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Magazine Archive 12-2012

Rare sunny moments

Dear readers, Will it or will it not happen? Many visitors at this year’s Renewable Energy India Expo asked themselves this question. The reason being that during the three day trade exhibition in November, a thick smog covered the megacity and the sun only managed to penetrate the yellowish-gray veil on a few occasions. “The […]

Community energy gardens

Interview: Community-owned solar power is on the rise in the U.S. Kent James, Chief Strategy Officer of Martifer Solar USA, implemented a series of projects with the Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective and spoke with pv magazine about the benefits and barriers of the model.

Singapore: A base for solar business

APVIA: Despite boasting only 5.5 MW in installed capacity, Singapore is far from a backwater for photovoltaics. With its status as a business and banking hub, it is increasingly becoming a base for solar companies and that was the message from this year’s PV Asia Pacific Expo (APVIA).


China: Large-scale solar power plants in western China have dominated the country’s PV market so far. However, new measures like a 500 MW per province rooftop PV program should give a big boost to distributed solar power. A report from Solarpraxis AG’s and TÜV Rheinland’s PV Module and PV Power Plant Workshop in Shanghai.


Module prices: The price decline is decelerating towards the end of the year.

Downsizing is ubiquitous

Ardour Solar Index: Consolidation and trade war activities continue to pressure the solar index. Nearly all constituents feel pain.

Solar building envelopes

BIPV: Bisem completed a BIPV curtain wall retrofit installation for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Instead of manufacturing expensive custom-made PV panels the company developed a system that allows the use of mass-produced PV modules.

Endangered species

Stock markets: The share prices of leading Chinese solar companies have dropped so significantly that the New York Stock Exchange is threatening them with a delisting. But an exit from the stock market would considerably worsen their financial outlook in the United States and Europe.

Solar financing innovation in Southeast Asia

Solar financing: The financial turmoil afflicting world markets and established PV players is leading to some innovative financing solutions for projects across the burgeoning Southeast Asian region, as Ragna Schmidt-Haupt, of global consultancy GL Garrad Hassan investigates.

Finance challenges remain

India: With fewer exhibitors than last year, the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo 2012 closed its doors in the second week of November in New Delhi. The numbers reflect a slowdown in Indian market development, mainly due to a lack of cheap finance.

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