ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for, recently published two very nice articles about the photovoltaics market. According to Dede Williams, Germany is facing feedstock shortages and competition from cheaper regions, while Ed Zwirn reported a global overview of the industry.
And with that introduction, here are more solar news accumulating in my soon-to-post blog box for the past 2 weeks.
- Underwriters Laboratories opens North America’s largest commercial photovoltaic testing and certification facility in Silicon Valley
- China-based Solarfun Power Holdings entered into a 47.0 megawatt photovoltaic modules sales contract with Schüco International KG, a PV system provider in Europe.
- Masachussets-based Evergreen Solar, a manufacturer of solar power panels signed a new $1.2bn long-term sales contract with German-based IBC SOLAR AG.
- Photovoltaic manufacturer Sencera International Corp., is expanding its Charlotte, N.C. plant, which will exceed 38 megawatts of capacity by 2011.
- Chinese multicrystalline solar wafers producer LDK Solar signed a 10-year contract to supply a total of 400 megawatt multicrystalline solar wafers to Belgium-based Photovoltech.
- Southern California Edison began installing solar panels at the first of 150 Southern California commercial rooftops,reportedly the largest solar panel installation in the world.
- Canadian ICP Solar Technologies, a manufacturer and marketer of solar panels and products, entered a sales contract with Nissan in Europe and North America for car solar charger.
And for those who can’t get enough of solar reports…
- The Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) market brought in €149 million ($234.3m) last year with a market growth rate of 33%, according to Frost & Sullivan.
- Inorganic thin-film photovoltaic technologies – amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), is expected to erode crystalline silicon photovoltaic’s current dominant market share, grabbing 28% of the solar market in 2012 with $19.7 billion in sales, according to Lux Research.