One of the most significant reshufflings in the global solar photovoltaic (PV) market in years occurred this week with Germany's SolarWorld announcing they would acquire all of Royal Dutch Shell's solar crystalline operations. Approximately 80 MW of solar PV module production will be shifted over to SolarWorld, a move the company says will make it the largest producer of PV in the U.S.

"With this additional 80 MW of capacity, SolarWorld says this will make them the largest producer of solar modules in the US."