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Magazine Archive 12-2013

Generally optimistic

Ardour Solar Index: The index rally rolls on ahead of a strong 3Q13 reporting period. Solar Power International supports the healthy outlook.

Well-informed visitors

Intersolar India: Solar policy announcements made at the fifth Intersolar India evoked optimism among the visitors. The numerous remaining uncertainties in the market led to lively discussions at the show.

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: More details emerge about China’s regional FIT; New York moves to a bidding system; and France, Germany and Slovenia continue their gradual easing downward. Meanwhile, Malta and Lithuania traverse a more rugged decline.

Where is the innovation?

Thin film PV equipment: The CIGS PV segment has changed drastically with very few players left standing. While the equipment segment continues to work on processes that can lead to improvements in CIGS PV panel efficiencies, whether or not there is the appetite for innovation in the industry right now is another matter.

Growth in the shadow of Chernobyl

Ukraine: Eastern European PV markets have been characterized by boom and bust of the worst kind – like that seen in the Czech Republic – and a sometimes agonizing wait for policy, as is the case in Poland. However, in Ukraine the development of PV power plants has been consistent, demonstrated solid growth, and appears to have paid off for market-leading project developer Activ Solar. pv magazine headed to Kiev and Ukraine to find out more.

How many more wake up calls?

Dear readers, How many more wake up calls are needed? How many more super typhoons, floods, landslides or droughts have to happen? How many thousands of people have to die? How many millions have to become homeless until climate protection is taken seriously? Because despite the terrible wake up call of images bearing the destruction […]

Indonesia’s new solar regulations

Indonesia: The generation of renewable energies has become a core focus in Indonesia’s recent energy policies. In this light, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has issued Regulation 17 concerning the purchase of energy from solar photovoltaic power plants by the National Electric Company. The regulation became effective in June 2013 and appears of significant relevance for solar energy producers, including foreign investors.

Island in the sun

PV Taiwan: Determined not to be overshadowed by the looming presence of its Chinese neighbor, Taiwan’s solar industry has explored many revenue avenues over the past few years. But what will the future hold, and where does Taiwan fit into the worldwide solar landscape? pv magazine attended PV Taiwan to find out.

Land of the highly prized sun

Japan: Historically strong, the PV market in Japan in 2012 and 2013 has provided huge demand to the PV supply chain. While domestic producers are in pole position to benefit, foreign suppliers are entering the market and developing a track record, both in their own right and through partnerships with local firms.

New horizons

2014 trade show preview: In what was always likely to be a tough year for solar, 2013 looks to have ended on something of a high, buoyed by emerging markets fuelling renewed demand. How will the trade shows of 2014 serve these new appetites?

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