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Magazine Archive 04-2014

Poised for strong demand growth

Global PV demand analysis: The PV industry, after disappointing end market demand growth in 2012 and a prolonged period of shakeout lasting over eight quarters, saw significant global demand growth in 2013 and is now in a position to continue on this path over the next five years, explains Michael Barker, Senior Analyst at NPD Solarbuzz.

Positivity reigns down on the Cape

South Africa: March saw hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors descend on Johannesburg for the Power & Electricity World Africa exhibition. With solar PV a hot topic for discussion, pv magazine cruised to the Cape to taste the atmosphere.

A sunny future

Haiti: The international childcare efforts of NPH have alleviated the suffering of thousands of Haitian children and families. Their incredible work has been supported and augmented by a recent solar PV energy program, as Willi Ernst of the Biohaus Foundation for Environment and Justice explains.

Raising funds for projects in emerging markets

Interview: Tom Heintzman, Managing Director of JCM Capital’s Infrastructure Group, discusses the company’s private investment funds, finding the right projects and how to best mitigate risk.

All for you

Dear readers, This month the solar caravan rolled ever onwards, driven by a global demand for energy, rising conventional power prices and falling costs for PV installations! It’s a trend I’ve noticed over and over again recently: first when attending a trade fair in Tokyo (see p 32.), then following a visit to a solar […]

Research to slash BOS costs

BOS hardware: Fostered in large part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, several new projects are expected to begin commercialization by year’s end with promises of up to 75% combined balance of system cost reduction.

An interesting proposal

South Africa: An update on South African PV rooftop plants and the revision of the Integrated Resource Plan 2013 by Ulrike Brückner, attorney at the law firm Rödl & Partner.

Silicon switch

Wafer and ingot production equipment: The supply-demand gap in the PV industry is closing, pushing up prices of polysilicon and wafers, with wafer manufacturers turning to high efficiency technologies and techniques to reduce production costs.

Brazilian regions move forward

Brazil: While the central government’s position towards solar energy is still unclear, a few regions in Brazil are moving forward with different initiatives. Last December the first call for tender for solar projects in the country was launched by the state of Pernambuco. Other states are planning to introduce tax exemptions that would benefit solar projects.

Smart moves

Inverters: Balance of systems costs are in the solar industry’s cross hairs as the pressure to reduce costs extends downstream. Matt Feinstein, Senior Analyst at Lux Research and lead author of Lux’s report “The Squeeze: Trends in Solar Balance of Systems,” breaks down the recent activities in the inverter space.

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