Commercial & Industrial PV

Deloitte says millennials are driving solar expansion

According to Deloitte’s annual “Resources 2017 Study – Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress,” grid parity, driven by technological advances and plunging prices, has allowed consumers and businesses to choose clean energy over more traditional fossil-fuel options, with increasing solar use being most consumers’ top priority.

Helsinki Airport goes solar

A new rooftop PV system will help to lower the airport´s carbon footprint. Finavia plans to reduce the emissions on all of the company’s 21 airports to zero by 2020. The Helsinki airport will meet this goal by this year, expects the Finnish company.

ABB, Trina Solar dominant in thriving Indian market, finds Bridge To India

Latest Indian Solar Map by analysts Bridge To India finds that Trina Solar has 25.7% of module market share, with ABB top of inverter charts on 28.6% share. Solar sector poised to grow by at least 8 GW this year.

O&M business must get to scale

At the first day of the conference PV Asset Management and O&M Europe 2017, which winds up today in Hamburg, almost all the participants agreed on the fact that the business is becoming more and more complex, and that getting to scale may provide a path through a period of further consolidation.

U.S. utility-scale solar falls below US$1 per watt (w/ charts)

A Q1 report by GTM Research and SEIA found PV system price declines across all sectors, following collapses in component pricing. Fixed-tilt utility-scale systems broke the US$1 per watt barrier for the first time during the quarter.

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PV accounts for 12.3% of net generation in Germany in May

According to analysis from Fraunhofer ISE, PV was almost on par with nuclear power in Germany in the previous month. PV systems installed in Germany generated the record volume of 5.57 terawatt hours.

Austria has strong potential for solar-plus-storage

Although the central European country has a solar market with a stable growth, the residential solar-plus-storage segment is still far behind its strong potential. In 2016, around 500 storage systems combined with PV installations were installed under the incentive scheme in the country.

pv magazine 5th Quality Roundtable: a holistic approach is needed to solve quality issues

At pv magazine’s 5th Quality Roundtable at Intersolar Europe 2017, experts from the solar industry looked into holistic approaches to quality management for the lifetime of projects looking at selection of components and legal and technical issues.

California market troubles bring down U.S. residential numbers during Q1

While utility-scale and C&I solar performed well, the U.S. residential market contracted 17% due to slowness in California and other key solar markets.

Ontario improves rules for net metering

Under the new rules, which will come into force on July 1, the size limit of 500 kW for power generators installed under the scheme will be removed.