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Magazine Archive 07-2013

Low expectations but a positive mood

Dear readers, Hardly anyone will have traveled to Munich for this year’s Intersolar Europe with great expectations. After all, the situation in the industry is not exactly positive at the moment. However, the event was better than expected. Although the number of visitors and exhibitors declined sharply on the previous year, most exhibitors reported informed […]

Low expectations exceeded

Intersolar Europe 2013: A decreased number of exhibitors and attendees were behind the glum expressions of Intersolar Munich organizers Solar Promotion at the opening of the event. The shadow of the Sino-EU trade dispute loomed large. However this decline didn’t mean that good business wasn’t done, with many reporting new opportunities and the large number of new products on display.

Ambitious plans

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia published its white paper in February detailing a plan to install 5.1 GW of renewable energy in the country by 2018 and up to 54 GW by 2032, with more than US$100 billion slated for 41 GW of solar power.

Optimism

Ardour Solar Index: The solar rally continues as component prices stoke margin recovery story. Investors were unfazed by the China/EU trade case.

An interesting market

Turkey: With its booming economy and growing energy demand, Turkey is one of the most promising new PV markets, but financing and bureaucracy hurdles remain. Almost 9 GW of projects have applied for the first licensing round for large-scale installations, but commercial rooftop installations of up to 1 MW offer the best opportunities.

Price stability

Chinese factory gate prices: Shipments to Europe slowed down. The average price of Chinese c-Si modules was stable at US$0.662 per watt-peak.

Business under uncertain conditions

EU trade case: As of June 6, provisional EU antidumping tariffs of 11.8 % have been imposed on Chinese PV crystalline imports. They will increase by up to 67.9% if no agreement has been reached by August 6. Industry insiders expect a compromise based on minimum import prices at the beginning of August, or by the beginning of December at the latest. The annoncement on additional provisional anti-subsidy tariffs for Chinese PV cyrstalline imports is also scheduled for August 6.

Pump up the performance

PV project output: Draker’s Clarity DC tool monitors and analyzes solar PV performance on the DC side of the inverter. Draker’s CEO, Charles “Chach” Curtis, gives an overview of the product that won the company the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers Awards in April this year.

Calculus or defiance?

Module prices: Chinese manufacturers started to snub the European market after the European antidumping tariffs were announced.

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