Lyon’s BePositive event shows confidence in French PV market remains strong

The solar event in Lyon illustrated how expectations of French solar remain big despite lower-than-expected development and issues related to regulations and carbon footprint requirements. The large participation of international and Chinese players seeking business among installers and distributors is a signal things may improve in the short term, and larger volumes may be deployed in the coming years.


Chile wants to know amount of local content of its solar plants

Public body Codesser wants to hire experts to carry out a “Study to determine the participation of national suppliers in the provision of construction, operation and maintenance components and services in solar energy projects in Chile”.


A year on from the Section 201 tariffs, Trump talks trade

There are indications the Trump administration may be closing in on a deal with Chinese authorities but, for now, the trade war goes on.


GPTech plan to manufacture inverters in South Africa

The production line would mean the Spanish company would comply with local content requirements. GPTech says its order book exceeds 400 MW, including 200 MW of large-scale projects in South Africa.

LG solar business affected by panel price falls as Kyocera reports poor results for PV sales

South Korean manufacturer LG said import tariffs and panel price depreciation led to lower profit for its B2B division. Japanese electronics company Kyocera saw the revenue of its Life & Environment Group fall by 26%, year-on-year, in the first nine months of the current fiscal year.


BePositive 2019 trade show – just a few weeks away – taking PV center stage

The show is expected to grow by 40% compared to last year. And the organizers say solar PV will have a higher profile than ever.


Price pressure and delivery bottlenecks lead SMA to significant loss in 2018

The German inverter maker struggled after China’s announcement at the end of May drove down prices and markets around the world and left a clear mark on its figures. Both the commercial PV segment and the storage business fell short of expectations due to delivery bottlenecks.

Indian Railways plans to tender 4 GW solar project

The procurement will be worth an estimated $2.25 billion, and will stipulate the use of 1.2 GW of Indian-made equipment. The power generated will replace 4 GW of coal-fired electricity consumption used by the railways.


Kaco sells central inverter business to Korean developer OCI Power

German concern Kaco has sold its central inverter business. The German manufacturer hopes to focus on its string inverter and energy storage branches while the South Korean buyer hopes the newly acquired knowhow can improve the energy efficiency of its large-scale PV parks.


SolarPower Europe calls for 5 GW of EU solar module manufacturing

The European solar association has called on Europe to set up 5 GW of solar PV module manufacturing capacity to cater to the expected around 15 GW of annual demand.


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