Tesla roof tile production at Gigafactory 2 delayed

Having just completed its first ‘Solar Roof’ tile system installations in the US, Tesla said in reporting second quarter 2017 financial results that production of the roofing tiles would not enter mass production at its Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York until the end of 2017.

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LONGi Solar pushes mainstream mono-PERC module to 325.6W

Leading mono-crystalline solar cell and module manufacturer LONGi Solar has reported that its 60-cell ‘Hi-MO1’ module has achieved a power output of 325.6W under standard testing conditions (STC) with a conversion efficiency of 19.91%, verified by TUV Rheinland Shanghai Lab.

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SunPower lowers full-year revenue guidance

Despite running at full-capacity, US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp has lowered its full-year revenue guidance as losses mount and margins compress across its utility, commercial and residential markets.

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Intevac expects order for 12 ‘ENERGi solar ion implant tools’ to ship in 2017

Specialist semiconductor and PV equipment supplier Intevac expects to start shipping its largest ever single tool order to a customer in China planning to ramp N-type mono IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) solar cells and modules, including bifacial modules in the second half of 2017.

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JinkoSolar pushes bar on anti-PID testing

Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has raised its Potential Induced Degradation (PID) resistance test metrics for its standard 1,000V and its 1,500V solar modules, using an extended IEC62804 standard.

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India mulling safeguard duties on solar imports with China in sights

India is now considering imposing safeguard duties on the import of solar cells and modules from China and certain other countries, while it continues contemplating imposing anti-dumping measures.

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Mondragon secures €22 million in solar module assembly orders

Mondragon Assembly Solar, a division of Spain-based Mondragon Assembly Group has secured multiple new turnkey assembly and automated assembly equipment orders from Algeria, Egypt, and China in June.

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REC adds its first mono-module to product offering for Japanese residential market

Norway headquartered integrated PV module manufacturer REC Group has launched its first product using monocrystalline solar cells, a compact 50-cell module, specifically designed for the Japanese residential market.

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Singulus wins follow-on order for CIGS thin-film sputtering tools

Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has secured a new follow-on order with an unidentified customer in Germany for several CIGS thin-film sputtering tools.

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Centrotherm sharing in tool orders from Manz for China CIGS thin-film lines

PV specialist equipment supplier centrotherm has secured a number of sputtering systems tool orders for two turnkey CIGS thin-film facilities being supplied by equipment and automation specialist Manz for JV customers Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group.

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JinkoSolar collaborates with TUV Rheinland on bifacial module testing standards

Leading Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member JinkoSolar said it had been collaborating with TUV Rheinland to develop standardized testing methods for bifacial PV module technology.

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