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FloatSun Floating Solar Cell Frame Launched (New Prod & Tech)
Phelan Energy Group
Date: 2021-10-04
Cape Town, South Africa-based solar project developer Phelan Energy Group has unveiled a new light weight thermoplastic polymer floating frame and access structure for solar modules.

The FloatSun structure can carry 120 conventional solar modules with a power output of over 400 W. A second floating structure ensures connection with other floats and is used for maintenance and cabling. The two structures have a design buoyancy of 215 and 130kg, respectively, and both are produced through blow molding process commonly used in hollow plastics production. (Source: Phelan Energy Group, Website, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Phelan Energy Group, Louise Phelan, CEO, +27 21 433 0366,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Floating Solar news,  

EU Funds ACCIONA Energia Solar Powered Irrigation Project (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-09-22
In Madrid, Acciona Energia reports the European Commission Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has awarded €4.35 million in grant funding to the €7.5 Photovoltaic Pumping Innovation in Irrigation Communities Project being developed by Acciona Energia to serve 2,000 farmers in the Ebro Basin, Spain.

The irrigation project will incorporate PV solar modules totaling 7.35MWp capacity and smart sensors to reduce water consumption and lessen the need to pump water which will save on energy bills while avoiding roughly 1,800 tpy of CO2 emissions.

The ACCIONA project is in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the National Federation of Irrigation Communities, the consultancy Consultora de Ingenieria Rural y Agroalimentaria , Qualifying Photovoltaics and the Irrigation Communities of Alto Aragon. (Source: Acciona Energia, Website Release, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Acciona,

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SolarEdge Touts 6.2 MW Rhode Island Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-09-10
SolarEdge Technologies reports it has provided a DC-optimized PV system for a 12-acre, 6.2 MW solar farm in Foster, Rhode Island. The site incorporates a mix of 15,800 bi-facial and mono-facial solar modules equipped with SolarEdge Power Optimizers to maximize energy production and reduce operating and maintenance (O&M) costs over the system lifetime.

Administered on behalf of New York-based Sunlight General Capital by renewable energy provider Arcadia, the community solar portion of the project is expected to produce around 4,384,800 kWh of solar energy in its first year has attracted over 700 subscribers. (Source: Solar Edge, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: SunLight General Capital, James Pochez, Dir. of Project Development, 212-286-1801,; SolarEdge Technologies, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200,,

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First Solar's 3.3-GW PV Ohio Module Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
First Solar
Date: 2021-08-18
Tempe, Arizona-based US thin-film photovoltaics (PV) maker First Solar Inc reports construction of a new 3.3-GW DC solar module factory is underway in Lake Township, Stark County, Ohio.

The $600 million plant will produce an enhanced thin-film PV module for the US utility-scale solar market when if becomes operational in the first half of 2023 and reaches nameplate capacity by 2025. With the new facility, First Solar will have 6 GW DC of annual manufacturing capacity in Northwest Ohio, enabling it to produce an average of one module roughly every 2.75 seconds across its three-factory complex in the Buckeye State. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 17 Aug., 2021)Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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JinkoSolar Modules LCA Certifified by TUV Rheinland China (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-08-09
Shangrao, China-headquartered global solar energy specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has received the first PV module LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) certificate in the Greater China region issued by TUV Rheinland (China) Ltd. The LCA certified modules are monocrystalline mainstream modules, with a total of 6 series and 43 sub-models.

The LCA certificate issued by TUV Rheinland is an important foundation for the Italian EPD certification. Based on the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044, it adopts a life cycle assessment method focusing on environmental impact such as global warming potential, from raw material mining to the production of silicon wafers, cells, modules, upstream and downstream transportation, power station construction, operation and maintenance to final dismantling and disposal, and comprehensively evaluates and demonstrates multiple environmental impacts of JinkoSolar's photovoltaic products throughout their life cycle index.

Combining the world's carbon neutrality commitments and China's domestic 30/60 decarbonization goal, this certification can help companies fulfill their pledges on carbon emissions reduction through recognizing product low-carbon design, optimized energy management systems, and energy efficiency improvements, social responsibility for emissions and ecological impact, and achieve the ultimate goals of energy-saving and emissions reduction.

