Manufacturing

UL to give the skinny on IEC 61730 updates

The international PV module standard IEC 61730 went through significant alterations this year, and on Thursday UL will host a webinar to explain the changes.

Enphase receives much-needed influx of cash

The struggling microinverter manufacturer, which has posted quarterly losses in every quarter since Q3 2015, received a $10 million bailout from two institutional investors.

Tesla to power Nevada gigafactory entirely with solar

The 70 MW system is just one aspect of the plant’s commitment to 100% sustainability – but the company says it will be seven-times larger than the largest rooftop solar system currently installed.

China continues dominance of global renewable energy

A new report examines China’s clean energy investments, which go well beyond its borders, as well as its increasing dominance of PV production and lithium ion processing.

New import duty calculations put higher rates on Canadian Solar

This year’s review of the U.S. trade ruling on Chinese PV cells would otherwise keep duties at similar levels to previous years, but it is expected that few companies will end up paying them.

Settlement clears the way for SunEdison FBR polysilicon sale to GCL-Poly

SunEdison Semiconductor has agreed to allow the transfer of intellectual property to the world’s largest polysilicon and wafer maker, which is seeking to develop FBR polysilicon.

GameChange Forges U.S. Steel Supply Agreement

New York-based GameChange Solar has inked a long-term strategic supply agreement with an un-named company which it describes as “one of the largest steel producers in the United States”.

Tesla/Panasonic begin battery cell production at Nevada Gigafactory

The factory is producing lithium-ion batteries both for Tesla’s energy storage products and electric vehicles

The solar coaster: pv magazine USA’s 2016 year in review

With massive market growth, the bankruptcy of SunEdison and the election of a pro-coal climate denier as president, 2016 really was the best and the worst of times.

Alencon Systems Begins Shipping SPOT V4 DC-DC Optimizer

Hatboro, PA-based Alencon has begun distribution of its String Power Optimizer, or SPOT, which it calls “the PV industry’s most powerful and versatile DC-DC optimizer for large commercial and utility scale applications.”