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Meyer Burger sets out plans for capital increase and shareholders approve

Image: Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger Technology's Board of Directors has approved the final terms for the capital increase, which were announced earlier today, and will see the Swiss solar production equipment manufacturer seek to accumulate CHF 164.5...

ReneSola posts $20m loss in Q3 as revenue falls short of guidance

ReneSola HQ.

The Chinese solar company posts its first quarterly loss in more than a year as revenue and shipments slip in wake of China market slowdown and lower module ASPs.

Meyer Burger reshuffles board, Peter Pauli steps aside as CEO

Peter Pauli.

The Swiss solar technology provider confirms management and board changes that include appointment of Hans Brändle as new CEO from January 1.

NRG closes on 1.5 GW-AC of SunEdison wind, solar assets

Image: SunEdison

The acquisition includes utility-scale solar projects in Utah, Texas and Hawaii as well as 29 MW of distributed solar in four states.

Six polysilicon manufacturers could be wiped out by end of 2018


A new polysilicon market outlook report from Bernreuter Research predicts a rise in competition in the market, which will drive prices down and push some manufactures out of business, in the face of falling demand from the solar...

Trina Solar Q3 revenue contracts 22.9% sequentially as shipments fall short of guidance

Trina production.

The Chinese solar developer posts expected contraction of revenue and shipments in wake of module price slump and general market headwinds facing the firm.

Hanwha Q Cells records 65% YoY revenue increase for Q3

Hanwha Q Cells production.

South Korean solar firm posts revenue of $707.8 million for third quarter, generating gross profits of $140.5 million. Shipment volumes remain undisclosed, however.

Mosaic closes deal for a USD 250 million financing facility from Deutsche Bank

Mosaic office. Image: Mosaic

The California-based solar loan provider for homeowners has added another substantial capital warehouse to its growing financial clout, this time a USD 250 million facility from Deutsche Bank, as it aims to have USD 1 billion...

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Elon Musk solar roof presentation

The largest residential solar developer is now officially part of Elon Musk's electric vehicle and battery empire.

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Leclanché and Narada Power enter strategic partnership

Leclanche cells. Image: Leclanche

The two energy storage solution companies have signed an agreement to enter into a strategic alliance, which will see Leclanché share its battery storage technologies with Zhejiang Narada Power Source, which will allow the two...

Module price slump weighs on Canadian Solar Q3 revenue

Canadian Solar installation.

The Tier-1 Chinese solar company sees third quarter revenue contract 18.4% sequentially and 22.7% year-on-year due to tumbling module prices; shipments come in below guidance.

Brookfield, Appaloosa propose expedited buy-out of TerraForm Power, Global

Image TerraForm Power

The two companies say they are willing to sign a contract for TerraForm by December 6 to avoid an additional payment to bondholders under the consent solicitation.

JA Solar posts steady shipment and revenue growth for Q3

JA Solar HQ.

The Chinese solar company increases its total shipments 10% YoY and 1% sequentially, and it was a similar story in terms of revenue, which hit $624.3 million for the quarter.

First Solar to ramp Series 6 production in 2018, lay off 1,600 workers

First Solar installation.

The thin-film maker has announced a shift in strategy which will eliminate its Series 5, reduce 2017 output to 2.2 GW, and reduce its global workforce by 27%.

JinkoSolar grows Q3 revenue 39% YoY, ups 2016 guidance

Solar testing, JinkoSolar.

The Tier-1 solar company once again posted world-leading module shipments of 1,606 MW, generating revenue of $855 million. However, both metrics were down on Q2 despite soaring against Q3 2015.

China: more than 5 GW of solar has no access to subsidy

Solar installation in China.

Anhui and Henan provinces have both warned that PV plants either completed or under construction under the First Built First (FBF) principle may not be granted scale index, arousing further concern over the uncertainty of China's...

Comtec Solar to add residential solar business to company portfolio

Comtec manufacturing site. Image: Comtec Solar

The Chinese solar manufacturer has agreed to buy a 51% stake in residential solar business, Forum (Asia), as the company begins to come good on its plans to expand into the downstream side of the industry.

Stock price index

The solar energy stock prices for July 2016 have been published.
Anticipated slowdown in the Chinese solar market, post-peak years on the cards for Japan, and with many U.S. developers viewing the ITC extension as something of a breathing space, solar stocks have begun to slide despite overall global growth in the industry. 

Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for August 2016 have been published.
In an overall quiet market characterized by the onset everywhere of summer vacation, module prices generally declined in July. Prices for European and Chinese modules were in a neck-and-neck race to the bottom, and even reached a low for the year.

Grid parity monitor

A grid parity update for September 2015Grid Parity Monitor is now available. The results of the ninth issue of the study shows that PV generation parity is an economic reality in Chile and Morocco and is close in Honduras.