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PV, wind, hydro to dominate renewables through 2025

GE Welspun Neemuch, India

Global solar power capacity is due to increase from 93.7 GW in 2012 to 668.4 GW in 2025, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. Big price falls are weakening growth prospects for concentrated solar power, however.


China: Capital markets re-embraces PV industry

20 MW PV plant, Qinghai, China

After a nearly two-year credit crunch, China's capital markets appear to again be embracing the PV industry.


Florida Power & Light to add 225 MW of solar in 2016

10 MW FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center near NASA's Kennedy Space Center

The utility says the advantages of its select sites coupled with decreasing solar costs will allow for the cost-effective expansion of large-scale solar.


Prep grant approved for 72 MW PV plant in Cameroon

Mamfe, Cameroon

The local division of Canada's JCM Capital aims to finance environmental and social impact investments. The African Development Bank is backing the grant.


Investments in 'grid-edge' companies climb to $1.3 billion in 2014

Alevo gigafab in North Carolina

According to GTM Research, investments in the field last year surpassed 2012 and 2013 but remained below the $1.4 billion the sector raised in 2011.


Solarexpo could herald Italian solar renaissance

Il Duomo, Milan.

Organisers of the Milan trade show say there are signs of a recovery in Italian PV. Inverter maker Fronius and Chinese giant Jinko Solar are making all the right noises.


Rewarded for Trina's module dominance

Shipping containers.

The president of the module business, which has become the world's biggest, has been promoted to the Trina Solar board. The Chinese giant also added a new independent director.


Plummeting oil prices could adversely affect off-grid uptake

A mine in Australia.

Falling oil prices have the potential to harm the uptake of solar-diesel hybrid systems, according to research from German consultancy firm THEnergy.


Price volatility dogs energy leaders across the globe

An oil well in the U.S.

World Energy Council report cites oil price plunge and falling cost of renewables as most critical issue facing energy policymakers in 2015.


'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.


Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.


UP acquires stake in 50 MW project developer

Xinjiang.

ZNShine sells off majority stake in project in Xinjiang in return for EPC contract for next phase of 50 MW scheme.


Photon Laboratory files for insolvency

Photon

A German district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Photon Laboratory GmbH. A creditor filed a claim against the PV testing lab as early as June.


Russia develops high-efficiency HIT modules

The flag of the Russian federation.

Industrial prototypes of above 20% efficient HIT modules produced in Russia. News comes as Chinese company plans cell and module manufacture on Russian soil.


Cyprus military base powered by solar

The Nicosia skyline.

Cypriot government has signed a contract with a consortium of companies to develop the 5 MW, $7.5m project. The scheme is the first under the Go Green military initiative.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

A rooftop installation in California.

How the incompetence of politicians gave the world large scale PV and Angela Merkel says it is time for a 'respite from solar', Germany's gift to the world, but developers who head to Greece will have all their prayers answered,...


Serbia shuns solar

Power lines in the U.S.

Belgrade government hopes to entice energy project investment, and impress the EU, by liberalizing electricity market but is still only aiming for 10 MW of new solar.


Module price index

The latest photovoltaic module prices for April have been published. Price increase for PV modules in Europe is not quite as strong as expected. In particular, thin film module prices remained relatively stable, with March showing barely any movement. Find the latest information on pv magazine's module price index page.

Grid parity monitor

A Grid Parity update for March is now available. Eclareon's David Perez reveals all. Find the latest information on pv magazine's grid parity monitor page.

Chile investment guide

Investment guide, "Photovoltaics in Chile," published by Solarpraxis AG, in cooperation with Eclareon and law firm Dominguez, Ossa, Lon (DOLM), is available to download for free. The publication provides country-specific information on such issues as legal and political frameworks, permitting procedures, site acquisition and project financing.

Poland investment guide


Investment guide, Photovoltaics in Poland, is now available to download
for free. The main frameworks for the Polish photovoltaic market have been outlined. The guide will be updated quarterly.

Ukranian investment opportunities

On the back of FIT cuts and maturing markets, investors are looking for new opportunities in south east Europe. Ukraine is presenting one logical and very interesting investment alternative, according to Ilko Iliev, CEO of Inea Consulting.

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Betting on the bear

pv magazine, 02/2012

Solar shares: The crash of renewable energy shares on the stock exchange is not only attributable to the financial crisis and the economic difficulties besetting the industry. For months professional stock brokers have also perpetuated the fall in prices for solar shares through short selling.

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