First Solar, Inc. announced the start of production at its new photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, its second factory in the United States. First Solar continues to operate its flagship factory in Perrysburg, Ohio, effectively scaling its total annualized production capacity in the U.S. to 1.9-gigawatts (GW)DC.
Clean technology company Verditek PLC, headquartered in London, UK, announced the official opening of its first solar PV module factory in Lainate, Italy. Verditek Solar Italy (VSI) operates the site and production of its lightweight solar panel modules which is bringing to market.
China-based manufacturer of solar monocrystalline silicon wafers, cells and modules, LONGi Solar, announced that the front side power of its 72-cell Bifacial half-cut module exceeded 450W, achieving the world’s highest power in this module type. This new record was tested and verified by renowned certification agency TÜV-SÜD.
Panasonic Corporation announced it has reached an agreement with GS-Solar (China) Company Ltd. to collaborate in the photovoltaic business. Under the agreement, Panasonic will transfer its solar manufacturing subsidiary, Panasonic Energy Malaysia, to GS-Solar, while separating its photovoltaic research and development function in order to establish a new company with the Chinese partner. Panasonic and GS-Solar will jointly operate and invest in this new company in Japan.