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Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has said that its 2015 sales will continue to decline, guiding sales of between €730 million to €770 million.
Struggling small cap PV module manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN) has failed to comply with a second NASDAQ listing rule after its market value of publicly held shares (MVPHS) fell below the minimum threshold of US$15 million.
Major photovoltaic energy provider Canadian Solar has updated its ‘late-stage’ PV project pipeline heading into 2015.
Japanese electronics firm Kyocera Corporation has said that steeper than expected PV module price declines in Japan, coupled to a halt in grid access applications by many utilities, led to solar sales declining in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Investment bank Citigroup is predicting a 240GW global battery storage market worth US$400 billion by 2030 as increased deployment creates a “virtuous circle” of falling costs.
During his speech at the US-India Business Council Summit, US President Barack Obama revealed a series a initiatives to boost trade and investments in India, including nearly US$2 billion in capital for renewable energy projects in India.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, is slashing a further 1,000 jobs, primarily in Germany due to lower expected sales in 2015 from its traditional German and European markets.
A leading figure in European PV technology research has urged the global solar industry to pull together to make itself heard at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris later this year.
The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
A major multinational Japanese firm has ordered two Levitrack Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems from Levitech intended for volume production of PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells including both multicrystalline and n-type wafers.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar said it would continue to meet demand for its PV modules in the US, despite the US International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final determination on anti-dumping and countervailing duties issued yesterday.
According to market research firm IHS, Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers are mostly sold out in the first quarter of 2015 as demand remains strong from markets such as China, Japan and the UK as well as in South America and Central America.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.
PV tracking systems specialist, DEGERenergie has been acquired by its CEO, Hünkar Korkmaz from founder Artur Deger for an undisclosed sum.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar has strengthened its management team with the creation of a chief operating officer (COO) position and appointing Zhiguo Zhu to the role.
PV equipment specialist Despatch Industries said it had recently sold 10 firing furnaces to a leading solar cell producer, marking a milestone that all of the top-10 largest solar cell producers are now using its furnace technology.
According to local reports, First Solar has officially opened its TetraSun technology-based production line at its PV manufacturing complex in Kulim High Tech Park, Malaysia.
The latest in a line of reports from the IEA (International Energy Agency) into longer-term analysis of PV systems highlights the role of ambient temperature in the long-term performance of PV systems.
Leading PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has started mass production of high-efficiency PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology with the expected availability of both multicrystalline and monocrystalline ‘Honey’ modules available in Europe this year and a global roll-out in 2016.
Concentrator PV (CVP) producer Soitec has said it is to immediately refocus its operations on its core semiconductor materials and equipment business, putting in doubt its long-term commitment to its CPV business.
Thin-film manufacturer and PV power plant specialist, First Solar, has launched a new online tool to enable prospective developers to quickly assess the feasibility of potential solar sites.
Module manufacturer Yingli has launched a range of specially coated PV panels designed to reduce the cost of operating solar power plants in harsh environments.
The cost of solar power is falling faster than any other technology, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.
Investors in PV module manufacturer, REC Solar have given the green light to the acquisition of the company by Chinese firm, China National Bluestar, a joint venture firm between the conglomerate ChemChina and Blackstone.
Veteran PV industry executive, David Hogg has joined Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) as president of SFCE Europe.
Reports by Moody’s and Navigant offer diverging views on the near-term prospects of solar plus storage systems.
In an update to the video feature, “Future-proofing inverters for self-consumption and storage”, which PV Tech published in October, we talk briefly about the rapidly changing marketplace in which inverter makers are competing.
Major PV energy provider, SunEdison, has added Gujarat, India to the list of potential sites for its plans to become a fully integrated PV manufacturer.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) reported record sales in December, primarily due to its PV project developer subsidiary, General Energy Solutions (GES) selling a US project for US$26 million.
Solar energy took almost half of all renewable energy investment in 2014, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Market research firm IHS has detailed what it deems to be some of the key PV industry market trends in 2015.
Solar PV financial analysts at the US arm of Deutsche Bank have lowered expected global demand due to a number of challenges facing the sector.
Market research firm IHS has retained a more bearish view of global PV market demand in 2014 and 2015 in a new white paper published today.
Solar’s emerging status as a low-risk investment choice has been underlined by analysis revealing a 175% surge in corporate funding to the global solar industry last year.
The previously announced plan to merge Hanwha Q CELLS into Hanwha SolarOne will enable the company to supply at least 600MW of PV modules to the US in 2015 that would be tariff-free.
PV project developer and EPC, SPI Solar has struck a deal with bankrupt LDK Solar to settle its outstanding debt in relation to past module shipment orders.
PV equipment supplier SCHMID Group is partnering with Pekintas Group to build a 200MWp turnkey PV cell and module manufacturing facility in Russia for start-up, Solar Systems. Financial details were not disclosed.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems has acquired a majority stake in atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment firm SoLayTec from another equipment supplier, RENA.
CPV producer Soitec said a 150MW CPV power plant previously announced would be scrapped as the customer, San Diego Gas & Electric was said to have encountered a “major roadblock” in developing the project.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology has recently appointed Martin Kinne to be responsible for sales and service as its Chief Sales and Service Officer (CSSO).
Power control manufacturer Advanced Energy is considering the future of its PV inverter business with a sell-off not ruled out.
International PV developer, Sonnedix, is joining forces with institutional investor, JP Morgan Asset Management, in a new joint venture to pursue emerging solar project opportunities worldwide.
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.