The conflict of agricultural land use for solar power plants could be a thing of the past after a science driven agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance in Germany, led by Fraunhofer ISE has proved the viability of dual land use.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has secured supply deals for more than 20 different utility-scale PV projects in Australia in 2017, totalling around 1.2GW and included for several large-scale PV projects funded by the Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
GCL New Energy Holdings (GNE), the downstream independent PV power producer arm of leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, has secured a HK$8,000 million (US$1.02 billion) in new finance.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar is following another SMSL member, Trina Solar in leaving the NASDAQ and going private via an all-cash transaction led by its founder, chairman and CEO, Baofang Jin.
Major Korean-based polysilicon producer OCI Chemical is expanding its production of high-purity polysilicon to meet greater demand for P-type monocrystalline wafers used with PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology.
India-based independent solar power producer Azure Power Global reported new contract wins totalling 581MW in its fiscal second quarter of 2018, while revenue dropped and losses spiked, due to the issue of India’s first green bond in the quarter.
France-based floating PV specialist Ciel & Terre is expecting to launch a floating solar equipment manufacturing facility in Thailand next March and is in the final stages of approving a Vietnam facility.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar reported cautious in-line financial results for the third quarter of 2017 but guidance for the fourth quarter indicates the company could increase module shipments by almost 50%, compared to the previous year.