China

Chinese PV Industry Brief: JA Solar sells solar farms while Tongwei announces lower cell prices

JA Solar has agreed to sell three solar farms to China Power Investment Corporation, while Tongwei announced lower prices on a number of cells and eight leading players are calling for the standardization of PV products with 210 mm wafers.

India ranked the world’s most attractive PV market by Ernst & Young

The latest edition of the accountant’s renewables attractiveness index has placed the nation in top spot for photovoltaics, helping it to fourth spot for overall clean energy investment. Mexico has been hammered by the government’s attitude to clean power and France has also slipped, four places.

‘China renewables will hit grid parity with new-build coal next year’

Analyst WoodMac says South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam will also join India and Australia next year, among the nations where clean energy projects are cheaper than new coal power plants.

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Carbon nanotubes in search of a solar niche

A group of German scientists has analyzed the possible trajectory of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in photovoltaic research and industry and has suggested a roadmap to bring this technology closer to mass production. Despite a large number of challenges, the academics predicted a brilliant future for CNTs in PV applications, explaining that the barriers to their adoption are constantly being reduced.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: More glass, module production capacity and a 400 MW solar park

Kibing Group and CECEP have announced plans to increase their PV glass and solar module capacities, respectively. China Energy Investment Corp is planning a 400 MW solar park in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Daqo notes PV glass shortage in otherwise positive update

The polysilicon manufacturer says a lack of the raw material is causing a bottleneck for the industry but CEO has predicted it will be resolved as new production capacity comes online in the months ahead.

Longi releases statement on patent dispute with Hanwha Q-Cells

The Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer said the recent invalidation procedure for its patent at the Chinese Patent Office’s examination and invalidity department is only an administrative examination procedure that only examines whether or not the authorized Chinese patent complies with patent law requirements.

China set to acquire 820 MW of solar project capacity

The latest, seven-project, 217 MW, $150 million project sell-off announced by the development business of polysilicon producer GCL-Poly means a lot will be at stake in the vote by its shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting in the new year.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Jinko announces 2 GW agrivoltaic project in Heilongjiang Province

Meanwhile, Chinese state-owned energy company State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) has acquired a solar energy developer in Mexico and JA Solar has started construction on the second phase of its 20 GW ingot factory in Yunnan Province.

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GCL to generate $304m with 430 MW Chinese project sale

The debt-saddled GCL New Energy solar project business of the polysilicon manufacturer is aiming to sell off solar farms to transform into an ‘asset light’ operation.