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Magazine Archive 05-2014

Anticipating a ripple effect

Philippines: The Philippine PV market is gradually gaining momentum, with a ripple effect expected following the landmark commissioning of the country’s biggest solar park (22 MW) in San Carlos in May.

Selling and purchasing energy behind the meter

Self-consumption in Italy: In December 2013, the Italian Authority for Electricity and Gas finally defined the modalities for “efficient consumer systems.” Gennaro Sposato of Rödl & Partner Rome explains the regulation and the remaining uncertainties in the implementation of the decree.

Caution: fire, termites, poor performance

PV system wiring: Wire management is rising to the challenge of reducing fire risk in the US solar PV market.

SNEC PV Power Expo 2014

Show preview: Like all PV shows and exhibitions around the world last year, China’s SNEC attracted fewer visitors than previously. But the Expo’s monolithic appeal, anchored in China’s PV strength, ensures anticipation for the 8th annual SNEC PV Power Expo is perhaps higher than it has ever been. The question is: Will bated breath be sated?

Cells could run low

Ranking cell manufacturers: Due to high demand, the capacity utilization of the leading Chinese and Taiwanese crystalline cell manufacturers as well as that of SunPower improved further this year. Cells may even run low. A loss of the U.S. market due to an increase in import duties might have adverse effects on Taiwanese cell manufacturers.

Still a long way to go

Solar/storage combined systems: Lux Research analyst Matt Feinstein investigates the industry’s efforts to couple PV with energy storage and the business models for early deployment.


Ardour Solar Index: Chinese lending and trade issue concerns weigh on the index. The majority of constituents were in negative territory.

Strong partnerships

Dear readers, Without strong partnerships and pioneers the solar PV industry will struggle to move forward – a truism that has once again become apparent in the Philippines. As far back as 2008, a Renewable Energy Act with a feed-in tariff was adopted in the country, but nothing much regarding PV has happened since. But […]

Downward adjustment

Modules prices: Waiting for lower solar panel prices. Is the minimum import price reduction already making an impact?

Taking flight

Turkey: The Turkish solar market is gathering pace despite high levels of bureaucracy. This was the overall impression gleaned from the recent confabs at Solarex and ICCI in Istanbul, as well as last month’s Solarpraxis conference in Istanbul, PV Power Plants Turkey.

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