10 years of R&D spending analysis of 12 key PV module manufacturers

PV Tech reached its own little milestone of having reported and analysed the R&D spending habits of the same 12 key PV module manufacturers for 10 years. The results have just been published in sister technical journal Photovoltaics International as part of the annual leaders and laggards of R&D spending for 2016.

Silicon Module Super League confirmed to speak at PV ModuleTech

The significance of PV-Tech’s forthcoming conference in Kuala Lumpur – PV ModuleTech 2017 – has just moved to a new level, with the key company executives from all members of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) giving presentations on stage about the quality, reliability, and performance of their solar modules.

Reducing OEM module supply should be quality-driven, not to save a penny on blended costs

The use of third-party cell and module sourcing has seen a massive uptick in the solar industry, during the past 2-3 years. The appetite of leading global module suppliers to rely on outsourced cells and modules has been clear to see in the past 12-18 months, but tends to go through almost quarterly tactical adjustments, often driven by factors that are potentially creating risk for long-term downstream asset holders of utility-scale sites.

Padaeng Industry bags 30MW Thai solar portfolio

Thai energy and waste management firm Padaeng Industry (PDI) has acquired a portfolio of six operational solar PV farms in Thailand with a combined capacity of 30MW from Armstrong Asset Management and Dragon Capital for a total of THB1.3 billion (US$39 million).

EDF and Canadian Solar partner on 92.5MW project in Brazil

PV power company Canadian Solar and EDF Energies Nouvelles announced Thursday that both companies have partnered to develop the 92.5MW Pirapora III photovoltaic project in Brazil — through the sale of 80% interest in the site by Canadian Solar to EDF EN do Brasil, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ local subsidiary.

Brazilian Development Bank provides US$163 million to 191MW solar project

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar and major renewables form EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced that the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has provided the project financing for the 191.5MWp Pirapora I PV power plant, the first PV project BNDES has supported.

EDC to commit US$72 million in financing for Dubai solar park

Export Development Canada (EDC) announced Thursday that it has committed US$72 million in financing within the larger US$655 million senior project finance banking facilities for the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.