PV ModuleTech 2017: Manufacturing all under one roof with First Solar

Outsourcing in the various stages running up to module assembly versus having one’s entire supply chain in house was a major theme at PV ModuleTech 2017. PV Tech caught up with Nick Strevel, director, global technical sales, at vertically-integrated thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar, to discuss the benefits of having all in house production and the drivers for high expenditure in R&D.

Lessons from PV Tech’s unscientific Section 201 straw poll at SPI

The results of our first (last) ever attempt at polling are in and they are very much predictable. But regardless of popular opinion, it's worth considering the views of those not speaking up. While the industry is largely against Section 201 trade measures, that alone is not the most likely reason the ITC might choose not to recommend hefty tariffs come November.

IDFC Alternatives set to buy 190MW of First Solar’s India assets

The Indian arm of US-based PV developer and thin-film specialist First Solar has agreed to sell 190MW(AC) out of 200MW(AC) of its operational PV plants in India to a private equity fund represented by Indian firm IDFC Alternatives, according to a First Solar spokesperson.