JinkoSolar has 9 production facilities and 22 subsidiaries globally and a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11.5 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2021. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Kangping Chen, CEO, Stella Wang, +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806,; TUV Rheinland,

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LONGi Claims Eurowind 64 MW Solar Modules Order (Int'l. Report)
LONGI, Eurowind Energy
Date: 2021-08-06
Xi'an, China-headquartered solar technology specialist LONGi is reporting receipt of an order from Eurowind Energy for 64 MW of its high-efficiency Hi-MO 5 solar modules for three Eurowind projects -- 22 MW in Portugal and 42 MW in Denmark. Delivery is slated to start in Sept, this year.

With 15 manufacturing bases and more than 30 branches around the world, LONGi produces monocrystalline silicon wafers and modules for distributed and ground mount power station systems. In 2020, LONGi became the first solar module manufacturer to ship more than 20GW of modules in a year, according to the company release. (Source: LONGi, Website News, 5 Aug., 2021) Contact: Eurowind Energy, Jens Rasmussen, CEO,; LONGi, +86-21-6057 8585,

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Trina Shipping 850 MWp PV Modules for Brazilian Project (Int'l.)
Trina Solar,
Date: 2021-08-06
Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd., the major vendor of PV modules for Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Focus Energia's Futura 1, a project consisting of 22 solar energy parks under development in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil, reports the project is expected to be commissioned in April, 2022.

Modules for the 850 MWp first phase of the three-phase project will leave China in the second week of August with 59,292 pieces of 600W series of modules. These bifacial modules with 210 mm cells are part of Trina Solar's Vertex line.

According to Focus Energia, the project's energy production will be entirely destined for the Brazilian free market. Trina has been active in Brazil since 2017. (Source: Trina Solar, Website News, 3 Aug., 2021) Contact: Trina Solar,; Focus Energia, +55 11 3136-0011,

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Terra-Gen Closes Financing on CA Solar+Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-08-02
NYC-headquartered independent renewable energy provider Terra-Gen, LLC reports completion of $804 million financing on the initial phase of its Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility in Kern County, California.

When fully operational the project will produce sufficient clean energy for more than 158,000 homes and displace more than 307,000 tpy of CO2. The Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility incorporates 346 MWac of solar modules and 1,501 MWh of battery storage.

The project is on land leased from Edwards Air Force Base as well as on adjacent private land. Mortenson is the full engineering, procurement and construction contractor on both the solar and energy storage scopes with First Solar supplying the solar modules and LG Chem and Samsung supplying the batteries.

Terra-Gen, LLC is a leading U.S. developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects in North America. Terra-Gen owns approximately 1.3 GW and 77MWh of wind, solar and energy storage capacity in operation across 26 renewable power facilities throughout the United States. Terra-Gen was formed in 2007 and is owned by ECP, a leading investor in infrastructure facilitating the energy transition, and First Sentier Investors, a leading global asset manager. (Source: Terra-Gen LLC, PR Contact: Terra-Gen LLC, Jim Pagano, CEO, 646-829-3909, 646-829-3900,,

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REC Group Touts New Rooftop Solar Modules (New Prod. & Tech.)
REC Group
Date: 2021-07-21
Singapore-headquartered global solar manufacturer REC Group is touting the launch of the second generation of its premium n-type mono solar panels -- REC N-Peak 2 Series.

The modules, which can deliver up to 375Wp of power, are based on passivated contact solar cells, which the company describes as the most efficient crystalline cell technology in the industry, capturing more sunlight and generating more power. The 60-cell modules also features the REC 'Twin' cell layout design where the panel is split into two twin sections, which allows for continued energy production when the module is partially shaded. REC's solar cell technology also prevents the loss of power generation capacity experienced by a standard solar panel on its first exposure to light -- Light Induced Degradation -- by preventing the boron and oxygen inside the cells from mixing at any level.

Production of the new cell is slated for August and shipping in October. (Source: REC Group, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: REC Group, +65 6495 9228, 877 785 8055 – US Office,

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Philadelphia Solar Plans New US Module Plant (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Solar
Date: 2021-07-16
Amman, Jordan headquartered monocrystalline facial and bifacial solar module manufacturer and utility-scale solar plant operator Philadelphia Solar reports it plans to construct a 1GW solar module manufacturing facility at an as yet determined location in the US.

