The story of storage gained a few new chapters this week as Saft, Sonnen and Tesla all grabbed the headlines, while further woes for SunEdison, steady-as-she-goes from SMA and a Latin love affair suggested it was business-as-usual elsewhere.
In its 2015 outlook for investors, Deutsche Bank predicts a year of growing margins and stable supply and demand dynamics for the year. Diverse demand drivers in the U.S. will be a key highlight, while project financing and permitting progress in China balances potential weakness in Japan.
A draft version of phase two of Indias Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has been released, targeting 9 GW of grid connected solar by 2017. The draft proposes reverse auctioning 1.65 GW of photovoltaic projects by April 1, 2013 and 870 MW in 2014.
New residential solar market research in Australia was released yesterday, challenging the oft-repeated claim that photovoltaic support programs like FITs are “middle class welfare,” and are taken up by middle or upper income households.
While photovoltaic manufacturers struggle through difficult market conditions, two new reports have shown that solar attracted twice as much investment as wind in 2011. The reports have also shown that total renewable-energy investments excluding hydro-electric accounted for 44 percent of all new generating capacity worldwide.
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