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Balance of Systems

SolarPower Europe highlights Polish rooftop incentive as case study for the effectiveness of policy support

The Euro trade body has promised to monitor the developing solar jobs market annually from now on, and pointed to Poland’s position at the top of the tree of EU member states for PV jobs last year as evidence the technology can still benefit from legislative backing.


Ideematec unveils one-in-portrait solar tracker

The horizontal single-axis tracker has the typical size of 195×2.5m and its tracking range is 55 degrees. The new product is an evolution of the company’s two-in-portrait solution and was conceived to meet the increasing demand for one-in-portrait trackers.


China’s emission-reduction action squeezes PV production

Industrial shutdowns and reduced factory production capacity levels indicate the companies producing the raw materials used by solar manufacturers are being afflicted by electricity consumption measures just as other sectors are. It is not clear whether the solar industry will be afforded any favors by Beijing, as analyst Frank Haugwitz explains.

New tracker design for agrivoltaics

Spanish company Axial Structural is introducing a new type of tracker for agrivoltaic installations. The product can be adapted to various ground conditions and gradients, with programmable to optimize light and shade for different crops in different climates.


European Commission hints at solar module carbon footprint standards

A consultation process examining whether legislation is required to ensure the eco credentials of panels and inverters is focusing on eco-design and energy labeling but has also made mention of the need for less carbon intensive manufacturing.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Rising solar glass prices and a major polysilicon supply deal

Shuangliang Eco-Energy has agreed to buy a total of 134,950 MT of polysilicon from two different manufacturers. Furthermore, the Chint group said it wants to deploy another 3 GW of rooftop solar and PV InfoLinks reported on rising glass prices.

Aerocompact starts making flat-roof PV racking products in India

Aerocompact, an Austrian supplier of solar racking solutions, has started manufacturing PV mounting products for flat rooftops in India.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: Rising wafer prices and a big tracker order

AntaiSolar has secured a 400 MW contract from Ningxia Jiayang Energy and Longi has raised the prices of all its wafers. Elsewhere, GCL New Energy has announced the sale of another 198 MW of project capacity.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: A big tracker deal and a green power trading platform

Arctech Solar has announced it will provide trackers for a 2.1 GW project in Dubai and China’s largest state-owned grid operators and power utilities – State Grid of China and China Southern Grid – have established a clean power exchange.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: Financials for Longi, Xinte, Solargiga, Irico, Golden Solar

Longi posted a net profit of $773 million in the first half of the year after shipping 17 GW of modules. Xinte reported a net result of $190 million and Solargiga saw its revenue increase significantly.

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