Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Solar Frontier reveals production halts in Japan

Solar Frontier has halted operations at its 150 MW Tohoku plant in northeastern Japan and has revealed plans to shut down production at its flagship 900 MW Kunitomi plant in late December, in line with plans to consolidate production in the southern prefecture of Miyazaki.

Anti-dumping petition has created huge uncertainty for entire Indian solar sector, Bridge to India says

Indian renewable analyst firm notes that anti-dumping comes at inopportune time with the industry already reeling from a slowdown in new project procurement, extra costs due to GST, import duties and increased module prices. It is expected to come by October 2018 and may affect all stakeholders and projects in the pipeline as well as those awaiting auction.


Polysilicon shortage in China drives 35% price spike, Bloomberg reports

Amid an unexpected shortage of a key raw material, solar manufacturers in China are now under pressure of higher costs and narrowing margins.

Manz reports revenue and profit increase

The PV equipment manufacturer further improved its sales in the third quarter. The company said its CIGS orders are fully on schedule and will be included in the results of the fourth quarter.

Interview: Vikram Solar CEO talks ahead of COP23 ISA presentation

Gyanesh Chaudhary, the MD, and CEO of Vikram Solar, speaks to pv magazine about the international solar alliance event held in collaboration with MNRE and CII at COP23 in Bonn, Germany and more on the Indian solar manufacturing sector. He is a part of the Indian (CII) delegation to COP23, Bonn Germany.

JA Solar posts $6.3 million net profit in Q3

JA Solar has recorded a net profit of CNY 41.9 million ($6.3 million) in the third quarter of 2017, down nearly 5% year on year, as revenue slid 27.1% from the preceding quarter to CNY 4.3 billion.

Hanwha QCells to locate Turkish panel factory in Ankara due to earthquake risks

pv magazine has learned that Hanwha QCells has started the construction of its Turkish panel factory, which the company decided to locate in the country’s capital city Ankara due to earthquake risks. The decision opens the debate about nuclear safety in Turkey even more powerfully.

Interview: Uninterrupted cell production helps fast-track Indian solar manufacturing

Maximilian Germann, head of sales at German stringer experts M10 Industries, explains the benefits of uninterrupted cell production from a cost and quality perspective, and how Indian solar companies are beginning to put long-term opex ahead of short-term capex concerns.

Hevel to raise capacity of heterojunction fab by 90 MW

The expansion plan also aims to increase the average module power up to over 400 W. The factory, located in Novocheboksarsk, produces 72-cells HJT standard and bifacial modules.

Chint to start construction on 200 MW PV module factory in Brazil in February

The solar panel manufacturing facility will be located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte and will serve Brazil and other markets in Latin America.