PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements collapse in Q3 2017

After the significant upwards revisions made to global solar PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in the first half of 2017, which we reviewed in a previous blog, the third quarter was characterised by much more tempered plans.

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Second major capex cycle underway as PV industry enters new phase of 100GW-plus annual deployment

Solar PV capital expenditure (capex) covering the midstream segments of the industry (c-Si ingot-to-module and thin-film) is now well into its second major upturn in spending, going into 2018, at a time when the industry is just about to move to a new phase in annual deployment levels of greater than 100GW.

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JinkoSolar poised to hit 10GW annual shipment target, but what next?

When JinkoSolar released its third quarter results last week – and guided full year 2017 module shipment figures – the company remained on track to overachieve on final quarter shipments, thereby becoming the first ever PV supplier to ship more than 10 GW of modules in a calendar year. Finlay Colville explores how Jinko has managed to double its market share in the space of four years and where the company might be headed to next.

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‘All modules are not created equal’ – PV ModuleTech 2017

At the inaugural PV ModuleTech 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, it became clear that PERC module technology is fast becoming the industry standard and bifacial modules are no longer seen as a niche product, however, both technologies were scrutinised from the perspective of bankability and quality assurance studies throughout the event.

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Mono based PERC modules to drive bifacial market entry in 2018

The PV ModuleTech 2017 meeting starts tomorrow (7 November 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, showcasing the key module issues that will guide site design and construction for large-scale solar sites in the next 12-18 months.

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PV ModuleTech 2017: companies attending and why they define quality module supply

The inaugural PV ModuleTech 2017 event takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 7-8 November 2017, and for many of the attendees taking part in the event, the anticipation is growing by the day!

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PV ModuleTech 2017: global module quality awareness, domestic Malaysia market relevance

The first PV ModuleTech event is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur on 7-8 November, and the event is poised to explain and define the key module suppliers, technologies and audited metrics that are imperative to developers, EPCs, investors and asset owners for utility-scale solar module deployment in 2018 and beyond.

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Manufacturing under one roof: the gold standard for module consistency and reliability?

When manufacturing capacities moved from megawatt to gigawatt ten years ago, the concept of having a fully-integrated and automated production site was widely accepted to be the most economical, Finlay Colville examines whether this is truly the case.

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Why 2018 could be a breakthrough year for ‘Made-in-India’ module exports

Things can change very quickly in the solar industry, and no more so than when new trade-related cases are introduced or existing ones are amended in scope. Often companies – and in particular module suppliers relying on export revenues – suddenly find themselves with a golden opportunity that was previously not in their strategies, or have barriers unlocked that remove competitors based in other countries.

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How to find high-performance bankable quality solar modules with minimum risk

The PV ModuleTech 2017 conference is just over three weeks away, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-8 November 2017. In our research leading up to the event, three words have consistently been voiced across almost all key stakeholders in the life cycle of a PV module: quality, bankability and risk.
These three module metrics form the raison-d’etre for the new PV ModuleTech 2017 conference.

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Why project developers and EPCs need to become technology experts to survive

Technology changes being implemented by major solar PV module suppliers today are poised to provide large-scale solar investors, developers, EPCs and asset owners with significant opportunities in 2018-2020.

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