The discussion on the implementation of the FITs reductions on a staggered basis throughout the year carries on. BSW-Solar’s Carsten Körnig still sees predictability of returns on investment for rooftop PV installations, but it remains hard to predict what’s in store for large-scale PV development.
Jeffries organized another conference call with trade law expert Ed Lebow on January 18 and Lebows clear message to the PV industry in the U.S. was that “you just dont want to be an importer of record” of Chinese crystalline silicon cells and panels.
In what may cause a headache for SolarWorld, a Christmas card sent from the German branch of the company has caused outrage amongst some Chinese-Americans involved in the photovoltaic industry. The card features an Asian caricature with a Fu Manchu mustache dressed in a Santa suit.
The suggestion has been put forth to reduce photovoltaic feed-in tariffs on a monthly basis instead of a half-yearly one. Via this solution, the Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen hopes to prevent anymore occurrences of final spurts of PV installations, like it happened in December 2011.
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