The company anticipates the new facility could begin operation in Q3, 2022. (Source: Philadelphia Solar, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Philadelphia a Solar, +962 6 471 6601,,

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Indian Oil Giant Commits $10Bn to Green Energy (Int'l. Report)
Reliance Industries
Date: 2021-06-28
Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Mumbai-headquartered oil refiner Reliance Industries Ltd. reports Reliance will invest 750 billion rupees ($10.1 billion) over three years in a new push away from fossil fuels to green energy.

Of the total, 600 billion rupees will be directed to four "giga factories" to manufacture solar modules, hydrogen, fuel cells and to build a battery grid to store electricity. An additional 150 billion rupees will be invested in value chain and other partnerships.

Reliance Industries, which earns 60 pct of its $63 billion (2020) annual revenue from oil refining and petrochemicals, is a Fortune Global 500 company and India's most valuable company by market value. (Source: Reliance Industries Ltd, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries Ltd., Mukesh Ambani, CEO,

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Q CELLS, eStat Partner on Hawaiian Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-06-23
Solar cell manufacturer Q CELLS is reporting a new partnership with residential clean energy services provider eStat Inc.

eStat's cloud-based energy optimization and management technology allows homeowners to build a sustainable Zero Carbon Smart Home that achieves NEM-equivalent savings and become "resilient island nano-grids" through storage batteries.

Under the partnership, Q CELLS will supply solar modules and Q.HOME+ESS HYB-G1 (Q.HOME) all-in-one home energy storage system for homeowners in Hawaii. Q.HOME will be fully integrated with eStat's cloud-based monitoring and management system, utilizing machine learning to enable home consumption to fully utilize onsite production and storage. The partnership will underscore eStat as Q CELLS' primary O&M partner in the Hawaiian market. (Source: Q CELLS, PR, Solar Builder, June, 2021) Contact: eStat Hawaii, John Borland, Dir.,; Q CELLS,

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USGBC Lauds LG for Green Building Commitment (Ind. Report)
USGBC, LG Electronics
Date: 2021-06-14
LG Electronics USA is reporting its North American headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. has received US Green Building Council 2021 LEED Platinum certification.

LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.

The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LG Electronics,  Green Building,  

First Solar Plans Third Ohio Solar Factory Complex (Ind. Report)
First Solar
Date: 2021-06-09
First Solar reports it plans to invest $680 million to double its US manufacturing capability with the construction a new state-of-the-art factory in Toledo, Ohio.

The new facility, the company's third solar plant in the Toledo area, will be able to produce one solar module every 2.8 seconds primarily for the U.S. market. It will also be the largest fully integrated solar manufacturing complex in the world, outside of China, according to First Solar. (Source: First Solar, PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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Solex, Jinchen Ink Solar Module Production MoU (Int'l. Report)
Solex Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
Gujarat, India-headquartered solar PV manufacturer Solex Energy Ltd is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of 1.2 GW of solar module production equipment from China's Jinchen Machinery. The new machinery is in keeping with Solex's planned production expansion.

The first phase of 600 MW will be commissioned by October-2021, followed by the 600 MW second phase immediately following the first phase startup. It will be a fully automated production line capable of manufacturing modules up to M12/G12 multi busbar solar cells with Microgap Technology.

The facility is planned near Surat and is in the advanced stage of completion.

Solex Energy Limited manufactures solar photovoltaic modules and provides turnkey solar solutions for solar power plants, solar water pumps, and other utility scale applications, according to the company website. (Source: Solex Energy Ltd, Website PR, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Solex Energy Ltd., 1800 572 8787,,; Jinchen Machinery,

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Panasonic Expands EverVolt Energy Storage Options (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-05-26
Panasonic is introducing four new EverVolt modules and a redesigned EverVolt Battery Storage cabinet with a reduced footprint. The expanded lineup of modules feature higher efficiency and enhanced performance as well as exceptional degradation rates.

