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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Residential Inverter Quality: An O&M Headache

Failures in residential solar systems can be the bane of an installer, who is often paid merely to install the system, not necessarily to back the various component warranties.

SunLink Launches TechTrack Distributed

SunLink has launched TechTrack Distributed, its distributed single-axis tracker, featuring dynamic design, site flexibility and total cost reduction.

NEXTracker acquires predictive modeling software firm BrightBox

U.S. tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has purchased software firm BrightBox Technologies in a move it says will augment its predictive modeling capabilities and expedite the commissioning process.

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.

Sunlink expands installation business in New England

The company has contracted for over 20 MW of projects in Massachusetts and Vermont.

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.

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