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1366’s Direct Wafers achieve 20.1% and 20.3% cell efficiencies

Independently verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, the company and partner Hanwha Q Cells have reached these milestones using PERC cell technology.

Thin film solar hangs on as a niche

A new report by Lux Research finds that First Solar and Solar Frontier are holding onto a corner of the market, if not posing much of a threat to c-Si dominance.

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Panasonic’s 2016 profit falls as solar sales sag

While declining sales of solar panels in Japan eroded the electronics giant’s earnings, Panasonic is holding on for growth driven by its collaboration with Tesla.

SunPower’s losses continue during Q1

The high-efficiency solar manufacturer is still bleeding red ink, as it begins shipping its lower-cost P-Series modules and continues its restructuring.

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.

GTM Research: Global solar market to grow 9% in 2017

Increasing demand for solar power in China has prompted analysts to boost their 2017 estimates, forecasting an increase of more than 9% this year, with the annual global market reaching 85 GW.

1366 reaches 19.9% cell efficiency with PERC

The company has simultaneously announced its the first deployment of cells made from its Direct Wafer products in a 500 kW commercial solar array in Japan.

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Eurus Energy finishes 27.6 MW in Hawaii

The Tokyo-based renewables developer completed the project last week in Waianae, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is the company’s second biggest utility-scale PV array in the U.S.

PVMA: 75 GW of solar PV installed globally in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which show a 50% growth from 2015 with a total of 75 GW installed. This was mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

BNEF: Global solar investment fell 32% in 2016

While much of this decline is due to lower system costs, it was a difficult year for the solar industry despite a 20% growth in installation capacity.

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