Asia

United PV chooses EPC firms for 50 MW ‘panda’ project

Datong Panda PV, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of United Photovoltaics, has selected two EPC providers to work on a panda-shaped PV array in northern China’s Shanxi province.

JinkoSolar shipments grow in Q4 2016, revenues, margins fall

Leading Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has continued to grow shipments in Q4 2016, with full-year (FY) module sales increasing close to 50% YoY. Downward price pressure continues to bite, with revenues falling 8.3% compared to Q3, and almost 14% year-on-year.

Lerri Solar re-branded Longi, unveiled at PV Expo, Tokyo

Monocrystalline giant, the Longi Group, will now use the brand for its cell and module business, formerly Lerri Solar. The unified brand will be showcased at the PV Expo in Tokyo, which kicks off on Wednesday.

Tokyo Gas, Shizen Energy launch solar development venture

The liquefied natural gas distributor and its partner plan to start jointly developing an initial 60 MW of capacity “as soon as possible,” according to an online statement.

JRE breaks ground on 22.3 MW near Tokyo

Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) started building the project this week on a 25.3-hectare plot of land in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki prefecture.

NASA images show stunning progress of China’s vast 850 MW Longyangxia Solar Park

Landsat 8 satellite images taken in January capture the four million solar panels installed at the site in Qinghai province, covering an area almost the size of Macau.

India: solar park target should not be limited to 40 GW if demand is there, says Mercom

The recently doubled capacity for solar parks in India from 20 GW to 40 GW has been welcomed by Mercom Capital Group, which says that government should not be too rigid with individual targets if there is demand for more.

Athos completes two large-scale PV plants in Iran

The German company has installed and commissioned two PV power plants in Iran, totaling 14 MW. Project costs of US $21m were all equity financed by Athos.

JA Solar preliminary 2016 figures suggest raised shipments, revenue

The Tier 1 solar company ups its projected module and cell shipments projection above guidance figures to 5.1 GW to 5.2 GW, with revenue for the year expected to be around $2.2 billion.

Renova surges on Tokyo trading debut

Shares of the Japanese renewables developer — which has a solar portfolio of 270 MW — jumped ¥675 ($5.98) to an opening-day closing price of ¥1,425 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s (TSE) Mothers board.