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Magazine Archive 08-2014

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: Plenty of changes across Eastern Europe. The Netherlands enters into stage 3 of their SDE+ scheme.

The sun of its parts

Off-grid India: In India, solar off-grid systems are a backup against daily power cuts, offering clean energy 24 hours a day. The Indian solar off-grid market is growing fast, providing an affordable and reliable fail-safe against the daily power cuts that regularly bedevil cities, towns, and villages. And in rural regions, where there is often no grid access whatsoever, solar solutions are proving invaluable.

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: Plenty of changes across Eastern Europe. The Netherlands enters into stage 3 of their SDE+ scheme.

Turbid waters

Trade cases: How can PV module manufacturers and EPCs deal with the challenges the ongoing trade disputes have created in many regions? Andy Klump, CEO and Founder of solar energy consulting firm Clean Energy Associates (CEA), analyzes the global trade disputes.

“It’s unstoppable”

The history of solar energy: John Perlin’s latest book, “Let it Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy,” is a new expanded edition of his 1980 classic, “A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology.” pv magazine spoke to Perlin about fascinating new discoveries, what people today can learn from the solar engineers of ancient times, and the prospects of solar for future generations.

Great potential for improvement

Balance of system costs: BOS costs are being systematically reduced, as was demonstrated at Intersolar North America, mainly by eliminating metal, weight and volume, by streamlining and integrating physical connectivity, and by designing housings for universal component acceptance.

“We are focused on the levelized cost of electricity”

CEO Interview: The list of PV pies in which SunPower has its fingers is a long one. From its project development, leases and loans in the downstream segment, to its unique cell architecture, Fab 4 capacity expansion plans and C7 LCPV system, SunPower is aiming wide while maintaining its place as one of the top-10 module producers, in terms of volume, globally. pv magazine travelled to SunPower’s San Jose base to meet with CEO Tom Werner.

Innovation in the shadow of trade disputes

Intersolar North America: Well ensconced at its San Francisco location, Intersolar North America remains a major event in the region by embracing innovation. BOS reductions remain an almost constant focus while battery storage blooms.

“We are more flexible as a pure downstream player”

Interview: Under the new ownership of Kawa Capital Management, Inc., Conergy managed to further develop its EPC activities, especially in Southeast Asia. pv magazine asked Marc Lohoff, Conergy’s CEO Asia & Pacific, about the company’s business model, new projects, and market expectations.

It’s time for results

It will surprise few in PV to hear that energy is a political issue. Given that it keeps hospitals functioning, schools open and traffic lights on, it’s apparent that electricity is a public good. But it feels too often that we in solar are waiting for a political decision to be handed down; for the […]

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