This week's Movers & Shakers segment sees big waves in Europe with a new president for SolarPower Europe and Lightsource hiring a new strategy officer in its move to evolve from a pure solar company to a global energy leader. There's resignations in some of Asia's biggest module manufacturers including Trina Solar and Yingli Green, and the Coalition for Community Solar Access celebrates its first anniversary and talks to PV Tech on how to keep the community solar boom going.
While there is no shortage of leading indicators in the PV industry that can be used to predict future trends in manufacturing and across the various companies involved in this space, one of the most pertinent ones relates to capital expenditure (or capex).
Yesterday, we exclusively revealed the top-10 solar cell producers for 2016. In the second part of our top-10 series, we can now reveal for the first time the top-10 module suppliers to the solar industry for 2016.
There are many key metrics worth listing at the end of each year in the solar industry. In terms of the upstream/manufacturing side, two jump out as leading indicators for the year ahead.
The first is to rank the top-10 producers of the solar cells during the year.
The recent announcements from Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) manufacturer LONGi Silicon Materials, to acquire the Malaysia wafering operations of Comtec Solar Systems Group and to align with Trina Solar and Tongwei for a new 5GW factory in China, represent yet more substance to LONGi’s active push to shift the industry to mono c-Si cell and module supply.
Three major Chinese PV manufacturers, Longi Silicon Materials, Trina Solar and Tongwei, via its polysilicon subsidiary, Sichuan Yongxiang, are to form a Joint Venture (JV) to own and operate a previously planned 5GW monocrystalline silicon ingot pulling production plant in Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, China, by Longi.
Trina Solar investors are widely expected to vote in favour of privatisation on Friday. The move would see the company unshackled from the reporting requirements of NYSE and potentially better placed to raise equity funds. But could the loss of transparency do more harm than good?
In preparation for our latest manufacturing and technology webinars on Wednesday 7 December and Thursday 8 December, we have updated our in-house models for the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) companies, revealing the continued push towards high-efficiency cell production.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has supplied 33,800 multicrystalline 260W 60-cell Honey modules to the Yahyalı Solar Power Plant in Turkey, said to be one of the largest plants built in the country to date.
Having recently revealed that ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar had become the largest solar PV module manufacturer in 2016, PV Tech gets to grips with the key factors behind the success.
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech reports on employment happenings across the globe in Europe, the US and the Middle East. ACWA Power creates a new clean energy division, the executive director of the IEA wins a prize and 8minutenergy's general counsel is appointed to the US Department of Commerce's Renewable Energy and Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC).
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has significantly missed its third quarter 2016 PV module shipment guidance range that makes meeting previous full-year shipment projections almost unattainable.