The EverVolt battery storage is compatible with any solar module system or inverter and can be tailored to a homeowner's individual needs offering both AC- and DC-coupled options, the battery storage system can be scaled down to as little as 11kWh of energy storage or expanded to 102kWh. EverVolt battery storage system is also equipped with advanced software and a user-friendly app allowing customization between multiple operating modes and visibility into system status. (Source: Panasonic, Pr May, 2021)Contact: Panasonic,,

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Meyer Burger Opens German Solar Module Production Line (Int'l.)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2021-05-21
Swiss-headquartered module maker Meyer Burger reports the opening of its first new manufacturing facility in Thalheim, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, with a second plant slated to open in Frieberg before the month end.

The Thalheim, Bitterfeld-Wolfen has a 400 MW capacity that the company says will be ramped up to 5GW by 2026 and will produce roughly 200,000 solar cells each day.

As previously reported, Meyer Burger aims to increase its production capacity to 1.4GW by 2023, and has been awarded €22.5 million in regional German government grants to support construction of a HJ PV cell production plant in the country. (Source: Meyer Burger, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Meyer Burger, Gunter Erfurt, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00,,

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Primergy NV Solar+Stoarge Project Using Maxeon Modules (Ind. Report)
Primergy, Maxeon
Date: 2021-05-21
Oakland, California-based Primergy Solar is reporting it will purchase Maxeon solar modules for its 1GW PV solar-plus-storage project in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Maxeon-supplied modules will be delivered over a four-quarter period starting in the second quarter of 2022, for project completion in by the end of 2023.

The Gemini project is expected to utilize as many as 1.8 million shingled bifacial Performance 5 UPP solar cells manufactured by Maxeon in Malaysia and module assembly completed by Maxeon in Mexicali, Mexico.

Maxeon's Performance 5 solar panels have a rated efficiency of up to 21.1 pct, according to the company website. (Source: Primergy, PR, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Primergy, Ty Daul, CEO, 510 485 0741,

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BayWa r.e., Silfab Solar Ink Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
BayWa r.e., Silfab Solar
Date: 2021-05-19
Santa Fe, N.M.-based BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC. reports it has become a distributor for ultra-high-efficiency, premium quality PV modules developer and manufacturer Silfab Solar, a North American manufacturer of high-performance solar modules.

Silfab recently launched its new Elite line of solar modules, the highest efficiency, most durable module yet produced by the company. The panels operate at lower temperatures in concert with superior low-light performance, which together increase energy yield by as much as 6 pct on a kWh/kWp basis. The advanced back-contact technology reduces front-cell metallization, minimizing shading losses while simultaneously alleviating locked-in mechanical stress in the electrical contacts, according to Silfab. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Silfab Solar, Ryan Adams, Bus. Dev.,; BayWa r.e. USA, David Dunlap, VP Operations, ,

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Blattner Tops 50,000 MW Renewable Energy Milestone (Ind. Report)
Blattner Energy
Date: 2021-05-17
Avaon, Minnesota-headquartered Blattner Energy, the leading installer and contractor of utility-scale renewable energy in North America, is reporting an industry milestone of 50,000 renewable energy megawatts. Blattner's leadership in renewable energy, and this significant industry milestone, is the result of years of investing in people: employees, clients and community partners. These collective efforts have generated: 457 projects in the U.S. (33 states) and Canada; installation of 25,562 wind turbines; 31,787,748 solar modules installed and 1,311 miles of transmission lines.

Blattner notes 50,000 renewable energy megawatts are equivalent to: enough energy to power 14 million U.S. households; 21 million cars off the road; 51 billion gallons of water saved; and 1 billion light bulbs powered, according to the Blattner release. (Source: Blattner Energy, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351,

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College Installs Solar for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Sunfinity Solar
Date: 2021-03-24
Dallas-based turnkey solar specialist Sunfinity Solar report sit will install solar arrays for two buildings at Houston-area San Jacinto College.

The larger system is planned for the 122,000 square foot Central Campus' new Anderson-Ball Classroom Building, which is scheduled to open in January 2022 with a 391 kW solar system with 990 solar panels. The second system is slated for the 53,000 square-foot Jones Building at South Campus which is currently undergoing a $13 million renovation including a 263 kW system comprised of 667 solar modules. Combined, the two solar arrays are expected to save the College millions in utility costs .

According to San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, "Solar generation is just one part of the college's commitment to improving our energy efficiency."

