Modules & Upstream 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.

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.

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.

Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory to begin producing PV modules in summer 2017

Panasonic also take over capital costs at the new factory in Buffalo, and its HIT technology will be used in the Solar Roof product

Panasonic to supply PV modules to Tesla from Japan, Malaysia

The collaboration between the two companies is moving beyond Panasonic running the Tesla/SolarCity gigafactory, and will enable Panasonic to re-open a factory in Japan.

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Trina Solar shareholders approve deal to go private

Chinese tier 1 solar manufacturer Trina Solar looks all set to become a private company, after its shareholders approved a merger with Fortune Solar and Red Vibumum.

Debates about future demand for silver in PV continue

With silver use per cell falling as overall PV demand grows, two different consultancies have given different accounts of future demand for silver in PV applications.

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