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Magazine Archive 2014

“Generating income locally”

Interview: Offering customized systems for commercial off-grid stand-alone applications, thereby generating income locally: Phaesun CEO Tobias Zwirner tells pv magazine that this is a main focus for the medium-sized wholesaler and systems integrator, which is based in the Bavarian town of Memmingen.

“PV can play a crucial role”

Eastern Africa: Tobias Cossen, project manager for the Renewable Energy Project Development Program for Sub-Saharan Africa at the state-owned German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ), discusses the state of solar in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Kenya.

A demanding market

Off-grid solar: At the off-grid PV workshop of the Forum Solarpraxis conference in Berlin, experts discussed the opportunities, obstacles and trends of the market.

An exciting new year

Dear readers, The new year promises exciting times – with many opportunities! This definitely applies to the photovoltaic industry for 2014, because in many parts of the world energy and environmental policies are in upheaval. In Europe last year we saw widespread cuts in the feed-in remuneration and solar subsidies, allied to shrinking markets (see […]

Demand remains strong

Ardour Solar Index: US constituents carry index higher on strong 3Q13 results. Chinese ADS’ continue to slide on lofty 2014 targets and profit taking.

Diversification is an advantage

Interview: Due to rising demand, German PV equipment manufacturers have an optimistic outlook this year. pv magazine spoke with Florian Wessendorf, managing director of VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment – the Association of German Equipment Manufacturers – to discuss the state of the market.

Exploring growth, avoiding risks

India: Mathias Müller of Rödl & Partner, Munich; and Dharm Veer Singh Krishnawat of Rödl & Partner, Mumbai, India, outline the legal aspects of India’s solar PV industry, advising how project developers and investors can explore growth opportunities while avoiding the risks.

Flexible horizon

Thin film: whether CIGS, amorphous silicon or CdTe, thin film manufacturers continued to lose market share to c-Si rivals in 2013. However, there are still some opportunities that remain closed to crystalline silicon modules, and flexible thin film modules may be able to occupy that space.

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: Corrections to last month’s summary of China’s regional FIT and a range of slight degressions heading into 2014.

In urgent need of energy

Ghana: Ulrike Brückner of the German law firm Rödl & Partner discusses the state of Ghana’s burgeoning solar market, including investment opportunities and government efforts to attract foreign investment.

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