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Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

First Solar knocks it out of the park in Q3

The thin-film maker topped $1 billion in quarterly revenue with impressive profitability and a strong war chest as it continues its retooling for Series 6.


Hemlock Semiconductor to lay off 100 workers

The Michigan-based polysilicon maker has been in trouble since the imposition of Chinese trade duties on imported polysilicon in 2013.

Sean Hannity weighs in on the Section 201 case

The Fox News host has come out against trade action on solar modules, echoing lines that will sound familiar to anyone familiar with the trade case.


The challenge of uncertainty: Strata Solar on the Section 201 case

In this interview, Strata Solar Senior VP Brian O’Hara talks about the challenges that the Section 201 trade case is bringing to his company, and how Strata is meeting these challenges.

Thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.


PV system prices have already increased due to Section 201 (w/ charts)

The latest report by GTM Research puts numbers on the increase in H2 2017 system prices and analyzes the potential damage from a range of scenarios.

Labor Deparment finds SolarWorld employees eligible for benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor has found that the troubled module manufacturer’s laid-off employees should receive additional benefits because their terminations were the result of the company’s difficulty competing with imports.

SunPower: Any trade action should apply to everyone but us

The high-efficiency solar maker asks for Section 201 action to include First Solar’s thin film products, but to exclude its back contact crystalline silicon solar as a unique product.


Module manufacturer Itek bucks trend, opens new factory

As the solar industry debates the long-term viability of U.S. module manufacturing rage in Washington, the company opened a new 48,000 square foot facility, positioning itself for potential marketshare gains if new sanctions on module imports are imposed.

First Solar weighs in on the Section 201 trade case

The world’s largest thin-film solar maker has sided with the petitioners, testifying to the difficulties that U.S. solar cell and module makers are experiencing and the challenges of competing with imports supported by foreign governments.

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