Major PVEP SunPower has formed a second joint venture in China to massively expand its PV project pipeline using its high-efficiency, low-concentration photovoltaic (LCPV) technology.
Hanergy Thin Film Power is setting up a product development business with a research centre to be established in Silicon Valley.
Market research firm IHS has struck a deal with rival US-based NPD Group to acquire its leading research arms in the flat panel display and solar PV sectors (NPD Solarbuzz) for an undisclosed sum.
Mark Mendenhall, the president of Trina Solar’s Americas Region, and Haiyan Sun, the president of Trina Solar’s Distributed PV Generation Business Unit, have left the company.
The US Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative has announced US$15 million in funding to aid the integration of solar into the electrical grid infrastructure using energy storage systems.
The acquisition by Amtech Systems of BTU International was pre-planned to be completed and the company assimilated into Amtech ahead of the next capacity expansion phase by major PV manufacturers, according to Paul van der Wansem, chairman and CEO of BTU International.
SolarWorld has announced plans to invest over US$10 million in adding a new ‘flexible’ manufacturing line at its Hillsboro, Oregon facility with the creation of around 200 jobs.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer, 1366 Technologies has met a key production milestone set a year ago of producing 5MW per year for each furnace that is claimed to be on par with conventional ingot casting furnaces used in producing the ubiquitous multicrystalline wafer.
Zinc redox flow batteries could be a “viable substitute” for simple cycle peaking power plants in the US, especially as the increase of solar penetration adds concerns over grid stability, according to a new whitepaper.
Four of the largest polysilicon producers have all reported strong revenue for the third quarter of 2014, on the back of stable ASPs and strong demand from the PV industry.
SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) on October 30th, 2014 announced that it has won 5 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 150 megawatts (MW) from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) as announced by the Government of Karnataka.
SunEdison or SunEdison affiliates, including Yieldcos, are envisioned as the ultimate owner(s) of these solar projects, and will sell the electricity generated to various entities via Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's).
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on October 29th, 2014 announced that it will supply 19 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a PV project in Chile, located in the Atacama Desert region which has one of the highest irradiation levels in the world.
The 19 MW solar PV plant will consist of 61,000 JinkoSolar high-efficiency PID-free modules. The project is expected to generate approximately 50 million kWh of solar power annually, equivalent to the power consumption needs of about 30,000 local households.
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on October 30th, 2014 announced that it completed the supply of 3.1 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to a project in Tipitapa, Nicaragua.
This PV plant, entitled Planta Solar Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua, will power 26 companies and supply approximately 30% of total energy consumption for the Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua industrial park, Canadian Solar emphasizes.
SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) on October 30th, 2014 announced that in 2015, it would add a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel production line in Hillsboro to bring the panel-assembly factory’s capacity up to 530 megawatts (MW), expand advanced solar cell production capacity by 100 MW and add 200 jobs.
The company views this expansion as a stepping-stone to 630 MW of capacity in the near future. SolarWorld will increase production capacity of its advanced-technology PERC (passive emitter rear contact) solar photovoltaic cells from 335 MW to 435 MW. With the expansion, the company will produce 60-cell mono-crystalline panels with power densities of 280 watt-peak and higher.
1366 Technologies (Bedford, Massachusetts, US) on October 30th, 2014 announced competitive solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiencies of 18% for its industry-standard, 156 mm multi-crystalline wafers, as well as a solar industry first: the elimination of the “low efficiency tail” for cell manufacturers.
The new technical results allow for a sharp reduction in the variance of wafer quality, a 50% tighter efficiency distribution compared to that of conventional multi-crystalline wafers, and efficiency ratings consistently above 17% – all without requiring cell customers to invest in new processing or handling equipment, 1366 Technologies emphasizes.
Conergy on October 30th, 2014 announced that it had connected a 37 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to the grid, for RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading house of European utility RWE Group.
Located on a disused airfield at Kencot Hill, close to the historic village of Burford in David Cameron’s parliamentary constituency of West Oxfordshire, the new PV plant is already producing enough solar power to supply 10,000 homes in the local area.
SolarCity (San Mateo, California, US) announced ZS Beam, a new product that allows solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to be attached to parking lot shading structures faster, more safely and at a lower cost than was previously possible.
The newest product in SolarCity’s Zep Solar line should make it possible for more businesses, schools and government organizations to build carport structures that create shaded parking and also provide solar electricity at a lower rate than electricity from their utility companies, the company announced.
The global market for solar photovoltaic (PV) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Asset Management (AM) will surpass 88 GW by the end of 2014, according to GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.).
The market research company forecast the PV O&M and market to almost triple by 2018, driven predominantly by China, the U.S. and Japan.
Dow Corning Corp. (Midland, Michigan, U.S.), provider of silicon and silicon-based manufacturing and technology, has released financial figures for Q3, 2014, with sales of USD 1.52 billion, a 7 percent increase compared to Q3, 2013.
Net income also increased to USD 176 million, representing a 49 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2013. For the year, Dow Corning’s sales (USD 4.54 billion) and net income (USD 476 million) have increased 10 and 78 percent, respectively.
During a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, NRG Energy Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.) celebrated the installation of the Spanish Town Estate solar photovoltaic (PV) project on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 4 megawatt (MWac) Spanish Town Estate PV facility will generate enough solar power to supply approximately 1,500 customers of the U.S. Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA).