Opinion & analysis
Shrinking cultural clash between solar and mining
Thomas Hillig from THEnergy, discusses the growing trend for the deployment of renewables, specifically solar PV, next to mines. In response to issues, like lifetime differences between a solar plant and a mine, bespoke solutions are being created. However, while there is a positive business case for combining the two industries, barriers in the mining industry exist, which must be overcome if the positive trend is to continue.
With the Australian Parliament having finally passed its reduction of the country's Renewable Energy Target, Solar Business Service's Nigel Morris declares: "We're back"
The state of distributed solar in India
Rooftop PV in India holds enormous promise, writes Bridge to India's founder and director, Tobias Engelmeier. Yet, as of May 2015, there is only a cumulative installed capacity of around 400 MW. He discusses the state of the market, listing the current business models used, market innovation and policies.
Closing the gap between how rural off grid and on grid users use electricity
The focus on providing electricity to rural homes around the globe has grown tremendously, but many barriers still remain, including access to financing, subsidization, and available technology that is both effective and also affordable for low income homes.
Why auctions for power projects don’t work in India
Director and founder of consultancy firm, Bridge to India, Tobias Engelmeier argues that power project auctions don’t work in India, and instead lead to irrational competition and unsustainable business models.
Bridging Asia and Europe: solar's decade-long journey
Founder of Dutch solar insurance provider Solar Insurance & Finance (Solarif), Rene Moerman has seen a lot in his nine years as the company’s chief strategy officer. Here he muses on a decade of lessons learned about solar’s leading markets from an insurance perspective.
Australian solar mergers and acquisitions break records
The announcement that international solar company Solar Power Inc (SPI) will acquire an 80% stake in Australian solar wholesaler Solar Juice sets a fascinating new milestone for mergers and acquisitions in the solar space.