Balance of Systems

European PV manufacturing must be preserved, say more than 50 organizations

Joint letter from 50 solar PV organizations in Europe sent to policymakers of all EU member states to serve as reminder of the importance of PV manufacturing in the continent.

Soltec signs 101 MW tracker supply deal in Brazil

The single-axis solar tracker manufacturer will supply its SF Utility trackers to the 101 MW Floresta solar plant in Rio Grande do Norte. Deal increases firms Brazil footprint to 551 MW.

Australia’s CEFC backs lithium mining project to tune of $15m

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation pledges AUS$20 million to part-fund the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

No Trump, no Musk: just a week filled with excellent technological breakthroughs, encouraging acquisitions and market growth, and just a hint of Brexit-themed fake news. But the good kind.

NEXTracker expanding manufacturing operations in India

The solar tracking specialist has signed expanded partnership deals with five local companies that will increase the volume of its steel produced locally to 80%, thereby lowering shipments into India by as much as 50%.

PV Expo: SolarEdge goes big in Japan with new training and logistics center, expanded staff

The Israeli-headquartered DC power optimizer specialist announces bold new expansion into the Japanese market at PV Expo, Tokyo, including new office and expanded portfolio.

SolarCity drags down Tesla’s Q4 results

The EV, battery and now solar company fell into the red in Q4 concurrent with the acquisition of SolarCity, as it begins making batteries at its Gigafactory and prepares for Model 3 roll-out.

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sonnen to open new manufacturing and R&D hub in Atlanta, US

Production at the InnovationHub expected to commence in the second quarter of the year, the German storage specialist confirmed. Facility combines sonnen’s U.S. manufacturing operations and product research capabilities.

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Polysilicon import surge suggests Chinese H1 solar boom, says Bernreuter Research

Sharp uptick in polysilicon imports into China between October and November last year point to repeat of 2016’s first-half solar surge, suggests analysis by Bernreuter Research.

Array Technologies expands into MENA, Turkey

The company is opening a new office in Abu Dhabi and will provide trackers to 24 MW of PV projects in Turkey.