Burning ambition: 300 GW/a


300 GW of new installed photovoltaic capacity a year by 2025: Let's make it happen! 

Supported by experts, and now set by pv magazine and Solarpraxis AG, that is our target. Corresponding to a 10-fold increase in current annual additional installations, this goal will not happen on its own. Indeed, it will only become reality if we join forces to convince policymakers and the public that renewables and photovoltaic technology are necessary, useful and affordable; and if we together ensure that renewables are given genuine, equal opportunities, by abolishing the direct and indirect subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear power. Moreover, this goal will only be achieved if the learning curve progresses, if costs are reduced even further, and PV efficiency continues to improve. Scroll down for more information.

300 GW/a podcasts

This first edition of the 300 GW podcast series was recorded at the launch event of the 300 GW initiative, at the recent EU PVSEC trade show and conference. It includes interviews with industry veterans and experts from Renewable Analytics, First Solar, Hanwha SolarOne and 300 GW initiative partner Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Over the coming months pv magazine will be regularly producing podcasts investigating the theme of 300 GW p.a. with interviews and opinion from industry leaders. Spread the word and share both the podcasts and other 300 GW materials on your social networks!

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lorenzo colacicchi from taipei | http://www.ergonsolair.com

Friday, 30.11.2012 11:25

I think that if we want to reach this goal we need to redesign the way players within the industry interrelate with each other, and create innovative partnerships between the industry and the governments of nations where these installations will be done.
For such extreme goals we cannot afford to consume resources in competing between each other, we have to all focus on one competitor, coal.
The industry needs to mature in its relationships within its own category and progress to the point where there is only one commodity we sell, Solar kWh's.

Felix Krause | http://www.milkthesun.com/eng

Monday, 08.10.2012 17:01

Thank you very much for starting such important initiative. We will do anything we can to support this!

Eiji Sakai

Thursday, 27.09.2012 11:48

Thank you for launching this audacious but yet doable initiative. I strongly believe that photovoltaic energy will be by far the cheapest among all the energy sources because the solar insolation is abundant almost everywhere and PV facilities require little maintenance work. I am thrilled imaging how the societies will change around the world when this distributed and sustainable energy source becomes a pillar of the world energy supply.

Donald Osborn from Elk Grove, CA | http://www.spectrumenergydev.com

Thursday, 20.09.2012 19:21

Important Inititive, thank you for leading the charge. Just 10 years ago we at SMUD (Sacramento, CA) had about half of all the grid-connected PV in the US -- that was just 10MW! The 300 GW/yr goal is doable if we have a level playing field and the full benefitas of clean, distributed generation is accounted for. Perhaps the real import of this initiative is showing how far we have come and what we as an industry can do. That is more than 300 nuclear or large coal plants a year.

Pavan Gupta from Dubai | http://www.omangtech.com

Wednesday, 19.09.2012 11:50

300GW is possible and shall happen sooner or later. The key enablers to make it happen fast are Efficient Energy storage, Good integration of IT for remote diagnostics, weight reduction for Solar panel, Higher Efficieny for the Solar cells and plug/play installtion kits, the rest shall follow autoamtically. The commercials should not require any government support and should provide payback of about 5-7 yrs time. As we progresses on each of the above, we shall be moving to a step closer to 300GW. Good luck and let us all work to make it happen faster.

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Towards 2025

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Interview: Since launching the 300 GW p.a. initiative in September 2012, pv magazine has shone a light on the future of the PV industry, in becoming a major pillar of world energy by 2025 and beyond. As a part of the initiative, Applied Solar’s Charlie Gay joins the conversation and makes the case for PV to strive forward and take its place alongside major energy players, including natural gas.

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The future of PV has just begun

pv magazine, 12/2012

300 GW interview: While manufacturers struggle to return to profit, there is certainly no surfeit of optimism in the PV industry at present. However looking over the major hurdle the industry currently faces, JA Solar’s CEO Peng Fang, at the APVIA trade show in Singapore, explained what signs he can see in China and beyond to give him hope for the future.

