Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Commercial production of REC TwinPeak 2 BLK2 Series begins

The Singapore-based PV manufacturer is taking the uniformly black-colored version of its TwinPeak solar module to the factory floor.

Danfoss, GE partner to make SiC modules in New York

The Danish company says that its collaboration with GE will allow it to become the world’s leading provider of silicon-carbide power modules.

Eurotron’s sister company opens testing facility for back-contact solar in the Netherlands

Eurolab, a sister company of Netherlands-based equipment provider Eurotron, has opened a new testing facility for back-contact PV modules. The laboratory will facilitate pre-production of back-contact solar panels, R&D projects, and small-scale production for solar challenge teams

Tesla to begin taking orders for Solar Roof in April

Production of the luxury BIPV product will not begin until “mid-2017”, and a waiting list has appeared on the Tesla site.

QSTec begins manufacturing activities at polysilicon factory in Qatar

The Qatar-based polysilicon manufacturer has begun producing polysilicon at its factory in Doha. The facility has a current annual production capacity of 8,000 MT, but QSTec confirmed its plans to expand it to 50,000 MT.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Hanwha Q Cells, Enphase Energy, Solarwatt and EDF are among the big names grabbing the headlines in a week where new product launches and new GW-scale tender details were revealed.

Russian JV to build 100 MW solar farm, 300 MW cell fab in India

Investment by a Russian firm in the Indian solar sector sees Miyota Power India – a joint venture between state-controlled JSC Minneftegasstroi and Akis Tech – collaborate with Al Ameen Green Energy on Tamil Nadu PV plans.

Tindo Solar, Australia’s only panel manufacturer, sold to SA company with big plans

Australia’s only solar panel manufacturer, Adelaide-based company Tindo Solar, has been bought by a local insulation company turned solar installer, Cool or Cosy, as part of a plans to create the largest solar retailer in Australia.

PV Crystalox posts lower shipments and revenue for 2016, closes UK ingot production

The UK-based polycrystalline wafer manufacturer posted a decrease in shipments and revenue in 2016. Its UK ingot production is expected to be closed this year due to “deteriorated” market conditions.

Neo Solar Power posts $206.9 million net loss in 2016

The Taiwanese PV cell producer partly attributed the NT$6.3 billion ($206.9 million) loss — down from a NT$139 million net profit in 2015 — to the idling of some of its production capacity in China.