PVinsights: China drives solar crash

Solar panel prices plunge seriously this week, due to the price competition expanding globally. The fragile and uncertain installation backdrop and policy shocks are all contributing to a softer demand environment as well as the solar prices. In China, as Chinese module makers have already stung by China demand woes, face mounting pain as growing inventories leave many companies starve for cash. The record low bidding prices for power plants in China are the evidence that Chinese module makers are striving to secure the limited orders. Furthermore, in order to meet the shipment target in 3Q, Chinese module makers have expanded their battlefield from China to other major solar markets, especially in the US, Japan, India, and Euro. Since the 2nd tier Chinese module makers target at regions with no punitive tariff enforced, especially in India and Japan, solar panel prices remain pressured as they continue to dump excessive inventories out of China.

HNU PHOTONICS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

KAHULUI, MAUI, HAWAII: Award winning technology innovator HNu Photonics celebrated its 10th Anniversary earlier this year. Founder and CEO Dan O'Connell made a keynote address summarizing the firm's many achievements over its first decade.

SPI 2016 - Innovative Solar, Inc. Presents the Solar Industry's FIRST Rapid Shutdown® Combiner Box with Capacitor Discharge

The Combiner comes with optional AFCI and surge protection. Innovative Solar's PV powered combiners will accommodate single or multiple MPPTs. Ranging from 4 to 24 strings in grounded or ungrounded applications, this is the ideal product for commercial rooftops and ground mount applications.

San Diego Academy K-12 Chooses Baker Electric Solar for 139.65kW Solar System

Baker Electric Solar and San Diego Academy announce plans to install a 139.65kW solar system in Q4. The rooftop and carport installation will save the school more than $55,000 in energy costs in the first year alone.

Mitsubishi Corporation Invests in US Solar Energy Firm Nexamp

A number of notable changes have taken place in the US energy market in recent years. On the one hand, stricter environmental regulations have led to the closure of coal-fired power plants while the construction of new gas-fired plants has gained greater momentum thanks to the availability of cheaper sources such as shale gas.

IHS Markit Names Trina Solar, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha Q-cells and Jinko Solar as Leaders in PV Module Supplier Scorecard 2016

Thirteen module manufacturing companies are ranked based on complete review of photovoltaic module supplier base

Floating solar power sector has "considerable" bank support

Mark Lammey  for EnergyVoice:  A major bank’s decision to throw its weight behind a floating solar power scheme shows the sector is rich with commercial potential, bosses at engineering consultancy OST Energy said.

OST acted as technical adviser for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) during the early stages of the project to bring Europe’s largest floating photovoltaic solar project to financial close earlier this year.

The 6.3 Megawatt peak (MWp) array, installed by Lightsource Renewable Energy, is the first project of its kind to secure European bank financing.

It now provides a source of clean energy to water utilities company, Thames Water, on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir west of London.

Thames Water will buy all energy generated by the project as part of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Lightsource.  Cont'd...

SPI 2016 - SMA Expands Residential Portfolio by Adding New Sunny Boy Models with Secure Power Supply

Installer-Friendly Sunny Boy 3.0-US/3.8-US/7.0-US/7.7-US Achieves UL Listing

Ethical Electric Passes $1 Million Corporate Donation Milestone

Ethical Electric, a renewable energy company providing 100 percent clean electricity to retail power customers across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest, has donated over $1 million to environmental and social impact organizations - nearly doubling total donations since early 2015.

How To Access Financing For Your Next Commercial Solar Project

Borrowers may underestimate the extent to which they need to be prepared before soliciting project financing. There are six key documents essential for obtaining capital for financing any solar project.

3M Launches 3M™ Wind Protection Tape 2.0 at WindEnergy Hamburg Expo

Rotating at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, wind turbine blades consistently encounter an array of environmental factors - including sand, hail and salt spray - which can cause significant damage and reduce aerodynamic efficiency.

EDF Renewable Energy Confirms Turbine Order with Vestas

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has placed a firm order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to supply 160 megawatts (MW) for future wind projects in the United States. The order is part of a global master supply agreement.

Smith Expands into the Solar Market

Smith acquires ONTILITY's solar distribution and service business

SEAWARD - NEW PV200 COMBINES SOLAR PV TESTS WITH I-V CURVE ANALYSIS

Using simple push button operation, the new multi-function PV200 from Seaward (PV210 in USA) carries out all the electrical tests required by IEC 62446, including open circuit voltage, short circuit current, maximum power point voltage, current and power, and insulation resistance.

Rising Demand of Solar PV in Commercial and Residential Organization to Boost Solar Tracker Market

Market Growth - CAGR of 17.6% During 2015-2020, Market Size - $ 6.37 Billion by 2020, Market Trends -technological advancement and product innovation in solar tracker market

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