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Magazine Archive 07-2014

Renewable energy solutions for island nations

IRENA: Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the event explored RES applications for the energy-intensive tourism sectors of island nations struggling with the high costs of imported fossil fuel.

Slimmed down, but solidified

Thin film PV: Edward Cahill, Analyst at Lux Research, gives an overview of the solar thin film competitive landscape.

A diligent undertaking

PV power plants: The continued growth of the US solar market has been characterized by the growing importance of PV power plants. With a wide range of financiers looking to invest in large-scale PV, how can they be sure that their investment will stand the test of time? pv magazine spoke to energy advisory DNV GL’s Jenya Meydbray and John Wilson.

SNEC: China’s PV growth faces challenges

SNEC: The market is on the path for growth but still faces major hurdles. European equipment and inverter manufacturers in particular face intensifying Chinese competition, while the country’s ambitious targets won’t be reached unless the government implements its distributed PV power policy. This was the conclusion of this year’s SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai.

A tale of disruption

Disruptive technologies, disrupted industries, disruptive entrepreneurs: the principle of disruption has become a common thread running through many aspects of our professional lives and society. And for us in solar PV, the disruptive power of our technology comes as no surprise – just ask the executives of electric utilities in regions with high PV penetration […]

SolarCity targets new horizons

SolarCity: No longer an envelope-pushing solar leasing company, SolarCity’s recent acquisition of cell manufacturer Silevo could propel the company into the upper-echelons of the PV industry and transform the U.S. solar landscape in the process, finds pv magazine.

Calm before the storm

Module prices: A run on PV modules is expected in June and July.

Survival strategy

centrotherm: Buffeted by the global PV storm that tore through the industry a couple of years back, centrotherm had to maneuver dexterously in order to stay afloat. The company’s successful strategy for survival has been an effective double pivot of optimization and diversification, as pv magazine discovered.

Dark clouds lifting

Equipment suppliers: Several parameters point to a slight improvement in demand for PV equipment, reports Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting.

The color of energy

India: PM Narendra Modi has called for a “saffron” energy revolution but, with AD duties in the offing, a domestic manufacturing industry on its knees and a $530 million subsidy backlog to clear, will the price be too high for solar?

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