Sunfinity offers customers control of their energy costs to protect them from the rising rates of electricity with turnkey solar system services that include design, permitting and installation to monitoring and maintenance. (Source: Sunfinity Renewable Energy, PR, Contact: San Jacinto College, 281-998-615,,; Sunfinity, John Billingsley, CEO

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Trina Solar Intros 670W Vertex Module (New Prod. & Tech.)
Trina Solar
Date: 2021-03-12
Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd. reports the unveiling of a new generation of TUV Rhineland IEC certified ultra-high power Vertex module with a single panel power of 670W.

According to the release, the 670W Vertex series inherits the non-destructive cutting, high-density interconnection and other high-precision technologies of the 210mm modules but delivers higher power than other 500W+ modules in the industry. Compared to other 500W+ high-power modules, the 670W Vertex module achieves a total power increase of up to 18,760W per string, 34 pct higher than that of the 500W+ modules, the release notes. (Source: trina Solar, PR 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Trina Solar,

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Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Wind Facilities (Ind. Report)
Clean Power Alliance
Date: 2021-03-12
Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the nation's single largest provider of 100 pct renewable energy, is reporting two clean energy-producing "new build" projects totaling 340 MW -- sufficient power for 93,000 homes -- have been added to its portfolio and are now online: the 40-MW Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 MWh/year; the 130-turbine, 300 MW White Hills Wind Farm in Mohave County, AZ, will generate 830,000 MWh/year.

In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA, which will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, 888-585-3788,

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Arkansas Solar Education Lab, Array Approved (Ind. Report)
University of Arkansas
Date: 2021-02-01
In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) Board of Trustees is reporting approval of a seven-acre solar array and solar learning lab that will issue a Certificate of Proficiency in Solar Energy Technology. The certificate curriculum is adopted from Solar Energy International.

With this curriculum, UAHT will become an approved training provider for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), according to the release.

The certificate program, which is expected to begin this fall, is part of the path to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Power Technologies degree at UAH

The UHAT solar lab $200,000 in grant funding from AEP/SWEPCO Foundation. In addition, Entegrity Energy Partners, which was selected to design and install the solar project, as well as First Solar and OMCO Solar, are donating solar modules and racking equipment to help complete the laboratory.

There are presently more than 42,5610 homes in Arkansas powered by solar, with twenty-six solar companies active in the state. (Source: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, PR, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 870-777-5722,

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JinkoSolar's 20 GW Solar Cell Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-01-25
JinkoSolar, one of the largest solar module producers in the world, reports it is constructing the world's largest -- 20 GW -- solar cell factory in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province, China.

The facility, which is slated to be fully operational by the end of the year, will triple the company's overall production capacity to 30 GW, according to the release. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, Website, CleanTechnica, 23 Jan., 2021)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105,,

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Toledo Solar Scores $1.7Mn for CdTe Tech. Development (Funding)
Toledo Solar
Date: 2020-11-16
In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc. reports receipt of $1.7 million in grant funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop semitransparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules a new solar-cell technology believed to be suitable for integration into building construction.

The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."

Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145,,; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office,

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LONGi Signs German Solar Products Wholesaler (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-11-02
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered LONGi Solar reports it has inked a deal with Schleswig-Holstein-based German-based solar products wholesaler EWS to distribute LONGi products in the north of Germany and Scandinavia.

Under the agreement, EWS will stock different versions of two modules from LONGi's Hi-MO4 series of solar modules, launched last year. The Hi-MO4 series is based on the M6 66mm wafer and incorporates mono-PERC and half-cell technologies. While no specific variants have been confirmed, EWS will stock versions suitable for residential and commercial projects, the company said. (Source: LONGI, 1 Nov. 2020)Contact: Lomgi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121,

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Vistra Selects First Solar PV Modules for Texas Projects (Ind. Report)
First Solar,Vistra Corp.
Date: 2020-10-30
Tempe, Arizona-based thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy Corp has selected its high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to power its six recently announced solar energy projects across the Lone Star State. First Solar will supply 869 MW (DC) of Series 6 modules to power five utility-scale solar projects, developed by Vistra, ranging from 50 to 200 MW (AC),

Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider and largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a diverse generation portfolio of approximately 39,000 MW. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, Jim Burke, COO,; First Solar, Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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Masdar to Develop Abu Dhabi's Largest Rooftop Solar Project (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-10-14
In the UAE, renewable energy developer Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is reporting an agreement with Yas Island developer Miral to develop Abu Dhabi's largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project to date at Warner Bros World™ Abu Dhabi theme park on Yas Island.

