Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

High efficiency solar module upgrades from REC and Trina

REC Group has begun production of its residential N-Peak Black series, reaching up to 325 watts. Concurrently, Trina Solar has released four new modules within its Tallmax, Duomax, Duomax Twin, and Honey series – some of which reach up to 415 watts.

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Powerhouse not so strong, seeking “strategic alternatives” for solar shingle product

RGS Energy has announced that its board is seeking “strategic alternatives” including a sale of the company, following on its stock being delisted from the NASDAQ to the pink sheet OTXQX platform.

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Silfab says it will bring metal wrap through solar to the United States

The company is doubling the output of the factory it bought from ITEK in Washington State, and says it is shipping tools to another factory which will make metal wrap through modules.

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LONGi, JinkoSolar, REC Group respond to Hanwha Q-Cells IP suit

All three companies say the patent infringement claim is without merit, and LONGi has provided technical details as to why its PERC isn’t based on Hanwha Q-Cells’ patent.

pvMB 3/6/19: Hawaii stays at 27% renewables, GameChange Solar ups production capacity

Happy Hump Day and welcome to your Wednesday edition of the pv magazine USA morning brief. Today we’ll check out a GreenPeace co-founder comparing the Green New Deal to the End Times, ASU dominating the Solar Energy Technology Office awards, GRID Alternatives’ “Solar Spring Break” program and everything else interesting in the industry today.

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Hanwha Q-Cells sues to keep Jinko, Longi and REC Group out of the U.S. market

The Korean/German solar manufacturer has filed patent infringement lawsuits against the three companies in the United States, and is seeking to bar them from importing solar products for the U.S. market. Hanwha Q Cells claims its three rivals have used its patented solar cell passivation technology to increase the performance of their products.

SunPower brings its A game to high efficiency

The company has rolled out its new A-Series modules as the first product using SunPower’s NGT solar cells, based on larger wafers and a streamlined manufacturing process. But will this be enough to get SunPower back to the black in its finances?

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The largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere is now online

Hanwha Q Cells has begun shipping solar panels from its 1.7 GW factory near the Georgia-Tennessee border, as the second major U.S. module factory to announce production this week.

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If not bifacial, then what?

JinkoSolar has launched a new bifacial solar module with a clear backsheet manufactured by Dupont to compete with standard glass on glass bifacial solar modules, as well to break into new markets where bifacial might not have fit in.

Inside JinkoSolar’s Jacksonville factory

JinkoSolar is ramping the third-largest module factory in the United States, as part of a resurgence in U.S. module manufacturing.

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