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Italy’s FuturaSun opens 500 MW module fab in China

The company has opened a 500 MW factory in Jiangsu province. The fab will produce monocrystalline multi-busbar modules and, according to FuturaSun, plans are already under way to double its capacity as it continues to take the fight to the big boys.

India: Industry reacts to 25% duty; developers to cough up extra $72 million

From cheer to gloom, the Indian solar industry has had mixed reactions to the Supreme Court’s interim order lifting the stay on the imposition of a 25% safeguard duty on imported solar cells and modules.

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REC Group launches new half-cell solar module

At last week’s Intersolar Europe show in Munich, Norwegian headquartered manufacturer REC Group unveiled its latest module innovation, the N-peak series. The new solar PV modules will be the first to combine n-type, mono-cSi and half-cut cell technologies.

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India drafts $1.7bn solar PV manufacturing scheme

India invites suggestions and feedback for its new solar PV manufacturing scheme, which aims to ramp up domestic manufacturing capacity of modules, cells, wafers and ingots, and polysilicon. The scheme is expected to be implemented at the beginning of 2018.

CEA-INES and EDF introduce new lightweight PV module at EU PVSEC

Presented at EU PVSEC 2017, Amsterdam, CEA-INES and EDF have co-patented Solight, a new product that incorporates innovative features in the structure and materials used.

Analysts “unsurprised” by SolarWorld’s bankruptcy

Leading solar analysts say that SolarWorld’s bankruptcy, announced yesterday, should not have come as a surprise. Pointing to the current “viciously competitive” cell and module market, and the ongoing dispute between Hemlock and SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche solar GmbH, analysts from IHS Markit and BNEF, say that the writing had been on the wall for the German company for some time.

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