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Magazine Archive 10-2013

Close to grid parity

PV Investment Guide Brazil: Konrad Bauer and Lukas Heimes of enviacon international, based in Berlin, explain the ABCs of solar power in Brazil.

Serving the network

Local grid storage: Large battery storage systems for entire residential areas or city districts can help to make our electricity grids ready for the change in energy policy. The technology is available. What is important now is to develop profitable business models. Initial projects have shown that many types of economical operations are possible.

Expanding into new lands

West Africa: The increasing internationalization of the PV market presents both opportunities and challenges. This is exactly what German component supplier and installer Krinner found when developing the 15 MW project in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Tightened standards

Standardization in the US: New regulations for US PV systems from Underwriters Laboratories and from the 2014 National Electrical Code cover more PV components individually and are more specific for PV applications than past codes. Now work remains to help harmonize US and global PV standards.

FIT for purpose

Japan market update: Izumi Kaizuka of RTS Corporation discusses the project approval status for Japan’s FIT program and the country’s installed capacity of PV system for the Fiscal Year 2012.

Tracker installations multiply

Large-scale trackers: Tracker installations are becoming ever larger and the geographic spread of hosts adopting the technology is growing even wider. Economics are more favorable for most large tracker installations because of scale, but new reductions in cost and improvements in engineering are also helping to shave down the return on investment period.

Geographic & customer segmentation demand

Evolution of an end market: NPD Solarbuzz’s Michael Barker says PV industry changes trigger increased focus on specific geographic and customer segmentation.

Yes, but…

This time it was really there: the sun in the sky over the Indian mega-city New Delhi. Whereas visitors to last year’s Renewable Energy India Expo (REI) hardly ever saw the sun due to the dense smog mid-November, this year’s three-day event in the middle of September was blessed with abundant sunshine and blue skies. […]

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: South Australia reduces its FIT to a “fair and reasonable value.” Brunei declares its intentions to introduce a FIT. The Czech Republic kicks an industry when it’s down. And a few more utilities in the United States have begun offering their customers FIT programs to compete with those already in place.

India expects 2.8 GW of new PV in 2014

REI: The Indian solar market is currently stuck in a waiting loop. The main obstacles curbing things from moving forward are the political zigzag course and funding problems. Nevertheless the future outlook remains positive. This was the conclusion at the 7th Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), which took place in mid-September in Greater Noida near New Delhi.

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