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Magazine Archive 08-2016

Brexit bounce-back

Guggenheim Solar Index: The broader stock market has been on the rise since mid-July despite the Brexit scare pushing market and solar stocks down. Recovery was swift, and for the U.K.’s energy sector in particular it is not all doom-and-gloom.

Europe’s leading show goes on

Intersolar Europe 2016: Battery storage was the main topic as Intersolar returned to its spiritual home of Munich again this year for the 25th iteration of the key solar event. Alongside the battery providers, key suppliers from across the PV supply chain were present and signs of opportunities on the horizon and beyond Europe’s borders delivered an event more upbeat than the contracting European market could have offered.

“Match product to project”

Inverters: Huawei claims to have assumed the mantle as the world’s largest inverter supplier in terms of shipment volumes. William Zhou, vice president of Sungrow Power Supply, begs to differ. Zhou sets out why and makes the case for central inverters in a diverse marketplace.

Mining with sunshine

Offgrid PV+storage: Over 30,000 modules mounted on dual axis trackers sit above the iconic red earth in remote Western Australia. With the closest town of 1,000 people 150 km away and the nearest sizeable city 900 km, the project is about as off-the-grid as it gets. But it could be pointing the way forward for industrial solar+storage applications in Australia and beyond.


“The scale up has been stunning”

EPC: India’s Sterling and Wilson has emerged on to the solar landscape at a rapid pace. Bikesh Ogra, the president of Sterling and Wilson’s solar business, says that the company’s long pedigree in electrical contracting and service provision has allowed it to grow quickly while bringing solar expertise into the team. Ogra believes that even some of the startlingly low bids in India’s solar tenders can be achieved.

Pimp my PV

Module prices: New installations not on the cards? Then at least tune up the existing systems! Retrofitting storage systems to arrays is a lucrative business.

“Things are starting to recover”

European markets: There are signs of rapid growth in the European storage market, and the PV market on the continent may be turning a corner. Ash Sharma, the senior director solar research at IHS Technology shares this and other insights, including a 10% module price decline looming large in the 2016 marketplace.

Reasons for optimization

DC optimizers: Module level power electronics are squeezing more energy out of the solar array with every new iteration, with DC optimization a preferred choice for a great many regions and markets. pv magazine examines the latest trends and products shaping this space.

“Trackers are clearly the best way to deliver improved IRRs”

Tracking: Lead by the U.S. market and delivered through maturing technology, trackers have moved into the mainstream. With new opportunities, new market entrants have leapt into the space. Pivoting from CPV solutions, China’s Arctech Solar is expanding into the Chinese and international markets with its tracking solution. Guy Rong, the President of Arctech Solar believes it is only the beginning.

Sufficient market to create an industry?

Brazil: Brazil’s current energy glut and political and economic difficulties have forced it to cancel one of its 2016 solar power auctions. Nevertheless, the industry hopes that in the October tender up to 2 GW of solar will be awarded. Meanwhile, of the 3 GW awarded previously, and which ought to go into operation between 2017 and 2018, only 700 MW are currently under construction.

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