Caterpillar-branded SunPower modules will be available in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East – but not yet the United States.
The Kroll Bond Rating Agency delivered an Investment Grade preliminary rating on a SunPower residential lease portfolio of 317 MW. The P50 and P90 ratings after 20 years were projected near 90%, and 73-80%, respectively.
Revenue for the polysilicon maker’s solar materials segment fell almost 70% on the previous quarter, and the company reports its Moses Lake, Washington facility is running at only 25% capacity.
In August, REC started manufacturing its newest flagship solar module: the REC330NP in the N-Peak Series, offering 19.8% efficiency at 330 watts. Its 60-cell format is practically two modules in one, building on the company’s two decades of accumulated manufacturing competency.
The analytics firm expects the price of mono-PERC modules to fall to $0.37 per watt by the end of the year, despite the 30% Section 201 tariffs.
The company has stopped operations, and says that it is installing tools to increase its U.S. module manufacturing to 500 MW per year, while moving to all mono, half-cut cells and five busbars.
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