First Solar and GE Shape Next-Generation Pphotovoltaic Solar Power Plant

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.

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First Solar Sets Thin-Film Module Efficiency World Record of 17.0 Percent

NEW YORK--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving a record 17.0 percent total area module efficiency in tests performed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The new record is an increase over the prior record of 16.1 percent efficiency, which the company set in April 2013. This announcement comes weeks after First Solar announced it achieved a world record in CdTe research cell efficiency of 20.4 percent.The record-setting module was created at First Solar's Research and Development Center in Perrysburg, ... Continue Reading

Electrovaya Partners with Canadian Solar For An Energy Storage Project

Canadian Solar to Supply 18MW of Solar Modules To Hitachi in Japan

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Sunways heads back into insolvency

The German solar manufacturer has announced it has filed for insolvency, just seven months after exiting previous proceedings. Chinese parent company LDK Solar is under fresh scrutiny after recent Chinese solar defaults.

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5 Crucial Solar Manufacturing Stats for 2014

Across the key segments of the solar value chain -- polysilicon, wafers, cells, modules and inverters -- GTM Research estimates show that 90 solar manufacturing facilities now have an annual production capacity of 1 gigawatt or greater, more than double the count for 2010. Of these 90 "gigafabs," 36 are inverter assembly plants, nineteen are polysilicon plants, and nineteen are module production facilities (including both standalone module assembly plants and integrated wafer-cell-module fabs). The increasing number of such large plants (owned mostly by established producers such as REC, GCL, Motech and Solar Frontier) and their constantly growing scale means that ... Continue Reading