US solar manufacturing

China Solar Inc. Trade Battles Intensify; State Bank to Boost Financial Support for Largest Players

News of new unfair trade actions against China and Chinese PV manufacturers announced in the EU, US, and India add to the embattled industry’s woes, as well as international trade tensions and protectionism. Illegal subsidies petitions were filed in the EU; India’s PV manufacturers are lobbying to bring a WTO case; and two protectionist bills were introduced in the US Senate. […]

Advanced Solar CPV Manufacturing Plant to Open in NC this Month

Semprius and its backers — including the DOE, NREL, Pratt & Whitney, and Siemens — believe record-high efficiency ratings and low-cost production will make the startup’s concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cells and modules a winner in a global solar market undergoing much turmoil, including bankruptcies, plant shutdowns, slowdowns, layoffs, and cutbacks in government solar incentives and subsidies […]

1H 2012 US Solar PV Installations Grow 120%; US Poised to be World’s 3rd-Largest Market

Solar PV installations more than doubled in the Americas in 1H 2012, with demand in the US leading the way. Rapid growth will accelerate in 2H 2012, according to an IMS report, making the US the third-largest market in the world. 1H 2012 results put paid to assertions that the US imposition of anti-dumping tariffs and countervailing duties on Chinese imports would stifle demand in the US, according to the industry association behind the litigation effort. […]

First Solar Launches India Expansion Plan as Trade Tensions Escalate

First Solar’s shifting its strategic focus toward supplying and building thin-film solar power projects in India, as PV cell and panel profit margins continue to be pressured and trade tensions escalate. The Tempe, Arizona thin-film market leader aims to capture 20% of the Indian solar PV market even as critics assert that US government export finance banks are providing low-interest loans to Indian solar power project developers that violate WTO rules on international trade. […]