Manufacturing

BREAKING: SolarWorld Americas joins Suniva’s trade petition

After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

BREAKING: U.S. trade commission moves ahead with Suniva investigation

The International Trade Commission decided late tonight to move forward under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to investigate whether the bankrupt module maker deserves protection from its Chinese competitors, with potentially severe results for the U.S. solar market.

BREAKING: SolarWorld may close Oregon factory

The company has given WARN Act notices to all of its employees, and says that it is trying to determine the right size going forward.

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Report: Suniva case could slash U.S. PV market 60% by 2021 (with chart)

IHS Markit says the complaint creates uncertainty among module manufacturers, who can no longer offer price guarantees to clients until the case is resolved.

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Thin film solar hangs on as a niche

A new report by Lux Research finds that First Solar and Solar Frontier are holding onto a corner of the market, if not posing much of a threat to c-Si dominance.

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Panasonic’s 2016 profit falls as solar sales sag

While declining sales of solar panels in Japan eroded the electronics giant’s earnings, Panasonic is holding on for growth driven by its collaboration with Tesla.

SolarWorld Americas to continue operations

Amid a flurry of speculation after its German parent company SolarWorld AG, the U.S. arm of the crystalline silicon PV manufacturer released a statement reassuring the market and its employees that it continues to operate at full strength.

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Solarworld insolvent, provisional administrator named

The Bonn court has confirmed to pv magazine that Horst Piepenburg was named temporary administrator for SolarWorld. The company’s German subsidiaries have also filed for insolvency.

Amtech posts revenue growth in quarterly results

The U.S./Dutch tool maker also saw order intake and quarter-end backlog increase in the latest quarter. All of the company’s segments contributed to the turnover growth registered in this period.

SMA remains in the black

A difficult market environment has led to a drop in sales and profits. The German inverter maker, however, was able to keep writing black numbers in the latest quarter.