Mark Osborne has nearly three decades of experience in covering both the semiconductor and photovoltaics manufacturing industries. In his current roles as senior news editor for PV Tech and sister technical journal, Photovoltaics International, Mark covers the key developments in the PV industry on a global level and continues to provide insight and analysis via his editor's blog.
Dual function residential roof tiles or shingles that incorporate solar PV (photovoltaic) cells into an integrated PV system for new build and retrofit homes has already received the ‘hype’ from Tesla’s Elon Musk but a new kid on the blog is set to go head to head with Tesla for this niche US market both from a manufacturing and installation perspective.
PV inverter manufacturer SolarEdge Technologies continued quarterly revenue generation trajectory, despite market dynamics, has result in market share gains and achieving Q3 2018 revenue that is higher than its nearest rival SMA Solar, for the first time.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology reported third-quarter 2018 financial results that were largely impacted by cuts in utility-scale and Distributed Generation (DG) deployments in China as the 531 New Deal and US residential issues take hold.
Leading PV microinverter supplier Enphase Energy reported lower than expected revenue for the third quarter of 2018, citing continued critical component shortages for the flat sales and shipments.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar is selling its Netherlands-based solar cell manufacturing plant through an online tender sale by Troostwijk Auctions.
By adopting and modifying technology initially developed by NASA, SunSniffer is able to provide STC (Standard Test Conditions) values of each individual module, on a constant basis during pv power plant operation. This unique technology has been developed with the German Aerospace Center, which consists of software managing Big Data with artificial intelligence and high-precision measuring hardware.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has rejected the proposal by its founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Shawn Qu to take the company private and delist from NASDAQ.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SolarEdge Technologies has continued to post record revenue and shipments in the third quarter of 2018, surpassing the 1GW of quarterly inverter shipments milestone for the first time.
Leading monocrystalline wafer producer and ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Green Energy Technology increased revenue by 35.26% in the first nine months of 2018, yet third quarter revenue and profits were significantly lower than the previous quarter, due to ASP declines across wafers and modules.
International renewable energy provider GCL New Energy, a subsidiary clean energy conglomerate GCL Group has recently received the first tranche of tariff back payments in China totalling RMB 990 million (US$142.5 million).
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp is expecting to sell further assets and increase its loans in 2019 to avert bankruptcy due to looming liquidity issues as the company expects to remain loss making next year, while current net losses in the first nine months of 2018 have reached US$745.3 million.
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp has secured the module supply deal for innogy’s 349MW PV power plant near Balranald, New South Wales, Australia, the largest plant under construction in the country.
PV project developer and EPC firm, juwi Renewable Energy has started construction of its third PV power plant project in Vitenam, bringing its active pipeline to around 130MW.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of leading monocrystalline wafer producer LONGi Green Energy Technology Co is to offer its first AC module to the US market in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Tesla continues to shift away from using third party mainstream solar PV panel suppliers as it ramps Gigafactory 2 in in Buffalo, New York state.