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Sharp says it won't exit solar business

The head of Sharp Corp.'s energy business on Monday told reporters in Japan the company would not "quit or sell" its solar business, but would instead return to profit.


A cooled design

OutBack Power will be showcasing their FLEXmax Extreme, a sealed, maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller at the Intersolar Europe.


PV wafer production forecast to grow 19% in 2013

Wafers Oregon DOT

After falling 15% in 2012, photovoltaic wafer production is expected to grow 19% this year, passing 30 GW and reaching 2011 levels, due in large part to growing Japanese demand, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz Polysilicon...


ReneSola launches bankability book to secure more financing

ReneSola solar photovoltaic facility Jiangsu China

In a bid to persuade lenders to cough up more cash, ReneSola has launched a Bankability Book which, it says, provides a "comprehensive guide" to its business, and will help European and U.S. businesses, in particular, secure...


Polysilicon prices expected to bottom out "soon"

Polysilicon

In its latest Polysilicon Price Index, IHS Solar predicts that polysilicon prices will soon bottom out, as production is more aligned with demand.


PV power optimizer shipments to reach 4 GW by 2016

Power optimizer solar photovoltaic

Ash Sharma, director of solar research at IHS Solar forecasts double digit growth in photovoltaic power optimizers over the next two years, despite the fact they are not said to be economical in well-designed installations. In...


Solar Bankers plans 300 MW production of its new concentrated solar module

Solar Bankers Apollon concentrated solar module prototype of holographic film

U.S.-based Solar Bankers LLC and Germany’s Apollon GmbH & Co. KG have unveiled a new concentrated solar module using holographic foil, which they claim can be produced at costs lower than other manufacturers. They aim to...


Siemens will significantly scale PV inverter business back

Siemens Munich HQ

A spokesperson has told pv magazine Siemens will "significantly" scale its inverter business back in 2013, due to the weakening demand for photovoltaic components. Meanwhile, the company has provided two reasons for its solar...


PV inverter ranking: Kaco announces 9.5 GW capacity

Kaco solar photovoltaic inverter production

Kaco New Energy has responded to the latest photovoltaic inverter rankings published in the November edition of pv magazine. The German company says it significantly increased its production capacity in 2011 and can now produce...


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.


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