The German inverter maker claims a 25% market share in the utility-scale marketplace.
The high-efficiency PV maker plans to expand its annual production capacity to 300 MW by the end of 2018, with more production in both the United States and South Korea.
The company also says that it has begun installation of the Solar Roof on the homes of non-employee homeowners.
An un-named PV maker is seeking $54 million in state and local incentives to build its U.S. headquarters in the state, along with investing $410 million to build two factories employing 800 workers.
The U.S. International Trade Commission delivered a report to President Trump that should bolster Section 201 petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld’s efforts to get the president to impose sanctions on solar imports as the January 26 deadline looms.
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.
In a unique partnership, the two Canadian companies are set to integrate low concentration optic technology into standard solar PV modules, in a move which they say will see cost savings of up to 30% and a silicon reduction of up to 80%. A “significant” factory ramp up is underway, with large-scale plans in the pipeline.
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.
While Senator Wyden has strongly supported aggressive trade action, Merkley is calling for subsidies and not tariffs
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