Asia

Hanwha Q Cells returns to profit in Q1

The South Korean-headquartered solar company posts operating income of $28 million following loss of $21 million in Q4 2016. Revenue was steady, but shipment figures were once again left undisclosed.

Japan module shipments rise 23% in fiscal 2016

Roughly 6.85 GW of solar panels were shipped in Japan in the fiscal year to the end of March 2017, from about 5.56 GW in the preceding year, according to new statistics from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

APVIA sees steady Q1 growth in Asian PV

The expansion of the Asian solar market in the first quarter of 2017 was broadly similar to the growth seen in the first quarter of last year, although most countries in the region have yet to reveal official installation statistics for the January-March period, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) said in a new report.

Indonesia’s 1.2 MW community-owned off-grid PV: model for the future?

A 1.2 MW hybrid plant is currently under development in a remote area of Indonesia aiming to provide 24-hours access to electricity for about 400 households in three villages. The project will be owned by the local community, offering a model for the development of solar PV in the country.

Video: industrial LID ‘fix’ for multi PERC drawing closer

PERC application in monocrystalline cells has proven its capability to produce high efficiency cells. Further cost reductions could be achieved with multi PERC, but problems with Light Induced Degradation (LID) has stood in the way of its industry adoption. However, researchers and equipment suppliers are drawing in on an industrial solution.

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Steady Q1 for JA Solar as revenue, shipments increase slightly YOY

The Tier-1 Chinese solar company saw its profit slip both sequentially and year-over-year, however, as lower average selling prices continued to fall. Company will seek opportunities to streamline operations moving forward.

Japan’s solar shipments fall 5% in fiscal Q4 — JPEA

Deliveries of PV cells and modules hit 1.7 GW in the three months to the end of December, down from 1.8 GW in the July-September period, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

JinkoSolar signs 100 MW supply deal in China

The Chinese PV manufacturer has agreed to provide its Eagle series solar panels for undisclosed solar fishery projects being developed by Jing Bei New Energy. It did not disclose the terms of the deal.

India’s Uttar Pradesh mulls additional 750 MW solar project at Bhadla

Government officials from the state of Uttar Pradesh have met with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy representatives to discuss development opportunity in Rajasthan, eyeing October 2018 commissioning date.

SoftBank unit completes 32.3 MW in Japan

SB Energy — the renewables development arm of Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank — has switched on a 32.3 MW solar array in Yusui, Kagoshima prefecture.