Tremendous demand: An interview with First Solar CEO Mark Widmar

In this interview Mark Widmar talks about the market for PV modules and his company’s supply situation, First Solar’s position in the Section 201 case, and the role he sees for solar in the future of energy.


First Solar produces first S6 module, seals 800 MW of deals

The first modules have rolled off the line in Ohio as part of First Solar’s $1.4 billion dollar bet on its large-format Series 6. The company will also expand production in Vietnam.

World Bank, EVN install solar measurement stations in Vietnam

The World Bank and Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) have installed five solar measurement stations across Vietnam, as part of a campaign to promote the deployment of renewable energy.

Vietnam to launch PV auctions with World Bank

The Vietnamese authorities, in cooperation with the World Bank, have revealed plans to launch a pilot auction program for solar projects, according to a local media report.


Dohwa breaks ground on 49.5 MW in Vietnam

South Korea’s Dohwa Engineering has begun the construction of a 49.5 MW solar array in central Vietnam.

GCL-SI launches 600 MW PERC production in Vietnam

China’s GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) and Vina Solar have started manufacturing PV cells in Vietnam, with annual output estimated at 600 MW. Roughly 330 MW of their total output capacity has been reserved for passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells.

Australia’s Redflow seeking AU$14.5m, shifts focus to lead-acid replacement market

Australian stock exchange-listed battery maker Redflow has announced a AU$14.5 million ($11.25 million) funding round, as the Brisbane-based company takes its manufacturing base offshore and turns its attention to a market “sweet-spot” including the off-grid, telecom, commercial and industrial sectors.


Hanwha Group teams with BCG to develop 100 MW Vietnamese solar project

The Korean conglomerate has signed a joint operation investment agreement with Vietnam-based BCG Bang Duong to develop $100 million, 100 MW solar plant in nation’s Thanh Hoa district.

TTC to invest $1 billion on 1 GW in Vietnam — reports

Vietnamese conglomerate TTC Group is now seeking investors for 10 to 20 projects, with plans to connect them to the grid by next year, according to recent media reports.

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.