SMA Solar’s sales slide 15% in Q3 on China and US woes

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.

Sungrow’s sales show ‘solarcoaster’ ride against rivals

Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co, recently reported a relatively strong rebound in revenue (up 10%) in the first half of 2018 but on a quarterly basis the second quarter sales increased 29% from the previous quarter, indicating that greater dependence on China and the utility-scale market with central inverters, creates a ‘solarcoaster’ ride.

UL launches PV power plant certification service to aid quality and safety transparency

UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has launched a new global service, offering a PV Power Plant Certificate to verify the performance of PV systems at several key stages, such as commissioning or during operation. The delivered certificate is also made publicly available in UL’s online database, providing greater transparency for all stake holders.

Intersolar 2018: Show award winners push technology boundaries

Three solar companies were winners of the Intersolar Awards during a packed Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany this year. In 2018, the industry judges were said to have focused on product solutions that exploited design characteristics to achieve the best possible results.