Major polysilicon and wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reduced losses in its Materials business segment in 2019 by continuing to reduce polysilicon production while boosting solar wafer capacity by 5GW.
Preliminary data compiled by PV Tech highlights an unprecedented level of solar industry capacity expansion plans having been announced in just the first quarter of 2020, easily surpassing any total annual plans in the history of the industry.
US-based high-efficiency module supplier Solaria Corp has filed suit against ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar, claiming patent infringement of its ‘shingled’ solar cell technology.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar expects its recently introduced high-performance ‘Duomax V’ bifacial double-glass panel and ‘Tallmax V’ (backsheet) series panel nameplate capacity to reach around 5.5GW by the end of 2020.
Trina Solar has launched its latest ‘Duomax V’ bifacial double-glass panel and ‘Tallmax V’ (backsheet) series panel. Based on the 210mm x 210mm large-size silicon wafer and monocrystalline PERC cell, the new panels enable high power output of more than 500Wp and module efficiency up to 21%.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) is to build a 60GW solar module megacomplex in Hefei City, China at a cost of approximately US$2.5 billion over a four-year period.
Italian utility Enel has been forced to close the solar manufacturing operations of subsidiary 3SUN after Italian government directives on 22 March 2020 ordered closure of all non-essential production facilities nationwide.
Major polysilicon and merchant solar cell producer, Tongwei Group is adding 40,000MT of high-purity polysilicon at a cost of around RMB 4 billion (US$563 million), which is to result in its total polysilicon capacity reaching 155,000MT in 2021.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar has started volume production at its latest 5GW highly automated module assembly plant to produce its HI-MO 1 modules using large area 166mm x 166mm (M6) wafers.
New York State has offered employees of Panasonic working at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 plant in Buffalo assistance in finding new jobs as the Japanese electronics giant is expected to shut down solar panel operations at the facility.