Síle Mc Mahon

June 29, 2012
First Solar has named Georges Antoun, former Ericsson and Cisco executive, as COO for the CdTe thin-film manufacturer and project developer. In this role, which has not existed in the company since George “Chip” Hambro’s occupation of the role in 2007, Antoun will be responsible for manufacturing, R&D, quality and product management.
June 29, 2012
Continuing market constraints and unattainable cost bases have conspired to force Schott Solar’s management to withdraw from c-Si PV manufacturing completely. Although the company’s thin-film and CSP activities are unaffected by this news, this exit from the c-Si sector will affect around 870 employees as well as its Mainz and Alzenau plants in Germany, Valasske Mezirici in the Czech Republic and Albuquerque in New Mexico.
June 28, 2012
It appears that the next victim of this most ruthless of competitions – the solar shakeout – is CdTe thin-film manufacturer Abound Solar. Another controversial recipient of a DOE loan guarantee, the company will be closing its doors next week, a claim that has been confirmed on the DOE's website today. According to a GTM Research report, the company will finally cave to cost pressure from CdTe leader First Solar and the general plummeting product costs across the PV manufacturing board.
June 28, 2012
Electrical connector company Multi-Contact has revealed that its TÜV- and UL-certified MC4 and MC4PLUS photovoltaic connectors have been granted certification for protection class IP68. The IP certification series vouches for the products’ ability to withstand contact and infiltration of water and dirt. This new accolade means that an entire PV installation can be cabled consistently with a single system.
June 25, 2012
The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has ordered an ALD process tool from SoLayTec that will see the former utilize the process at several global research institutes. SERIS has also entered into a three-year research agreement with metalorganics material supplier AkzoNobel and SoLayTec to study the viability of the integration of Al2O3 into new cell concepts. The contract also extends SoLayTec’s reach into Asian markets.
June 25, 2012
The US’s largest solar and wind project developer, NextEra, has placed the successful bid to purchase the unbuilt 1GW Blythe solar project in Riverside County, California. The plant is another of the projects – both built and unbuilt – being auctioned off from the assets of bankrupt Solar Trust of America. The agreed price of the project was not revealed.
June 25, 2012
Two years of turbulence in terms of supply and capacity are leading to calmer days ahead, according to NPD Solarbuzz’s latest Quarterly Report. Demand across the world’s markets will surpass 30GW this year, signifying an 8% increase year-on-year. Over 5GW of this global demand will be from the emerging Asia-Pacific regions, with China’s domestic market growth representing a large proportion of this 5GW figure.
June 25, 2012
The polysilicon spot market has been the subject of many analyses and commentaries since prices started to drop, leading to oversupply and demand issues across the PV manufacturing board. Average pricing for a kilo of solar-grade polysilicon on the spot market in May dropped to US$23.50, down 3.3% from its US$24.30 price in April. IHS’s Polysilicon Price Index has shed light on the fact that poly pricing for contracts dropped by only 2.4% for the same period, which means that the discrepancy between spot and contract pricing is widening ever further.
June 22, 2012
Sunora Energy Solutions has established its new headquarters and solar modular-assembly and fabrication facilities in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s 58,000-square-foot facility is based in close proximity to its client projects and will allow the company to ensure its fabrication and preassembly of racking systems and proprietary solar arrays is conducted close to where the end products are needed most.
June 22, 2012
Solar thermal project developer BrightSource Energy has placed the top bid for Palen, a 500MW solar thermal plant, at a Delaware auction of property of Solar Trust of America, which went bankrupt in April this year. The as-yet unbuilt solar thermal plant is said to have been bought by BrightSource for an unconfirmed amount of up to US$30 million.

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