Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Longi to invest $300 million in 5 GW module plant in China

Longi Green Energy Technology has revealed plans to invest CNY 1.95 billion ($299.5 million) in the construction of a 5 GW solar module assembly plant in eastern China.

Arcelormittal confirmed as buyer of Exosun

The French tracker maker will be integrated in the ArcelorMittal Projects division of the Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer.

German PV equipment providers report decline in orders for 2017

After a strong start to the year, new orders from suppliers in Germany declined significantly in the course of 2017. However, order books are still well filled.

Ground breaks on Manz’s Chinese CIGS line

Ground has broken on Manz’s CIGS turnkey line, CIGSfab, in China on time. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of Q3 2018, while production is scheduled to begin by mid 2019.

Jolywood signs solar distribution agreement with IMI Industries

China-based Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement with Thailand’s IMI Industries Co., Ltd, under which the IMI Group will distribute Jolywood’s double-glass bifacial PV modules to the Thai solar market.

Aiko Solar’s annual PERC output hits 4 GW

Guangdong Aiko Solar Energy Technology’s mono-Si bifacial PERC production capacity has reached 4 GW per year, following a series of phased upgrades throughout the second half of 2017 at two of its production facilities in China.

Suntech’s black silicon solar cells enter mass production

Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd has announced its high efficiency black silicon solar cells have successfully entered mass production. It is targeting an annual capacity of 500 MW by Q1 2018.

India mulls solar cell import duty after petition by five local manufacturers

Five Indian solar firms have filed an application for the imposition of import duties on solar cells with the Directorate General of Safeguards in a move designed to boost domestic manufacturing and protect local interests.

2017: The PV year in review

Trade cases, insolvencies, record-breaking low auction prices, China’s eye watering installation rates – all this and more characterized the 2017 solar PV industry. pv magazine reflects on the biggest stories, trends and developments of the past year; and summarizes what the industry can expect in 2018.


Hanwha Q Cells inaugurates Turkish PV factory

South Korean solar PV manufacturer, Hanwha Q Cells and its Turkish partner, Kalyon Enerji have inaugurated the construction of a fully integrated PV manufacturing factory in Turkey’s capital
City, Ankara.