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Magazine Archive 03-2016

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Glass-glass modules: The market for dual-glass modules is expected to enjoy increasing opportunities in 2016 as more of the industry’s larger players back the technology, writes Corrine Lin of EnergyTrend.

Wholesale benefits for the US energy market

Demand response: The U.S. Supreme Court demand response ruling, on FERC Order 745, will prove pivotal in spurring the nation’s transition to a low carbon society, writes Jon Wellinghoff, partner at law firm Stoel Rives LLP.

US firms drive index lower

NYSE Bloomberg Solar Energy Index: SunEdison restructures and net metering battles wage on as the U.S. solar industry shapes the global index.

The Wild Wild West of US solar

Solar rush: Favorable market conditions are converging on the solar industry in the U.S., prompting investors and developers to loosen the purse strings and dream big as the pioneering spirit of the Wild Wild West shines on America’s PV industry.

The road to decentralization

Energy transition: Germany continues to be a leading market for installed PV capacity, and the market for domestic storage systems is booming. This raises the question of just how distributed the energy world of tomorrow will be. The debate over this question is a conflict that holds lessons for other countries as well.

The Eleventh Commandment

Solar consumers: In a new solar book aimed at the solar buyer rather than the seller, the author of Divorcing the Electric Company: The Insider’s Guide to Solar Electricity, has climbed the PV mountain to proclaim: Thou shalt not get scammed by solar sellers.

Solar in the frame

South Africa: Anna-Lena Becker of Rödl & Partner delivers a comprehensive overview of South Africa’s electricity market, specifically in relation to the vast opportunities for solar development throughout the country, and the pro-PV frameworks that have emerged.

SMA: far from out of the woods

SMA turnaround: While its restructuring has delivered results, Götz Fischbeck of Smart Solar Consulting investigates whether SMA is back on the long-term path to success, or has just earned some breathing space. The dual threats of MLPE in residential and modular three-phase in utility scale looms.

Scratching the ITC

How the ITC was won: The extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) towards the end of last year came as something of a – very welcome – shock to the industry. Nat Kreamer of Spruce Finance Inc. tells pv magazine how the ITC was extended, how the industry responded, and U.S. solar’s role in achieving bipartisan accord.

“A race to lock in alternative suppliers”

Interview: A gas leak at Dowa Hightech’s manufacturing facilities in January has caused knock-on effects through the silver paste supply segment. Andreas Liebheit, head of the photovoltaics business of Heraeus, met with pv magazine in Berlin to discuss the implications.

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