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  • Canadian Solar placing major bet on next-gen p-type multi cell technology

    21 March 2017, 17:16

    By {author@name}

    In defiance of a significant trend by a growing number of leading PV manufacturers to either completely replace P-type multi c-Si cell technology with P-type mono c-Si with PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) technology, or hedge their bets and do PERC on both wafer substrates, Silicon Module Super League member Canadian Solar is placing a potentially risky bet on pushing ahead with the migration to P-type multi c-Si PERC cell technology using diamond wire saw (DWS) and ‘Black Silicon’ texturing under its ‘ONYX’ cell branding.

  • Hanwha Q CELLS in cash preservation mode as profits and margins crash

    24 March 2017, 16:58

    By {author@name}

    ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS may have reported record PV module shipments and revenue for 2016 but the underlying strategy for 2017 is cash preservation after its gross profit and margins collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Shunfeng raises expected losses for 2016 to US$348 million

    24 March 2017, 12:22

    By {author@name}

    Diversified renewable energy firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) had previously warned that it expected to report a loss in 2016 of around US$133 million (RMB 923 million) due to a catalogue of issues but revised analysis by the company put the figure significantly higher at around US$348 million.

  • Chile to reduce capacity available in next power tender

    24 March 2017, 11:56

    By {author@name}

    Chile is set to reduce the amount of capacity on offer in its next major power tender and delay the start of power purchase agreements (PPAs) by a year, according to executive secretary of the National Energy Commission (CNE).

  • TerniEnergia signs EPC and module supply contract for 10MW Tunisia PV plant

    24 March 2017, 10:55

    By {author@name}

    Italian renewable energy firm TerniEnergia, part of Italeaf Group, has signed a contract to provide EPC services and supply modules and inverters for a 10MW solar PV plant in Tunisia on behalf of national utility Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG).

  • Movers & Shakers: Vivint Solar, ABB, Manz AG, SMA Inovateus Solar and More

    24 March 2017, 10:00

    By {author@name}

    This week's Movers & Shakers focuses on big career moves in Germany, India and the US. SMA Americas plans a major push into the US market, the International Solar Alliance welcomes a new interim director and India's Hartek Group takes on BHEL's Jeet Chhatwal to develop innovative automated systems and procedures for day-to-day activities which further improve productivity and bring more efficiency.

  • GE to develop 13 solar projects in northeast US

    24 March 2017, 00:30

    By {author@name}

    Solar solutions provider Current, a subsidiary of GE, announced that it is developing more than 17MW in solar carport and ground-mounted projects across six states in the northeastern US.