Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

We have your back: SolarWorld offers deductibleless secondary warranties

The Oregon-based panel manufacturer launched the SolarWorld Assurance Warranty Protection Program for residential and commercial customers, designed to take effect if the original factory coverage could no longer be supported.

REC Silicon’s sales rise 18% in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian-American polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61 million in the latest quarter, as its Washington polysilicon facility runs at only 50% utilization due to restricted access to the Chinese market.

Boviet launches three new PERC modules at InterSolar in San Francisco

The Vietnam-based solar manufacturer unveiled three new PERC solar modules at the Intersolar North America show this week in San Francisco. The new lineup includes a 355W 72-cell module, a 290W 60-cell module, and a 300W 60-cell smart module.

LG, Enphase roll out microinverter-enabled AC module

LG Electronics and Enphase have jointly unveiled the new NeON 2 ACe AC module integrated with an IQ AC microinverter at the Intersolar North America trade show in San Francisco. 

G20 nations dragging their heels on low-carbon transition, reports find

Study from Climate Transparency shows that while green finance among G20 nations has been stepped up, legacy commitments to fossil fuels mean countries will miss “well below 2 degree” warming limit set at Paris Agreement. Fossil fuel spending still four times higher than renewable spending, Oil Change International report also finds.

Solaria ramps Power XT production line to more than 40 MW per year

While other U.S.-based module manufacturers have struggled this year, the California-based company has quietly been expanding.

Silicor low-cost silicon may foster greater cell efficiency

Silicor Materials is striving to demonstrate that its low-cost PV silicon production process should help boost efficiency records in the near future. The company performed its own attempt at producing a mono PERC cell with greater efficiency, and hit a 20% level on the first try, company officials say.

Seraphim Solar earns confidence of financing firms

In an atmosphere where U.S.-based solar module manufacturers are dropping like flies, it’s nice to see one ramping up production to meet ever-increasing demand for U.S.-made modules.

Tesla moves one step closer to Solar Roof deployment

Underwriters Laboratories certified the product last week, which should allow Elon Musk to keep his promise to roll the product out this summer.

United States informs WTO of trade petition investigation (ITC notification embedded)

The U.S. International Trade Commission has informed the WTO that it is moving forward with its investigation into whether Suniva and SolarWorld deserve “global safeguard” protection from their competitors.

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