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Magazine Archive 07-2015

Have tracker, will travel

Trackers: Manufacturers are looking outside their domestic markets, and at where the growth markets will be over the next half-decade. But issues around financing and quality still need to be overcome.

Wholesale changes

Utility-scale grid parity monitor: PV utility-scale generation continues to consolidate its role as an actual alternative within wholesale electricity markets, as outlined in the latest Grid Parity Monitor Series from Creara.

What once was certain

PV employment: While jobs in the solar sector are growing overall, their concentration is shifting from the West to the East. Here, pv magazine outlines the trend and asks: Where will employment in the sector go next?

The United States of solar

Supply and demand: Is the soaring solar market in the U.S. storing up problems for the future? With demand growing, domestic supply remains stunted, while the forthcoming ITC sunset is driving an installation rush that threatens to overlook the industry’s tangible shortcomings.

Testing one, two, three

Quality control: Module quality is a priority for PV investors and the industry as a whole. DNV GL’s Jenya Meydbray sets out how its Product Qualification Program is attracting downstream partners.

Space and time

Cestas project: Thousands of acres, thousands of modules, thousands of components: The challenges facing Schneider Electric as it beavers away on the construction of the 300 MW Cestas plant in France are daunting, particularly in the fields of supply chain and schedule management.

Return to profit at the top end

c-Si industry ranking: Profitability is a term that is music to the ears of any producer, and in the crystalline silicon module ranks it is thankfully one being heard with increasing regularity. Movement amongst the top producers in this year’s ranking has not been groundbreaking, but there remains a lot of activity.

No turnaround in sight

Module prices: Steadily rising prices prevent market growth in Europe – and the solar industry continues to shed jobs.

Making a grand entrance

New markets: Honduras has emerged as the fast-growing market for PV in Central America in 2015. After Chile it is a true Latin American leader. pv magazine examines why.

Into reserve gear

Battery first movers: From show-stopping product announcements to supportive government policies, there is an unprecedented level of movement in the global storage industry right now. But which countries are leading the way, and what are the growth drivers for behind-the-meter and grid-scale storage?

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