in utility-scale solar.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) remained highly dependent on parent company Hanergy Holding Group for revenue in 2014, gaining revenue for the sales of a small number of PV plants and limited revenue from thin-film sales to IKEA that were outside group transactions.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group reported a 20% revenue drop from the sale of 125mm x 125mm monocrystalline solar wafers, primarily to its largest customer, SunPower in 2014.
PV equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions said it had so far received orders equating to almost 1GW of production capacity for its laser systems used for PERC solar cell processing.
Technology manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported heavy 2014 losses on weak revenue in its Optical Disc and Solar divisions.
Market research firm IHS has revised down global solar PV installations for 2014 but forecasts significant increase in demand for 2015.
China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has been forced to repay HK$1,262,629,000 (US$162.8 million) to its parent company, Hanergy Holding on failure to meet 2013 a-Si thin-film module supply contracts for downstream PV power plant projects.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s thin-film equipment manufacturing subsidiary, Fujian Apollo, has won a further two thin-film equipment and plant service deals totalling US$1.82 billion.
International PV integrator Phoenix Solar reported its fourth year of consecutive losses and lowest revenue in a decade after completing three years of major restructuring.
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.