Ben Willis is Solar Media’s Head of Content. Ben is an award-winning journalist and editor with a background in environmental, development and social policy issues. His work has appeared in the Guardian and Telegraph, and numerous consumer and specialist publications, including Geographical and The Ecologist magazines. In 2008 he won the Guardian’s award for international development journalism for coverage of the impacts of climate change in West Africa and Southeast Asia.”
A growing regulatory burden on PV mounting manufacturers in the US has prompted some of the leading players to set up a new trade body to represent their interests. Ben Willis reports on how the new body’s members hope to turn back the rising tide of red tape.
A panel of finance experts speaking at InterSolar Europe have given news of the Tesla-SolarCity deal mixed reviews ranging from "silly" to "brilliant".
A hybrid power plant in Nevada, USA, which combines geothermal, PV and solar thermal power has been inaugurated and become the first of its kind to combine the three generation types.
International downstream solar specialist, Conergy, has completed and connected 201MW of PV projects in the Philippines.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has heralded a 150MW module supply deal in the US as a major step towards its final decision on building a factory in America.
PV manufacturing capacity expansions planned this year are expected to push production levels beyond anticipated demand in 2016, creating further cost pressures for suppliers.
A memorial to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda is to be powered almost entirely from solar following the completion of a PV system on the site.
A 90MW PV project has been completed and inaugurated in South Africa under the country's flagship renewable energy programme.
The global surge in renewable energy deployment has been credited for greenhouse gas emissions remaining flat for the second year running, according to the International Energy Agency.
This year looks likely to set a record for distributed solar securitisation deals as a growing number of developers look to tap the asset-backed securities market.
Four PV power plants totalling 98MW have been commissioned in the Philippines in the past fortnight in time for a deadline to qualify for the country’s feed-in tariff.
Swiss power electronics firm ABB has won a contract to build a new high-voltage converter station connecting the grids of eastern Denmark and Germany.
The US trade body formerly known as the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is to undergo a rebranding and drop ‘solar’ from its new name.
Record installations expected in 2016 will put the US within a stone’s throw of challenging China’s position as the world number one solar market this year.