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Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. solar manufacturers has filed for bankruptcy.

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The big stuff

Thin film: First Solar is moving to a much larger format for its Series 6 modules, which are due to begin production next year. Is this the signal that the thin film industry has been looking for to move to larger formats?

Bosch Solar voluntarily recalls 28,000 solar panels

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission partnered with the California company to recall PV modules that could overheat and catch fire, though no incidents or injuries have been reported.

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Suniva violated WARN Act provisions in layoffs, employees say

In the latest news for the troubled cell and module maker, former employees have filed a class-action suit alleging the company violated provisions of the federal WARN Act by laying off employees in Michigan and Georgia without notice.

SolarWorld wants issue of China trade practices raised during Trump-Xi talks

One of the pillars of Donald Trump’s election campaign was his pledge to protect the U.S. manufacturers from unfair competition. While it is still unclear whether he will follow through with his threats to increase import taxes on Chinese goods, SolarWorld took the opportunity of the historic meeting between President Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to harangue China’s solar manufacturers and called for the issue of solar dumping to be raised.

Schmid and MacDermid 2017 Technology Highlights award winners

Schmid and MacDermid have been selected as pv magazine’s 2017 Technology Highlights award winners. In late March, the prize jury of industry experts met to select the winners, from a shortlist of eight innovative new PV production equipment and materials. Dozens of entries to the award were received from suppliers worldwide. Alongside the two winners, the jury selected Sinton Instruments as worthy of special commendation as having provided the ‘Technology to Watch’ in 2017.

Suniva lays off 131 workers in Georgia, closes Michigan plant

The state of Georgia says 131 workers were let go yesterday, and local officials in Michigan have confirmed that Suniva’s module plant in Saginaw Township is now closed.

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BREAKING: SolarWorld recalls PV modules with Amphenol connectors

The German/American PV maker has quarantined more than 60,000 PV modules in its inventory as well as recalling tens of thousands more, with a promise to replace the connectors.

SolarWorld seeks to drastically reduce costs

The German PV module maker has confirmed its financial results for 2016. The company reiterated its outlook, which forecasts that it will become profitable again in 2019.

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