Tariffs, and rumors of tariffs

The second day of the Solar Finance and Investment conference has been overshadowed by the threat of new tariffs by the Trump Administration.

The U.S. solar power market, moving past Section 201

The Solar Power Finance and Investment conference provided a view into how the U.S. solar industry is adapting to the Section 201 tariffs, and what the road ahead looks like.

JinkoSolar reveals details of Jacksonville factory in filing

The plant will make modules based on 158.75 mm square P-type mono PERC cells, and JinkoSolar plans to begin operation in October.

More than 20 PV makers request exemptions from US solar import duties

The list includes many of the big names in the industry as well as a request to exempt the entire EU panel industry.

Natcore develops new processes for foil cell

Rochester, New York based technology company Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.

Wacker’s polysilicon business grows in 2017

The turnover of the Munich-based chemical company increased by 6%. The polysilicon business of Wacker Chemie also continued to increase last year; however, the production halt in the U.S. prevented even stronger growth.

UPDATED: World’s largest batteries hiding in Colorado bids

Xcel Energy’s December 2017 solicitation results contain bids for energy storage projects at least as large as the current world’s largest under construction, and far larger than the world’s biggest running batteries.


Wacker reveals details on explosion at its US facility

Tennessee safety authorities have submitted their report on the hydrogen explosion at the polysilicon plant of the German manufacturer in Charleston. They demand $25,400 in fines from Wacker Chemie for violations of various regulations, and the company continues its efforts to resume production.

Trump exempts Canada, Mexico from steel and aluminum tariffs

President Trump has exempted the two nations from 25% import duties on steel and 10% duties on aluminum, and has further left the door open to any nations with which the United States has a “security relationship”.

JinkoSolar downsizes plans for Jacksonville, Florida factory

The Chinese PV giant is now planning to employ only 1/4 the number of workers previously planned in one PV module factory, which will be online by the end of next year.