Enphase sold out into 2019, with improved margins

Enphase’s 3rd quarter results saw revenues at $78 million with an estimated $10 million sales shortfall due to a component shortage, as the company shipped 204 MW of inverters. Future speculation saw an international play on the IQ8, the SunPower partnership, and energy storage driving growth.

Europeans buying colonies back one solar racking company at a time

Esdec has acquired EcoFasten Solar, which it says gives it access to a large ecosystem of installers and distributors. The European racking manufacturer launched its US offensive earlier this year.

Head of the class: SunPower gets an ‘A’ on $440 million solar portfolio

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.

SolarEdge readying home energy storage product, breaks 1 GW shipped

In a slow global solar market, SolarEdge grew total shipments 44% year-over-year, expanded its presence in the C&I market, and grew global sales. Margins did slip, and growth rates were slower.

SunPower still swinging in Q3 results

The high efficiency PV maker is still chasing elusive profitability, but had some major successes this quarter and is optimistic about new technologies and opportunities.

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SMA, BYD charge into the US market

The German inverter maker has joined forces with the Chinese battery maker after losing U.S. market share to SolarEdge. This follows BYD linking up with Kostal to optimize communication interfaces between inverters and storage applications.

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First Solar’s big format brings big bookings

The PV maker’s quarterly results show not only the ramping of its Series 6 production at a third location, but also bookings that continuing to climb, with 11.3 GW of modules now under contract.

53 investments in the sun

The Department of Energy announced funding for 53 new through “advance early-stage” solar technologies. The projects in solar PV, CSP, finance and workforce training will receive up to $53 million in funding.

REC Silicon struggles with even lower demand, Chinese tariffs

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.

You had me at “hand-washed wafers”

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.

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