Solar fallout in the USA after Solyndra fails
A disturbing possible market development in the USA, which could have substantial ramifications for both the fourth quarter of 2011, and 2012, and which adds to the reports of collapsed or weak markets in Europe, is the failure of Solyndra (and Evergreen). Although the insolvencies were announced several weeks ago, the shockwaves have yet to subside.
"Why is Merkel talking solar down again?"
"Why is Merkel talking solar down solar?" – reads the text of an incredulous SMS that I received last week from an American solar analyst. This SMS was not the only disbelieving reaction to the news last week that, apparently out of the blue, Merkel called solar subsidies into question at a regional conference.
The Q4 solar boom in Germany is cancelled
While several analysts and market researchers still dream about the German solar market in 2011 either matching or even topping the level of the previous year, the market has instead given companies the cold shoulder.
A "difficult delivery" awaits
In his latest blog, publisher Karl-Heinz Remmers talks about what will happen if Germany reaches grid parity conditions in private households in nine months.
Karl-Heinz Remmers tackles the issue of Chinese competition and asks why, if it really is as bad as it seems, has nothing yet been done? Read on and add your thoughts to the discussion, below.
PV market: Buy, don’t play poker!
"Buy! March, march!" has been the command on an advertisement from an electronics chain store in Germany for several years now. I would like to recommend this to both the German photovoltaics industry and any interested investors – winter is coming, the next Renewable Energy Act [EEG] reduction is on the way, and never before have the prices for photovoltaic systems been so favorable.
Undergoing radical change
If one believes the German press, then "doomsday" for the photovoltaics industry is imminent. The negative wave of "notorious naysayers" in the media is accompanied by a poor series of corporate data. And this will probably not abate in the near future because virtually every partial market for solar energy is undergoing radical change.
Karl-Heinz Remmers has been active in the solar industry for around 20 years. In 1998, he established the Berlin-based Solarpraxis AG. In addition to setting up conference and engineering departments, he launched pv magazine (international), pv magazine China (Chinese) and photovoltaik (German). Furthermore, he has authored and co-authored numerous books dealing with the topics of photovoltaics and solar thermal.