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Magazine Archive 07-2016

Solar in the Big Apple

NYC PV: New York City should be great for solar PV. But it isn’t. Despite policy leadership from the state, local installers are facing crippling bureaucratic challenges, and many have chosen to build rooftop solar elsewhere.

The eyes have it

Conspicuous solar: Getting the public to embrace solar energy has never been a straightforward task, but as the technology moves past its awkward teen phase, some genuinely impressive and innovative adaptations of solar PV are beginning to turn heads.

“Demand is strong; only the rules of the game change”

Interview: JinkoSolar’s Chairman of the Board Xiande Li outlines the company’s ambitions as it zeroes in on the module supplier global top spot, incremental cost reductions and further expansion into some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing solar markets.

Thin edge of a major wedge

Thin film production equipment: A Chinese manufacturer developing hundreds of megawatts of thin film manufacturing capacity is a big deal. This alone made the announcement from CNBM that it was placing large orders with European cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) PV equipment suppliers at the 2016 SNEC trade show a significant one. But what do we know about the deal? pv magazine investigates.

“I fought really hard for this” “We will observe storage becoming the driver, rather than PV”

Array Changing Technologies Winner #1: The Nextracker NX Fusion has the potential to open up PV arrays smaller than 1 MW to tracking technology, increase yield and potentially reduce solar’s LCOE. This was the sentiment expressed at pv magazine ’s Array Changing Technologies feature and award jury meeting, the result of which was Nextracker being selected as the 2016 joint award winner. Alex Au, Nextracker cofounder and CTO, outlined how he feels the NX Fusion’s approach will change the face of tracking applications. Array Changing Technologies Award Winner #2: The jury commented that the SonnenCommunity represents “completely out of the box” thinking and “a whole new business model.” But will regulatory hurdles get in the way. Sonnen’s Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Philipp Schröder told pv magazine many markets are open, and others accessible via partnerships.

Trackers spread globally as designs improve

Tracker update: A new pv magazine survey of the top international tracker companies shows that more than five dozen countries now have installed PV tracker arrays totaling more than 14.8 GW of cumulative capacity.


A market in limbo

China PV: The Chinese government has set an ambitious annual PV installation target of 18.1 GW for 2016, but the deadline remains in limbo, writes Corrine Lin of EnergyTrend.


On the road with pv magazine Where we’ve been: Intersolar Europe, Munich At the time of going to press, the hotly anticipated Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich, Germany, is still a few days away, but by the time you read this the show will be a few weeks in the past. This year’s installment promised to […]

A PV pulse-take

IEEE PVSC: SPV Market Research’s Paula Mints was an engaged attendee at the recent IEEE PVSC conference in Portland, U.S., held at the beginning of June. Here is a snapshot of how the conference unfolded over the course of five days, and the main themes that were discussed.

Back in the spotlight

Mexico: With pricing set as the challenge, the solar sector is getting ready for Mexico’s second electricity auction. The first tender’s incredible $45/MWh average tariff could well set the precedent – and the handicap – for the next one in September. Meanwhile, the private PPA market is making little progress as high volume consumers deliberate over the best strategy to meet the clean energy requirements now in place.

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