Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

1366 achieves 18% efficiency with PERC technology

The kerfless wafer maker has announced both efficiency improvements and operational milestones in advance of the launch of its first mass production facility.

Enphase unveils multi-faceted solar energy management and storage system

The company has launched an integrated energy management system and an AC storage solution at the Solar Power International trade show. These products will be available for residential and commercial PV systems in the second half of 2015.

Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.

UK Foresight Solar Fund to raise up to £100 million

The fund plans to acquire two PV plants with a combined capacity of 74 MW and expects to continue acquisitions of plants below and above 5 MW following the introduction of next year’s CfD scheme.

UK: £300 million in subsidy support for renewables

The increased budget will be split between the various renewable energy technologies bidding for subsidy support. The country’s Solar Trade Association says the government’s decisions “represent serious tragic mistakes in energy policy.”

TMEIC to make inverters in Texas

Despite a booming market in Japan, the world’s fourth-largest inverter maker has expanded to the United States, and IHS says that it expects more inverter companies to follow suit.

Meyer Burger to supply Q-Cells with PERC PV cell upgrade equipment

Meyer Burger will ship the systems in late 2014 and the first half of 2015 to Hanwha Q-Cells facilities in Germany and Malaysia, to enable increased cell efficiencies.

Italian net metering expanded up to 500 kW

Italy has raised the upper limit for net metering in the country from 200 kW to 500 kW per installation. The measure is set to boost the commercial rooftop PV sector.

Hitachi Chemical's wavelength conversion particles increase cell efficiency

The Japanese company says its wavelength conversion particles for solar encapsulant sheets improves power generation efficiency up to 2.2% over conventional products.

GT secures key certifications for Merlin interconnection technology

The U.S. equipment maker has secured three certifications which will enable modules produced using its Merlin copper mesh interconnection technology to be used in PV systems. GT plans to commercially roll out Merlin in 2015.

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