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SolarWorld to miss 2016 forecasts

The German PV manufacturer announced that although it is set to achieve its shipment forecast for 2016, it is unlikely to meet its revenue and operating income forecasts for the year, and has already begun to point the finger at Chinese companies.

Stunning price falls could spark another gold rush for U.S. solar market

A Deutsche Bank report has predicted “sharp declines” in U.S. solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a “final ‘gold rush’” in the American residential, commercial and industrial markets, starting in 2017.

Trina Solar breaks multicrystalline silicon solar module efficiency record

The Chinese PV manufacturing heavyweight achieved an aperture efficiency record of 19.86%, which is up a significant 0.7% from the previous record of 19.14%, as the trend in the industry is for continuing efficiency improvements across all solar cells and modules.

Panasonic to take over PV cell, module production at SolarCity gigafactory in Buffalo

The two firms have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the production of solar modules and cells at Tesla’s Buffalo facility, and to source Panasonic cells. The deal rests on completion of Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition.

Mercom: Partial recovery in solar investment during Q3 (with charts)

Mercom Capital’s Q3 report shows a significant increase in investment levels from last quarter, but funding is still down across the board compared to a year ago.

U.S. demand helps boost REC module shipments 25% in Q2

The Norwegian solar company shipped 326 MW of modules in the second quarter of 2016, with the United States accounting for 60% of all shipments.

Perovskite breakthrough may fast-track new solar PV technology

Just over a year after Australian cleantech company Dyesol claimed to have achieved efficiency levels of 10 per cent in its perovskite solar cells, US researchers claim to have topped that, with a breakthrough that could also work to fast-track commercialisation of the technology.


Boom time: the pv magazine USA week in review

It’s a complicated time in the U.S. solar industry, with a booming market for utility-scale solar and increasing public interest, but also collapsed PV module prices and shifts in production.

GT appoints Greg Knight CEO, reinforces focus on polysilicon

The solar and polysilicon equipment maker hasn’t said what will become of its Merlin cell interconnection technology or its Hyperion ion implant technology.

Video: LG introduces two new high-power PV modules for the U.S. market

In this interview with pv magazine LIVE, LG presents a new back-contact module for the residential market, as well as new modules for the utility-scale space.

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