Under the agreement, Masdar will provide a full turnkey solution for the 7-MWp project, including the design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance. The project will incorporate 16,000 solar modules to generate roughly 40 pct of the theme park's annual energy demand when fully operational in Q4, 2021. (Source: Masdar, PR, Website, Construction Week, Oct., 2020) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,

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Trina Solar Expands New Module Production Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Trina Solar
Date: 2020-10-05
Shanghai-headquartered solar PV module manufacturer Trina Solar reports it plans to increase module capacity by 15 GW over the next 3 years at its headquarter in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

Trina also plans to utilize latest photovoltaic techniques including large size wafer of 210 mm, non-destructive cutting (NDC), multi-busbar (MBB), high density cell interconnection, overlapping, and others . on these new lines for next generation PV module with larger power of more than 500 W and even 600 W. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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Waaree Snares $105Mn US Solar Modules Order (Ind. Report)
Waaree Energies
Date: 2020-09-14
New Delhi-headquartered Indian solar PV module manufacturer Waaree Energies is reporting receipt of a $105 million order from an undisclosed American solar company to supply 300 MW of solar modules for a project to be commissioned in California to be commissioned in late 2021.

Waaree Energies claims to be India's largest module manufacturer with an annual production capacity of 2 gigawatts, according to its website. (Source: Waaree Energies, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Waaree Energies, waaree@waaree,com,

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RWE Expands Solar Business in the Netherlands (Int'l. Report)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2020-09-04
In the Netherlands, RWE is reporting construction is underway on its 14-mw ground mounted solar farm Kerkrade in Limburg Province. Dutch company Volta Solar is responsible for all construction works as RWE's service provider. The more than 36,000 solar module project is expected to be commission in Summer, 2021.

RWE presently operates seven onshore wind farms with a totaling 300 MW in the Netherlands and currently constructing four new onshore wind farms with more than 115 MW total capacity in the country. The company is also developing projects in Europe as well as in North America with a total capacity of more than 5 gigawatts as well as constructing a 249 MW solar project in NSW, Australia. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, Sept., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO,

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Centrotec Snares Sonnenstromfabrik (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Date: 2020-08-28
German building HVAC and energy efficiency specialist Centrotec SE reports it will invest €43 million ($50.8 million) to acquire glass solar module manufacturer PARI Group AG which controls solar module maker CS Wismar GmbH -- aka Sonnenstromfabrik.

Sonnenstromfabrik produces products under its own brand name as well as for third parties. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals but expected to close before the year end. (Source: Centrotec SE, Website News Release, 24 Aug., 2020) Contact: Centrotec SE,; Sonnenstromfabrik,

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Suntech Ups High-Efficiency Solar Module Production Capacity (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-08-05
Wuxi, China-headquartered Suntech is reporting a 1.5GW expansion of its high-efficiency "smart" solar module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, which is now in production.

The 490 million RMB ($70.2 million) expanded manufacturing facility covers 150,000 square meters and has newly installed equipment that will improve production efficiency. Suntech's new production line is compatible with multi-busbar cells of various formats from 166mm to 182mm, fitting 78-cell solar modules, as well as the upgrade space for 210mm large format cells.

As of Q1 this year, Suntech has a cumulative shipment of more than 22GW of PV modules to 100 countries. (Source: Suntech, Website News, 1 Aug., 2020) Contact: Suntech, +86 510 8531 8888,

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LG Solar Launches High Efficiency Modules in US (Ind. Report)
LG Solar
Date: 2020-07-29
LG Business Solutions reports the U.S. launch of the latest "LG NeON® 2" 60-cell solar modules featuring higher efficiency and greater performance characteristics than current models.

