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Two-thirds of US solar installers do not offer storage, study finds

Sonnen, Tesla.

A study by EuPD Research shows just 34% of PV installers in the U.S. offer storage solutions to customers, with those reluctant to do so citing cost concerns. However, 26% that currently do not offer storage hope to include it in...

Focus on India’s solar policy framework

India photovoltaics installation

After the launch of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the world’s solar markets have been closely monitoring its progress. Particular interest is focused on the program’s movement from the policy stage into...

Weak inverter demand expected

PV inverter market revenue and pricing change by quarter.

Photovoltaic inverter demand is expected to be "very weak" in the first two quarters of this year, according to IMS Research’s latest market investigation. Germany’s dominance in the sector is also diminishing.

Solar’s best ever year

Global PV concensus forecast

The first installment of pv magazine’s exclusive quarterly global photovoltaic updates, delivered by Mercom Capital Group, looks both at the impact of Japan’s nuclear disaster and analyzes why 2010 was solar’s best year.

Australia: New government promises push to solar

Sun rise in New South Wales, Australia

The Liberal/National Party Coalition swept to power in elections in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) last weekend delivering the biggest defeat in Australian electoral history and some interesting developments for...

Suntech responds to SolarWorld threat

Siemens PV panels

Competition in the PV sector is getting tougher, and companies are getting nervous. Suntech has reacted calmly to reported attacks from German competitor SolarWorld.

Spain stops subsidies for 350 solar plants

Spanish flag

Spain’s national energy commission, CNE has suspended solar subsidies for 350 installations, after finding that that they were not generating electricity when they claimed to be.

Global solar shares boosted by Germany’s first Green win

Solar panels

Solar stocks around the world have risen after Winfried Kretschmann became the first regional Green Party president in German history. In an interview with pv magazine Wolfgang Seeliger speaks about the country’s political...

India: Plans for 40 MW solar plant underway

Image of Ahmadabad in India's Gujarat state

PLG Power is in the process of establishing a 40 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in India’s Gujarat state. It is expected to be completed by the end of the next financial year.

On the cusp of intelligent PV

General PV module picture

The PV industry is on the cusp of a new generation, where many believe intelligent design will become standard. According to one industry expert, to avoid being left behind, now is the time to introduce this technology to the...

Germany: 17 percent renewable electricity

Conergy PV large installation Germany

Germany’s conservative government has issued its annual report on the contribution of renewable energy to the German energy market in 2010. Wind turbines, hydroelectric plants, solar cells, and biogas digesters now provide nearly...

Fukushima fallout could create 100 GW of newly installed PV

City of Rifle PV power plant SunEdison

Following the nuclear disaster in Japan, Bank Sarasin believes the potential now exists to install an additional 100 gigawatts (GW) of PV by 2015.

Belectric tops global PV system integrator rankings

Belectric PV Plant in Rentweinsdorf, Germany

Having developed over 300 megawatts (MW) worth of PV systems last year, Belectric has pushed Q-Cells out of the way to sit at the top of IMS Research’s Global PV System Integrator Rankings.

SunPower to build 5 MW solar farm in Hawaii

Kalaeloa, Hawaii, beach

SunPower Corporation is to build a five megawatt (MW) solar farm in West Oahu, Hawaii. The generated power will be sold to the Hawaiian Electric Company.

Search for the niche, next to gigawatt class

The quality and cost question was raised once again at the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum. Image: Hans-Christoph Neidlein/Solarpraxis AG.

With a call for increased cooperation within the European PV industry along the value chain, the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum in Berlin under SEMI PV Group came to an end.

Italy: On standby

Italy's solar associations will meet this week to draw up a proposal on the changes to the incentives scheme. Image: Sun Edison

The Italian government looks like it is ready to listen to PV associations. A meeting this week will seal the new proposal for the state of solar in the country.

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