Tackling solar’s polysilicon crisis, part two: No blind price cuts, technology is king and collaborate to reduce waste

In the second part of a two-part feature on the solar industry’s response to polysilicon price increases, Carrie Xiao hears from industry leaders about the importance of technology innovation, efforts to reduce waste and the need to avoid cutting prices blindly just to appease customers.

First Solar to double US manufacturing capacity with new 3.3GW Ohio plant

First Solar has unveiled plans to more than double its US manufacturing capacity with a 3.3GWdc facility in Ohio that will produce thin film PV modules for the country’s utility-scale solar sector.

Built solar assets are ‘chronically underperforming’ and modules degrading faster than expected, research finds

Solar asset underperformance continues to worsen, with projects “chronically underperforming” P99 estimates and modules degrading faster than previously anticipated, risk management firm kWh Analytics has found.

SNEC 2021 LIVE: Day one – Taking solar to new markets, offshore floating solar tech and more

PV Tech reports live from the show floor at SNEC PV Power Expo 2021, bringing you exclusive video interviews, insight, analysis and product reviews. Today’s videos include Sungrow FPV, Seraphim, Growatt and more.

SNEC 2021 LIVE: Day two – N-type modules take centre stage, material pricing leads system design and more

Exclusive coverage from the second day of the SNEC PV Power Expo 2021, live from Shanghai, featuring interviews with some of the industry’s leading players.

SNEC 2021 LIVE: Day three – n-type dominates, grid tech and pricing discussions

PV Tech’s live coverage of SNEC 2021 continues on day three of the exhibition, featuring interviews with industry heavyweights such as Tongwei, Trina Solar and JinkoSolar.

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June 12, 2021
With South Africa faced with ongoing power cuts, Jules Scully explores the how solar PV can help decarbonise the country’s coal-heavy grid while providing energy security.
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June 11, 2021
South Africa’s solar sector has welcomed a new reform that will increase the country’s licensing exemption threshold for embedded generation projects from 1MW to 100MW.
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June 11, 2021
Construction of a 10MW solar farm as part of the UK’s first hybrid solar PV, energy storage and wind site has officially begun.
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June 11, 2021
Perovskite solar cells have become the focal point of many university-led studies in the past year. In the first of a new series of article on PV Tech profiling some of the leading cutting-edge solar technologies, Edith Hancock explores what is being done to remove bottlenecks to the growth of perovskites.
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June 10, 2021
Queensland will invest AU$2 billion (US$1.55 billion) on renewables and hydrogen jobs to support the Australian state’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and help it deliver on its 50% clean energy target by 2030.
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June 10, 2021
A round-up of the latest news from the US solar market, including developments from Hecate Energy, BayWa r.e. and Orbital Solar Services.
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June 10, 2021
Renewables group BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven have partnered with Netherlands energy network operator Alliander to build a pilot green hydrogen project powered with a 50MWp solar farm.
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June 9, 2021
Polish PV developer R.Power has launched a green bond issuance worth up to €225 million (US$274.3 million), the proceeds of which will be used to increase its solar power capacity in Europe.
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June 9, 2021
Maxeon Solar Technologies has added business incubator group leader Steve Leonard to its board of directors in a boardroom reshuffle.
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June 9, 2021
Italian utility A2A has said it will be able to accelerate its renewable generation growth plans thanks to a new partnership with investment house Ardian, as the partners establish what they claim will be Italy’s second-largest platform focused on the energy transition.
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June 9, 2021
Green energy investments in developing countries will need to reach US$1 trillion within the next nine years for the world to reach net zero emissions by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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June 9, 2021
In the face of rising materials costs and natural disasters impacting output, solar manufacturers should heighten their focus on insurance placement to protect against large losses, a Chinese insurance broker has told PV Tech.
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June 9, 2021
Price increases in polysilicon and other auxiliary solar module materials have exerted much pressure on manufacturers, JA Solar has said, impacting on profitability in the first half of 2021. Xinming Huang, senior vice president at JA Solar, tells PV Tech how the company is responding.

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