First Solar Postpones Vietnam Factory, Consolidates Global Manufacturing Capacity
First Solar Inc. says it has consolidated its manufacturing capacity plan and will postpone commissioning of its Vietnam factory until global supply and demand dynamics support the additional capacity.The company plans to continue developing its factory in Mesa, Ariz., in order to supply PV modules for its 2.7 GW North American project pipeline, which includes the Agua Caliente, Desert Sunlight, Antelope Valley Solar Ranch and Topaz projects.In addition, First Solar reports "accelerated progress" toward its module conversion efficiency and production throughput targets.
In the third quarter, the company began to implement technologies and processes derived from its research and development program that produced a world-record 17.3% efficient cadmium-telluride solar cell in July.First Solar also expects that continuous improvement programs in its production process, coupled with the efficiency gains, will increase its average manufacturing throughput to 70 MW annually per production line by the end of 2012 - up from 63.5 MW per line in the third quarter of 2011.
SunPower Corp. is implementing a reorganization that the company says will allow it to align its businesses and cost structure with expected market conditions in 2012 and beyond.Howard Wenger will assume the title of president of regions, Jack Peurach will assume the title of executive vice president of products, and Marty Neese will remain chief operating officer, with expanded responsibilities.In addition, chief financial officer Dennis Arriola will be leaving the company in March 2012, and Jim Pape, president of residential and commercial business, will be leaving the company this month.
Clean Energy Experts, a provider of solar lead generation, has introduced a program to provide solar installation leads to alumni of Boots on the Roof, a renewable energy training provider.According to the companies, this program is intended to provide graduates of Boots on the Roof's solar installation training program with pre-qualified solar customer sales leads - at a discounted price - to boost their marketing and sales success as they begin their careers as solar installers.The program is open to all Boots on the Roof alumni, who can participate by registering here.
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