The new modules feature a power class of up to 365 watts with a 21.1 pct module efficiency. With a better temperature coefficient, they also deliver a higher energy yield optimized for improved year-round performance. LG achieved the efficiency improvement by using larger wafers which reduce the white space between cells while keeping the traditional industry format of 60 cells for residential applications, according to the release. (Source: LG Business Solution,s PR, Website, Aug, 2020) Contact: LG,

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JinkoSolar Claims Monocrystalline Silicon Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
Date: 2020-07-27
Shangrao, China-based solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. is reporting the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells reached 24.79 pct -- a world record for large-size contact-passivated solar cells. This result was independently confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin (ISFH), Germany.

The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a CZ mono-Si substrate with a practical size of 267.72cm2. Several advanced technologies have been implemented to achieve this new record of 24.79 pct, including passivating contact technologies, advanced diffusion system, surface passivation and advanced anti-reflection technologies, as well as material upgrades integrated into the cell process. The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell will be gradually applied to product production, according to the release. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, July, 2020) Contact: JinkoSolar,; Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, +49 5151 999100,

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India Considers 20 pct Duty on Solar Imports (Int'l. Report)
India Solar Energy
Date: 2020-07-17
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is reportedly proposing the imposition of a 20 pct basic customs duty on solar modules and related solar equipment imports, particularly from China which presently supplies roughly 80 pct of solar cells and modules in the Indian market.

Indian solar equipment imports came in at roughly $1.2 billion(US) during April-December 2019, according to the Ministry. (Source: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, PTI, 16 July, 2020)Contact: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,

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Canadian Solar Launches New Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2020-07-01
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting the launch of its super-high power Series 5 and Series 6 PV modules incorporating the company's proprietary and record-breaking cell technology, as well as the latest cutting-edge module designs.

The new modules will join Canadian Solars HiKu, BiHiKu and HiDM portfolios, expanding the range of high-power, high-efficiency monofacial and bifacial solar modules.

The new products will be backed by competitive warranties and Canadian Solar's commitment to high quality customer service. Series 5 and Series 6 portfolios further expand the Company's broad range of PV products and services. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar,

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12.5-MW Thai Floating Solar System Now Online (Int'l.)
JA Solar
Date: 2020-06-19
The first large-scale floating solar power facility in Thailand, with a capacity of 12.5 MW, has started supplying power to the grid, China's JA Solar Technology Co Ltd . which provided the solar modules for the project, said on Wednesday.

JA Solar equipped the facility with its bifacial double-glass modules based on the Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology. (Source: JA Solar, Renewables, 17 June, 2020) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,

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JA Solar, Exel Solar Ink Cooperation Agreement (Int'l. Report)
JA Solar, Exel Solar
Date: 2020-06-17
Beijing-based high-performance PV products manufacturer JA Solar is reporting a partnership agreement with Mexican PV products distributor Exel Solar. As part of the agreement, the two parties are set to strengthen cooperation in providing more high-quality solar modules to the consumers in Mexico, driving forward the development of the solar energy market in the country.

Exel Solar has corporate offices in Merida, Yucatan and warehouses in Mexico City Monterrey Guadalajara , Chihuahua, Tijuana and Merida

JA has 12 manufacturing bases and more than 20 branches around the world. The company's product line includes silicon wafers, cells, modules and photovoltaic power stations. (Source: JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd, PR, CNW, 16 June, 2020) Contact: JA Solar,; Exel Solar, +55 5531 0649 ,,

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Seraphim Solar Supplying Panels for Philippine PV Parks (Int'l.)
Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System
Date: 2020-05-13
China's Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co Ltd reports it has contracted to supply 183 MW of its high efficiency solar modules to Malaysia-based EPC contractor ERS Energy Sdn Bhd.PV for PV farms being co-developed by AC Energy Inc, the energy arm of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar , Renewables, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co.Ltd., +86-519-6878-8166,

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First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
First Solar,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000,,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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Longi Solar launches 370W Solar Module (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-05-01
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the virtual launch of its new higher power, higher efficiency monofacial PERC module HiMo 4 solar panel range in Australia.

The HiMo 4 series offers a 370W panel with a 20.3 pct efficiency -- a record high in mid-range price products pitched at the residential and small commercial segment as "maximum power on limited roof space", according to Longi. A larger panel of up to 450W with 20.7 pct efficiency is aimed more at the large commercial and industrial market.

