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Magazine Archive 03-2014

PPA evolution propels commercial rooftop market

Rooftop PV: The large commercial rooftop solar market in the United States may not have expanded as rapidly as utility or residential installations in the recent past, but signs are that vertical integration and more standardized power purchase agreements could boost the segment.

Solar PV shines a light in Africa

African market entry: Despite abundant renewable resources, exponentially growing electricity demand and a young demographic, developments in Sub-Saharan African renewable energy markets have been underwhelming. There are signs, however, that things are changing, writes Dr. Ioannis Papadopoulos of the renewables advisory team of global consultancy DNV GL (formerly GL Garrad Hassan).

A rough wind

Modules prices: Continued low demand and cuts in the remuneration for European PV systems invoke the specter of a renewed collapse on the market.

Strong start

Ardour Solar Index: The index kicked off 2014 in positive territory. China’s 2014 outlook dampens momentum from positive 2013 trends.

Billions of dollars of off-grid opportunity

Australia: Major renewable energy projects are being developed which could potentially see billions of dollars of clean energy development on the fringes or outside of Australia’s two major electricity grids. The projects are being supported by a government agency and pv magazine has learned that large-scale PV developments make up the majority of the planned projects.

Stuck in second gear

India market update: Raj Prabhu of Mercom Capital examines the current state of the Indian solar PV market and discovers an industry that has stalled in the wake of domestic content disputes, yet still has enough in the tank to get back up to speed. 

Business model in stress test

Wholesale trade: The specialized PV wholesale trade stands at a crossroads in Germany. Will its expertise stay in demand because solar power systems are becoming a core component in the self-sufficient household and industrial sector? Or is it soon to become superfluous in a largely standardized mass market? Despite the wave of bankruptcies and acquisitions in the country, both models still seem possible.

Three years on

Dear readers, In the second week of February hopes were dashed that Tokyo, three years after Fukushima, would in future be governed by somebody who is critical of nuclear power. However, former TV presenter and cabinet minister Yoichi Masuzoe won the election for Tokyo governor by a wide margin. Mr Masuzoe agrees with government plans […]

CIGS from the Cape

South Africa: Regarded as one of the most promising emerging markets in PV, dozens of international companies are currently active in South Africa. In early February, Africa’s first pilot production for CIGS thin film modules opened in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, and pv magazine was invited along for a first look.

What do customers want from PV suppliers?

Market survey: IHS has been conducting PV inverter customer surveys in the last three years. Their latest survey integrated questions on PV modules and energy storage. IHS analysts Cormac Gilligan and Sam Wilkinson give an account of the most important survey results.

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