Reducing OEM module supply should be quality-driven, not to save a penny on blended costs

The use of third-party cell and module sourcing has seen a massive uptick in the solar industry, during the past 2-3 years.
The appetite of leading global module suppliers to rely on outsourced cells and modules has been clear to see in the past 12-18 months, but tends to go through almost quarterly tactical adjustments, often driven by factors that are potentially creating risk for long-term downstream asset holders of utility-scale sites.

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JinkoSolar hits new industry module shipments benchmark of 2,884MW in Q2

Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar set another new industry record for PV module shipments in the second quarter of 2017, with first half year shipments just shy of 5GW.

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India extends deadline for anti-dumping responses to 12 September

India’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) has extended deadline for filing responses for its anti-dumping investigation into imports for solar cells and modules from China, Taiwan and Malaysia, due to requests from various stakeholders as well as attorneys from some exporters.

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JinkoSolar working with Heraeus on next-gen solar cell R&D activities

Major metallization paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics said it had signed a major strategic partnership agreement with ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar that will focus on what the company said would be the development of a new generation of “Super PV Cells” with higher efficiencies and lower costs.

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Jolywood supplying N-type mono bifacial modules to 6.7MW project in India

Dedicated N-type monocrystalline module manufacturer Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd (Jolywood) is the first company to supply its bifacial modules to a decent sized 6.7MW project in India.

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STS-Certified wins inspection contract on 1.17GW of JinkoSolar panels

PV modules inspection agency STS-Certified had secured a mammoth contract from major India-based EPC firm, Sterling & Wilson to inspect a total of 1.17GW of JinkoSolar PV modules headed to a planned PV power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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LONGi fast-tracking capacity expansions as sales jump in Q2

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Green Energy Technology and the leading fully-integrated high-efficiency monocrystalline module manufacturer, reported first half 2017 revenue slightly down from the prior year period as a result of average selling price (ASP) declines, partially offset by product shipment growth.

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India’s MNRE calls for domestic PV manufacturing capacity update

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has called on domestic solar manufacturers to update information on their installed capacities, operational capacities and annual production.

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Heckert Solar reduces cell-to-module losses using Fraunhofer ISE’s software

German-based PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar GmbH said that it had been one of the pioneers using Fraunhofer ISE’s new software that helps reduce cell-to-module losses that have led to module performance gains.

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India’s Borosil achieves ‘world-first’ fully-tempered 2mm solar glass

Indian manufacturer Borosil Glass Works has completed acceptance tests for a major line of 2mm fully-tempered glass, which a company executive claims to be the first such glass produced at this thickness in the world.

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Solargiga seeing strong demand for mono N-type wafers as sales rebound in 1H 2017

China-based integrated monocrystalline PV manufacturer Solargiga Energy Holdings’ sales have rebounded in the first half of 2017, fuelled by demand in China for high-efficiency wafers including N-type wafers for ‘Top Runner’ PV power plant projects.

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