Category: News

ZNshine removed from EU minimum price

Chinese PV module producer ZNshine is set to be removed from the EU minimum price (MIP) agreement. European Commission documents, issued today, reveal that modules were incorrectly labeled as having come from a third country, when in fact they had been produced in China.  Read

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Canadian Solar upgrades PV module warranties

Canadian Solar has upgraded PV module warranties on both its multicrystalline and high-end monocrystalline product offerings. Canadian Solar said that it was guaranteeing a lower first-year power output degradation of less than 2.5% on all its multicrystalline modules with degradation levels in year two to year

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PERC Solar Cell Technology Gaining Ground

Passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) technology increases conversion efficiency by adding a dielectric passivation layer at the rear side of the cell (shown as the yellow layer in the image below). Higher efficiency levels in standard cell architectures are limited by the tendency for photogenerated

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CanadianSolar leaving MIP

CanadianSolar is not under MIP procedure anymore due to the latest determination. Currently CSI modules are available from Malaysian, Canadian and Vietnamese factories.

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Suntech announces 1 GW poly PERC plans

Chinese manufacturer Suntech has announced its intention to upgrade 1 GW of its module capacity to polycrystalline PERC output by the end of 2015. The resultant 72-cell modules will have a power output of 325 W, an increase of around 10 MW from its non-PERC,

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Renesola changes

ReneSola is shifting its business model away from OEM production supply to bundled services as well as shifting its module sales to higher margin markets and away from the US and China with greater focus on its downstream project business. ReneSola’s main module markets were

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China’s thirst for solar projects can save Yingli

Demand for PV in China could help secure Yingli Solar’s financial future. The consultancy noted that Yingli’s poor balance sheet may have hindered its ability to source competitively priced financing for its downstream push but that rising demand in China would assist its efforts. Beijing

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Fronius in USA

Fronius USA, a subsidiary of Austria-headquartered Fronius International, has begun manufacturing solar inverters at its new $1.5 million fab and testing facility in Portage, Indiana. The facility measures 400,000 square feet and will produce and test more than 200 Fronius Primo inverters each day, employing

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Tesla battery

Tesla presented its new battery power-storage system last week in California. The company says the Powerwall Home Battery, available in 10kWh for back-up applications or 7kWh for daily use applications, will start at USD 3500 for the 10kWh model, while the 7kWh version is tabbed

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