Manufacturing

Danfoss, GE partner to make SiC modules in Upstate New York

The Danish company says that its collaboration with GE will allow it to become the world’s leading provider of silicon-carbide power modules.

Tesla to begin taking orders for Solar Roof in April

Production of the luxury BIPV product will not begin until “mid-2017”, and a waiting list has appeared on the Tesla site.

SMA claims lead in UL listing race for residential inverters

It’s the first residential inverter to achieve UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) listing, which has been mandated by California and Hawaii for compliance in September 2017.

SMA announces “major hiring push” in California, Northeast

The inverter giant’s expansion plans are a response to what it says are favorable market conditions. In addition, the company is introducing new products to the U.S. market, including solutions for battery storage.

SunPower signs supply deal for 125 MW of P-Series modules

The supply deal with NextEra Energy Resources signals a radical shift in strategy for the struggling manufacturer and is the first major test of its novel module design.

Solaria targets specialized solar distributors

Solaria has announced it second regional solar distributor, Fortune Energy, a wholesale supplier of renewable energy products based in Sacramento, with additional offices in Southern California, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Trina Solar goes private

The Chinese PV maker has completed its merger transaction and will now become a private company. Trading of Trina’s shares on the NYSE have been suspended pending de-listing.

Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

EV growth gives lithium-ion batteries cost edge in storage

The growing demand for affordable electric vehicle batteries is driving cost reductions in lithium-ion battery technology, which is beneficial for affordable stationary storage, according to a new Lux Research report.

Plunging panel prices force Celestica from market

Just four years after becoming a solar panel producer, the Canadian manufacturing conglomerate pulls out of the market, citing an inability to make a profit at current market prices.

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