The modules use half-cell technology to reduce power loss from resistance, lower the module operating temperature, reduce hot spot temperature by 10~20 degree C and improve the panels' overall performance in partial shade. (Source: Longi, One Step Off the Grid, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Lomgi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121,

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First Solar Inks Rabbitbrush Solar LLC PPAs (Ind. Report)
First Solar,
Date: 2020-04-24
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. reports inking two 15-year PPAs with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) for power from its 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar LLC project in Kern County, California. The facility, which will include 20MW of battery storage capacity is expected to come online in Q2, 2022.

The project will incorporate First Solar's proprietary thin film module technology, designed and developed at the Company's research and development (R&D) centers in Santa Clara, California, and Perrysburg, Ohio. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 45,000 average homes, while displacing 62,000 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: First Solar, PR, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Silicon Valley Clean Energy,; Monterey Bay Community Power,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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ReneSola, Zhongnan Industry Ink $100Mn Investment Deal (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-04-15
In China, solar module manufacturer ReneSola Ltd. is reporting and agreement under which Zhongnan Industry, a subsidiary of Zhongnan Holding Group, will invest $100 million to strengthen ReneSola's solar module manufacturing supply chain. (Source: ReneSola Ltd, PR, Mercom India, April, 2020) Contact: ReneSola Ltd, Sky Wang, CEO, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,; Zhongnan Holding,

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Trina Solar Touting VertexPV Modules (New Prod & Tech.)
Trina Solar
Date: 2020-04-01
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is touting its Vertex PV modules with an energy conversion efficiencies up to 21 pct better than the market standard.

The Vertex PV bifacial double-glass and back sheet module can achieve a power output in excess of 500W and reduce system costs by almost 8 pct and energy costs by roughly 4 pct, the company claims.(Source: Trina Solar, Mar., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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Lightsource BP Orders 1.2 GW of Canadian Solar Modules (Int'l.)
Lightsource BP,Canadian Solar
Date: 2020-02-07
UK oil and gas giant BP-backed Lightsource BP reports ordering 1.2 GW of Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. modules for various, un-named photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US and Australia.

The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.

BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions,; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755,

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Total, Marubeni to Develop Qatar Solar Plant (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-01-27
The Paris-headquartered energy giant Toal reports it is partnering with Japan's Marubeni Corp to develop the $500 million, 800 MW Al Kharsaah Solar PV IPP plant west of Doha, Qatar. Total will hold 49 pct and Marubini 51 pct.

Qatar's first large-scale solar power plant, Al Kharsaah , will incorporate 2 million bifacial solar modules with trackers and is expected to initially come online in 2021 before reaching its full capacity in 2022.

The project will be developed and operated by Siraj 1 SPV, jointly owned by the Consortium of Total Solar International and Marubeni together holding 40 pct and Siraj Energy holding 60 pct.(Source: Total, Various Media, Renewable Energy, 24 Jan., 2020) Contact: Total,; Marubeni,

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Grants to Promote Wisc. School Solar Installations (Ind Report)
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Date: 2020-01-27
In Wisconsin, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) reports it will provide grants of $20,000 each to up to 100 schools to install a solar module on their campus.

California, New Mexico and New Jersey are among the top states, where at least 10 pct of schools have have solar power installations. Wisconsin is ranked ninth on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) list of states with school solar installations. SEIA notes more than 5,000 U.S. schools use solar power and have doubled their solar capacity in the past five years. (Source: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, WXPR, Public Radio, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Amanda Schienebeck, Solar Program Coordinator, 715-592-6595,; SEIA,

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Jinko Bifacial Modules Break Efficiency Record (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2020-01-22
Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has broken the world record for maximum conversion efficiency for its bifacial solar modules, hitting 22.49pct, as verified by TÜV Rheinland, an independent provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consultation, and training.

To improve the efficiency of its mass-produced modules the company applied a newly developed anti-reflection coating (ARC) and advanced metallization technology alongside other proprietary technology and incorporated into the cell design, eliminating the inter-cell gapto ensure higher efficiency and reliability, according to a release.

According to its statement, JinkoSolar has an integrated annual capacity of 14.5 GW for silicon wafers, 9.2 GW for solar cells, and 15 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2019, according to the company. (Source: JinkoSolar, Mercom India, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105,

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