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Magazine Archive 04-2016

Coming home to roost

Turkey: The Turkish PV sector is expected to reach up to 1 GW of cumulative solar PV installations by the end of 2016, which is not exactly the most astonishing news given the country’s acute need for power and its great solar resource. Nevertheless, it is an encouraging step. So, what are the factors that are going to drive or delay Turkey’s PV take off?

Two trends behind the shift beyond China

PV manufacturing: The shift of some PV cell and module production from China to Southeast Asia has been a feature of the global solar manufacturing landscape for some time. JA Solar has established a cell manufacturing line in Malaysia that it believes will deliver both the advantage of geographical diversification and an attractive cost structure. Christoph Flink, Head of Strategy at JA Solar spoke to pv magazine .

Ecobuild London: UK searches for a solar future

Ecobuild 2016: With their love of the property market and a considerable groundswell of support for environmental outcomes, the U.K. is an ideal location in which to bring the built environment and clean technology together. However, with the savage cuts to government support for solar ringing in the ears of attendees, discussions about the outlook for the country’s energy sector in general were common.

India: potential finally realized?

India analysis: The stars appear to be aligning for 2016 to be the year India arrives on solar’s main stage. But will the growth rate be sustained? SPV Market Research’s Paula Mints investigates the opportunities and pitfalls.

Indian market to double in 2016

India: With more than 4 GW of new installations forecast for 2016, India’s solar market appears to be maturing well. Raj Prabhu, the CEO of Mercom Capital Group explores the factors behind the rapid solar expansion, and the dangers of very low project bids.

Major change in Polish incentives

Poland: When the long-prepared Renewable Energy Sources bill was passed by Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, and then signed into law by the Polish president in spring 2015, it seemed that the dispute over incentives for renewable energy in Poland was finally over. Poland was due to switch from the quota regime to the auction system on January 1, 2016. Yet shortly before the end of 2015 the government postponed the introduction of the auction system for another six months. This is likely the first step towards a complete overhaul of the incentive system before auctions are introduced. Rödl & Partner’s Piotr Mrowiec reports.

New trackers on the block

Trackers: A handful of new PV tracker companies have emerged into this global bull market for utility-scale trackers, offering new designs, new benefits and in some cases, new pricing. The barriers to entry into the leading U.S. tracker market are substantial, but these companies are prepared to find a niche and grow.

Rigorous supervision delivers reliable output

O&M study: France’s kiloWattsol provides engineering services to PV power plant developers and has carried out performance analysis of 395 operational plants in the EU. Of these it has carried out detailed analysis of 77. kiloWattsol’s Stéphane Vidal shares some of the key outcomes from the analysis.

Same but different

PV Expo Japan: Change is coming to the Japanese solar sector, but the proposed policy tweaks and liberalization reforms will likely deliver a soft landing from an expected PV peak in 2016, and although there is uncertainty, a quiet confidence courses through the industry’s veins.

Solar in bloom

Distributed PV: There are solar farms, gardens and now a PV flower. On first impression the smartflower might look like an expensive way to realize a PV array. It’s not once the additional electricity delivered via its unique design and capabilities is factored in, counters Alexander Swatek, the Managing Partner of smartflower energy technology. pv magazine met with the smartflower team in Vienna.

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