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SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


Saint Gobain unveils new Solar Gard factory in China

Qingdao China

Saint Gobain has opened its new Solar Gard manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China.


PV equipment upgrades and differentiation key to manufacturers’ survival

Solar photovoltaic equipment

A new report has identified a number of opportunities for photovoltaic equipment manufacturers to turn a profit. The key is product differentiation, according to the author, who states that photovoltaic manufacturers with idle...


PV book-to-bill ratio in the red

Solar photovoltaic equipment

Signs are emerging that photovoltaics is finally taking the right course to overcapacity recovery. For the first time since the mid-2000s, says NPD Solarbuzz, the industry’s book-to-bill ratio is negative, thus indicating the...


Saint Gobain plans CIGS facility for Saudi Arabia

Avancis CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic module

Saint Gobain has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up and operate a CIGS thin film photovoltaic module facility in Saudi Arabia.


Chile launches online tool to study solar availability

Chile 1.4MW Saferay solar photovoltaic plant

A new online tool that permits solar energy developers to precisely explore the availability of solar resources for the entire territory of continental Chile has been launched by Chile’s Ministry of Energy, and the Faculty of...


Record Q4 PV inverter shipments predicted; China to overtake Germany

Conery solar photovoltaic inverter

Global photovoltaic inverter shipments are expected to reach 8.6 GW in Q4 2012, thus representing the "largest final quarter ever recorded". Despite this, falling inverter prices are predicted to dampen revenues. Meanwhile, in...


SoloPower opens US CIGS manufacturing facility

SoloPower CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic

SoloPower has officially opened its new CIGS thin film photovoltaics manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. It is targeting 400 MW of annual capacity.


Bosch opens second PV module line in France

Bosch France solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility

Bosch has opened a second photovoltaic module line at its manufacturing facility in France, thus taking capacity to 150 MW.


German PV equipment sales continue to decline; stronger cooperation urged

Solar photovoltaic equipment

On the back of weakened demand from Asian customers, sales of German photovoltaic equipment have fallen by half in Q2 2012, compared to the same period last year. To maintain competitiveness, cooperation with local industry is...


Solar inverter plant opens in South Africa

AEG new Protect PV630 solar photovoltaic inverters

Netherlands-based power equipment supplier, 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions, has officially inaugurated its new solar inverter manufacturing facility in South Africa.


Meyer Burger announces 303 Watt PV module

Meyer Burger HQ Switzerland

Using just 60 solar cells, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has created a 303 W photovoltaic module in production conditions. "Significant" cost reductions are expected to follow.


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Heraeus challenges DuPont infringement lawsuit

DuPont solar photvoltaic metalization cell

Heraeus Precious Metals North America Conshohocken LLC has hit back at DuPont’s infringement lawsuit, saying that not only has it not infringed on the DuPont patent relating to front-side sliver pastes, but that DuPont is...


Roth & Rau unveils nickel busbars for solar cells

Roth Rau building photovoltaics

Germany’s Roth & Rau has developed a new concept for the metallization of solar cell busbars using nickel instead of silver, thus introducing savings of between 50 and 70%.


PV polysilicon prices continue to plummet

Polysilicon

Oversupply is continuing to plague the photovoltaic polysilicon market, according to IHS iSuppi, which say Tier 1 suppliers need to reduce production to alleviate the market. A revival could be seen this year; however,...


Fronius expands US operations; aims to become number 1 inverter supplier

Underpinning its U.S. market expansion, Fronius has announced it will begin inverter production at new headquarters in Portage, Indiana soon. The Austrian-based company will also introduce its Fronius Service Program to the U.S.


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