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300 GW/a: PV's bold horizon

pv magazine, 10/2012

Last month pv magazine launched its 300GW/a initiative at the EU PVSEC. Speakers such as the Fraunhofer Institute’s Eicke Weber and the Lemoine Institute’s Christian Breyer addressed the theme in a breakfast event at the trade show. This month, NREL’s Greg Wilson addresses the goal and argues that as the effects of climate change become apparent, the case for such a goal to be realized will become compelling.

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Power in numbers

pv magazine, 09/2012

While the production side of the current PV industry sags under the weight of surplus supply, talk of long term optimism and big goals for future capacity may seem to be nothing but hot air. However, in an energy market where things are changing rapidly, we are tackling the idea of whether 300 GW/a of installed PV generation can be added globally in the year 2025 and beyond.

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PV as a global energy pillar

pv magazine, 09/2012

While 300 GW/a may give hope to a PV industry facing many challenges, Christian Breyer believes achieving the number is vital in realizing a worldwide energy transition. With colleagues at the Reiner Lemoine Institute, Breyer is creating a multifaceted model for a 100% renewable future. pv magazine found out what it would mean for PV.

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Industry comment

Professor Martin Green

"A PV market of 300 GW/a by 2025 definitely seems possible, corresponding to an installed capacity of about one TW by the end of that year and producing about 6% of world electricity — about the same level as in Germany in 2012. The economics will be very favorable for residential and commercial systems with the German experience showing that such penetration levels pose few problems. Increasing resistance from market incumbents, such as we are now seeing in Australia, is likely to be the main impediment. On the technology front, I would still see silicon maintaining its dominance, with polysilicon prices continuing to drop, directionally solidified ingots becoming larger and also largely monocrystalline, sawing costs decreasing and efficiencies on the resulting very thin wafers approaching the UNSW lab record of 25%. Perhaps some of the newer technology our group is now working on, aimed at growing thin film crystalline tandem cells on top of standard silicon cells, will have found its way to the market by then, providing a path to above 40% efficiency."

Greg Wilson, director of NREL’s National Center for Photovoltaics

“I think it’s doable, certainly doable with the current capabilities with the silicon-based industry one would fairly easily conclude that it can be scaled another ten times by 2025. That date is 13 years away and given the rate of growth that we’ve, in the PV industry, it seen it’s certainly conceivable. Because I work in the research and technology end of things, I do firmly believe that we’ll see other cell technologies, what would be scaled would be quite different from the current industry footprint that we see today. In 13 years, I do believe that silicon will be a major player, but I don’t believe that it will be the only technology; I also don’t believe that in 13 years that we’ll be building PV manufacturing fabs that will look like the ones that we see today. I don’t believe that we’ll be cutting wafers with a saw, I believe that we’ll have moved to a more efficient use of silicon and plants that are more sophisticated.”

Winfried Hoffmann, EPIA president

"300 GW/a is certainly not out of range. Of course it depends on some boundary conditions in a number of countries in the coming years. If you look to the growth needed, of course that’s realistic. If you look back at the average growth rate was between the years 2000 – 2010, the average growth rate in this decade was more than 50% p.a. Now I would not expect 50% p.a. for the next 10 years, but 20% growth is very realistic. So my clear answer, would I be surprised? Definitely not. Here in Europe, especially over the last 10 years, we have contributed to the growth of the PV industry by more than 50%, and that is due to the FIT. Will these support schemes continue for the next 10 to 15 years? Definitely not. There will be a transition time where we will see amendments to the support schemes – priority access to the grid, is very important on a global scale, that should be discussed and implemented to make best use of renewable kWh."

Germany: 200 GW campaign

Alongside pv magazine, sister publication pv magazine Deutschland is launching its own initiative. The aim? To reach 200 GW of installed PV capacity in Germany – 4 times the 52 GW target recently set out by the government. Visit pv magazine Deutschland to discover more.