Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Poor quality planning: Shifting the blame, passing the buck

An installation company in the Midwest reports how blame was laid at their door for defective PV panels. The actual cause of the defects probably lie elsewhere.

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GCL-Poly agrees to buy $150 million of SunEdison’s manufacturing business

The Chinese polysilicon and PV maker will buy three of SunEdison’s manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon production up until cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.

SolarWorld lodges an appeal against court judgment in Hemlock dispute

A revision request has now been received by the appropriate court in Michigan. SolarWorld has meanwhile filled further protective letters against Hemlock to various courts in Germany, as a precaution to prevent possible enforcement of any penalty in Germany. SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck is confident that the U.S. silicon manufacturer will not receive recognition of any judgements in German courts.

Fronius opens new R&D center in U.S. with eye on Tesla partnership support

The Austrian inverter specialist opens sales, product management and R&D center in San Francisco to better serve U.S. markets and commitments. Partnership with Tesla expected to be strengthened.

Canadian Solar beats shipment and revenue guidance for Q2

The Chinese-Canadian solar firm shipped 1,290 MW of modules and posted net revenue of $805.9 million in the second quarter, with nearly half of its sales to the Americas.

1366 Technologies unveils 3-D wafers

The company says that its 3-D wafers lower the amount of silicon needed for each wafer without losing strength or performance.

SolarWorld’s finalized Q2 financials confirm growth

The German PV manufacturer recorded significant growth in the company’s sales and revenues compared to the same period last year, while also returning to a positive operating result, although it had to revise down its preliminary results.

pv magazine USA weekly news roundup

A critical rate case in Arizona gets resolved, NRG moves to acquire SunEdison assets, SolarCity goes BIPV, downsizing at SMA and SunPower, results from SCTY, RUN & VSLR, and more…

SolarCity to make BIPV modules at Buffalo factory, will consider cell partnership

Industry analysts note that the market for residential BIPV in the United States is “non-existent” at present, and SolarCity’s plans to use crystalline silicon are a new direction.

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3D-Micromac opens North American headquarters in San Jose

This is the first major presence of the German laser experts in North America.

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