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Magazine Archive 07-2013

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: After the Lithuanian government’s huge feed-in tariff reductions, solar developers are striking back in court. Australian states’ net metering schemes are falling like dominoes and the ACT’s just went down. Germany and the U.K. steadily progress as planned with minor reductions.

Glass, reinvented

Solar glass: Thin glass is absolutely critical for glass-glass PV modules, which are gaining in popularity. How thin can the industry go?

Degradation – the danger within

Large scale applications: Degradation of modules is a well known phenomenon. However if module output degrades at a rate far faster than anticipated, it can lead to unanticipated costs down the road. A new study from Solarpraxis Engineering has brought to light how degradation in some module technologies can hold unseen dangers for investors and plant owners.

Can sustainability make solar more competitive?

Green manufacturing: As solar manufacturers fight for their lives, some companies say the business case for sustainability is stronger than ever.

Calculus or defiance?

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

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.

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.

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