Investor corner

The pv magazine investor corner contains articles from prominent market analysts and industry news, and updates on module and stock prices.

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Overcapacities and subsidy cuts prompt falling prices around the world

Module overcapacity on a global scale is putting downward pressure on prices.

Globalization is a fact of life in the solar PV industry as much of the production of modules and other key PV system components takes place in China, only to then be shipped across the seas to customers in other continents.

Stunning price falls could spark another gold rush for US solar PV market

SolarCity rooftop array. Flickr image by orngejuglr.

A Deutsche Bank report has predicted "sharp declines" in US solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a "final 'gold rush'" in the American residential,...

8minutenergy announces capital raise to support 5.5 GW PV pipeline

8minutenergy's 50 MW Chocolate Mountain solar PV plant in California. Image: 8minutenergy

The California-based solar developer is looking to take advantage of a growing U.S. PV market, by raising capital on its near shovel-ready projects, which the company believes have a value in excess of USD 1 billion.

GCL New Energy selling USD 14 million of PV equipment to China Finance

GCL New Energy project. Image: GCL New Energy

The solar PV manufacturing equipment will be sold to China Finance in two separate transactions, and will then be leased back to two separate subsidiaries of the GCL New Energy group, as the company looks to raise capital to...

BRICS not building enough investment in clean energy, study finds

Brazilian solar installation.

Analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa need to up their investment in renewables in order to meet climate change targets.

Developer stumps up fees for SunEdison's 500 MW India solar project

the rights to develop a 500 MW solar farm in Andhra Pradesh were previously won by SunEdison, and now SECI says payment of fees to continue with the project have been received.

A power developer has paid a reported INR 2 billion in government fees to Solar Energy Corporation India to enable it to develop solar project initially won by bankrupt U.S. firm SunEdison.

Oxford PV gets more investment in fresh round of funding

Image: Oxford PV

The British perovskite research startup has now attracted GBP 21.3 million (USD 27 million) investment over the last 18 months, which the company is using to bring the commercialization of perovskite PV technology closer to...

USD 300 million partnership between SolarCity and Credit Suisse

SolarCity residential solar PV installation. Image by SolarCity.

The Swiss financer has agreed to a new fund with SolarCity to finance USD 300 million in residential solar projects across the U.S., as SolarCity continues to develop influential partnerships ahead of its proposed merger with...

USD 633 million bond financing confirmed for solar project in Canada

SMA installations at the Kingston Solar Project. Image by SMA.

Connor, Clark and Lunn Infrastructure completed the bond financing along with Samsung for the 100 MW Kingston Solar Project, in what is one of the largest renewable energy bond financings ever to be completed in Canada.

Sonnen receives a further USD 85 investment

Sonnenbatterie storage management system. Image by Sonnen.

The German company announced that it has secured USD 85 million in growth capital, some of which came from two new partners, which will help the company consolidate its healthy position further in the booming energy storage...

European Commission seeks to bar five Chinese PV manufacturers from price undertaking

European, Chinese flags

Citing alleged violations of the minimum import price agreement with Chinese PV manufacturers, the European Commission has moved to remove Huashun China and Seraphim China from the undertaking. Another three producers have...

Azure Global Power announces IPO pricing

Azure Power's 40 MW installation in Rajasthan, India. Image: Azure Power

Leading Indian developers Azure Global Power announced the pricing of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares are expected to begin trading today under the symbol AZRE, at an initial price of $18.00...

NSP records impressive upturn in revenue

Neo Solar Power headquarters in Taiwan. Image: Neo Solar Power

The Taiwanese PV manufacturer endured a tough start to 2016, but has enjoyed an impressive 64.71% month on month increase in revenues in September, which the company hopes will propel it further as it plots further exposure in...

Canada's Solar Ship to take flight in Africa

Solar Ship hybrid aircraft

The Toronto-based company is launching a joint venture with Manaf Freighters that will use its unique airships to provide critical cargo, such as food, clothing, medical supplies and basic necessities, to remote areas.

Jinko agrees to sell downstream business in China

JinkoSolar PV project China. Image: JinkoSolar.

A couple of interesting announcements came out of Chinese solar company JinkoSolar today, as first it revealed a 300 MW module supply deal with PV developer Senyuan Electric, then it announced that it has agreed to sell the Jinko...

German renewables surcharge to rise 8% next year

Berlin skyline

The country's transmission system operators are set to publish the newly calculated green power levy on Friday. The levy currently accounts for approximately 22% of a customer's total bill. For a three-person household with a...

4 GW module shipment landmark passed by Solar Frontier

Image: Solar Frontier

Japanese module manufacturer Solar Frontier has completed over 4 GW of module shipments to its customers, which are situated in 60 countries across the world, as it continues to develop its technology and expand its capacity.

Stock price index

The solar energy stock prices for July 2016 have been published.
Anticipated slowdown in the Chinese solar market, post-peak years on the cards for Japan, and with many U.S. developers viewing the ITC extension as something of a breathing space, solar stocks have begun to slide despite overall global growth in the industry. 

Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for August 2016 have been published.
In an overall quiet market characterized by the onset everywhere of summer vacation, module prices generally declined in July. Prices for European and Chinese modules were in a neck-and-neck race to the bottom, and even reached a low for the year.

Grid parity monitor

A grid parity update for September 2015Grid Parity Monitor is now available. The results of the ninth issue of the study shows that PV generation parity is an economic reality in Chile and Morocco and is close in Honduras.