Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Risen Energy to start production at new 5 GW solar factory in China

Risen Energy Co. Ltd is gearing up to begin production at a new, 5 GW solar PV cell and module manufacturing facility in China. A spokesperson for the company tells pv magazine manufacturing will begin this January 17.

Tesla begins production of Solar Roof tiles at New York gigafactory

The company also says that it has begun installation of the Solar Roof on the homes of non-employee homeowners.

JinkoSolar eyes tech progress as firm cements module leadership position for Q3

Tier-1 Chinese solar company trains sights on greater cost optimization and higher efficiencies with half-cell and bifacial technologies as it assesses capacity expansions for 2018 following a strong Q3 that saw the firm retain its shipment leadership position.

First Solar produces first S6 module, seals 800 MW of deals

The first modules have rolled off the line in Ohio as part of First Solar’s $1.4 billion dollar bet on its large-format Series 6. The company will also expand production in Vietnam.

Winaico to launch HJT modules in Australian market

Taiwanese module maker Winaico is set to launch its heterojunction (HJT) PV modules in Q2 2018. The high powered PV panels feature a favourable temperature co-efficient, offering a high powered module for high temperature rooftop applications.

LONGi claims 22.71% PERC efficiency world record

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE CalLab has confirmed that China’s Longi Green Energy Technology has achieved a record 22.71% conversion efficiency with its monocrystalline passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells.

U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

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

Taiwan solar merger mooted as Gintech, NSP and Solartech to suspend trading on Monday

Three of Taiwan’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers – Gintech, Neo Solar Power and Solartech – will suspend common stock transactions next week, prompting rumors that a merger between the three firms could be on the cards.

Father and son Australian company develops lightweight, solar-powered drone

The new drone features standard solar cells, which are encapsulated in composite material without losing efficiency.

First Solar scores 241 MW deal in Australia

First Solar has agreed to supply 241 MW (DC) of its thin-film PV modules to Sydney-based EPC contractor RCR Tomlinson for Edify Energy’s 180.7 MW Daydream and 60.2 MW Hayman solar projects in the Australian state of Queensland.