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  • YingliSolar

    How important is Yingli’s sponsorship of the Brazil World Cup for solar?

    By Peter Bennett - 25 March 2014, 06:07 | 1

    Here’s a challenge for you – spot the odd one out from the following list of 2014 FIFA world cup sponsors: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Budweiser, Adidas, Visa, Sony and Yingli.

  • Risk

    PV, a dicey business

    By Ben Willis - 21 March 2014, 10:39

    Events in Ukraine highlight how easily apparently safe solar investments can suddenly look very precarious. As PV expands its global reach, managing political risk will become an increasing concern, says Ben Willis.

  • Activ Solar's Perovo power plant

    Uncertain future for Ukraine’s PV power plants

    By Lucy Woods - 12 March 2014, 10:20

    As Russia strengthens its grip on Crimea, the fate of PV power plants in the region and in wider Ukraine is in limbo. Lucy Woods reports.

  • Bill Clinton

    If money makes the world spin round, investment is the new name of the solar game

    By Lucy Woods - 31 January 2014, 12:36 | 1

    Former US president Bill Clinton led a rally of high profile calls for a rethinking of renewable energy investment at a clean-tech conference in Germany last week. Lucy Woods heard what he had to say.

  • Solar sunset

    So long, and thanks for all the sunshine

    By Felicity Carus - 07 January 2014, 11:33 | 4

    In her final blog for PV Tech, Felicity Carus reflects on the changes she has seen in her time as an observer of the US solar market. Although huge challenges remain, the industry is in great health, she writes.

  • Meyer Burger's SmartWire Connection Technology

    Top 10 PV Tech product reviews of 2013

    By Mark Osborne - 03 January 2014, 11:57

    Despite a lack of spending on new product development 2013 still turned out some interesting new entrants from new tools for factories to new modules and inverters. We run through the top ten products by page views that caught the eye of PV Tech readers in 2013.

  • Thin-film

    Top 10 PV Tech news stories of 2013

    By Mark Osborne - 02 January 2014, 10:40

    Looking back over 2013, it’s clear the year was a transitional one. A key takeaway has been the recovery in end-market demand that has restored manufacturing utilisation rates to almost 100% for tier one PV module manufacturers and the opportunity for many but not all PV module manufacturers to return to operating profits in the second half of the year.

  • A traditional British panto

    The heroes, villains, victims and fools of solar in 2013

    By John Parnell - 31 December 2013, 06:00

    Here in the UK the festive season also means panto season, so how would the last 12 months in the solar industry play out in the classic, over the top, slapstick theatre styling of pantomime and who would be the villain of the piece?

  • Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant

    The heavyweight PV projects of 2013

    By Ben Willis - 30 December 2013, 06:00

    While 2012 was arguably the year the solar mega project entered the public consciousness, with what are (for now) some of the world’s largest PV plants reaching completion, 2013 has seen its fair share of solar behemoths too. We profile the biggest projects of 2013 from the world’s biggest markets.

  • BrightSource's Ivanpah project

    CSP around the clock keeps developers up all night

    By Felicity Carus - 17 December 2013, 11:01

    Concentrated solar power has had a difficult year in the US, with several high-profile projects being turned down or shelved. But as Felicity Carus reports, it’s a technology that still has some distance to run.

  • Module shipments

    Solar trade wars: are you winning yet?

    By Felicity Carus - 10 December 2013, 10:52

    Trade disputes with the Chinese are still rumbling on in the US and Europe. As Felicity Carus reports, although efforts are still ongoing to find a settlement, the only winners so far have been Taiwanese cell manufacturers.

  • Money

    Solar’s ITC equity gap taxes the brightest minds in finance

    By Felicity Carus - 03 December 2013, 13:17

    The search is on for the next source of solar finance once the Investment Tax Credit winds, and some elaborate ideas are on the table. Just don’t mention sub-prime mortgages, says Felicity Carus.

  • Copper Mountain

    We need to talk about utility-scale solar…

    By Felicity Carus - 26 November 2013, 12:59

    Although much of the focus of debate in the US has been around residential and commercial solar, utility-scale projects represent the largest segment in America’s PV market. But as Felicity Carus, the days of the PV ‘mega’ project could be numbered.

  • Commercial solar

    Energy storage and the great commercial frontier: a solar star is born

    By Felicity Carus - 19 November 2013, 13:10

    Neither commercial-scale nor energy storage have yet take off in the US. But as Felicity Carus reports, this could be about change as companies eye opportunities in both segments.

  • Ontario FiTs

    Welcome to Canada, the new Germany for solar PV

    By Felicity Carus - 12 November 2013, 11:26 | 1

    Solar deployment in Canada has so far largely been restricted to its biggest economy, Ontario. But as Felicity Carus reports, other provinces are now beginning to consider the technology, even Alberta, home to the controversial tar sands.

  • SunEdison

    SunEdison entering phase of rapid expansion with new financial structures

    By Mark Osborne - 07 November 2013, 08:48

    SunEdison is racing to build significant scale to its PV power plant project business, while SolarCity has just successfully added a new financial business model to its bow.

  • Panasonic at SPI

    When will commercial solar hit the roof?

    By Felicity Carus - 05 November 2013, 13:44

    With the spotlight frequently shining on residential and utility-scale solar in the US, the commercial and industrial segments are often left in the dark. Felicity Carus reports on how they could shortly have their moment in the limelight.

  • Are utilities finally learning to love residential solar?

    By Felicity Carus - 29 October 2013, 13:14

    Investor-owned utility companies are often seen as the enemies of the US’s booming residential solar industry. But as Felicity Carus reports they are also emerging as solar providers themselves, with plenty more scope for their role to grow.

  • Joking aside

    SPI 2013: Comedy moments raise a laugh but Roth brings the sunshine

    By Felicity Carus - 24 October 2013, 12:45

    Some lighter moments at SPI 2013 in Chicago yesterday masked the serious trade and policy issues dominating the US solar scene. But at least the mood was lightened by a buoyant mood among the investor contingent, writes Felicity Carus from Chicago.

  • New growth versus established markets.

    SPI 2013: Small is beautiful from Minnesota to Taiwan - and why energy storage matters

    By Felicity Carus - 23 October 2013, 10:19 | 1

    Day two of Solar Power International saw varying predictions of the big opportunities for solar. Reporting from the event, Felicity Carus discovers where the hidden growth markets of the US are and hears how energy storage could be key to attracting solar finance.

  • Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel

    SPI Chicago: Second City gets a second chance with solar

    By Felicity Carus - 22 October 2013, 12:03

    Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emmanuel yesterday fired the starting gun on Solar Power International 2013. Felicity Carus reports on the event’s opening day, which saw a call to arms to the US solar industry.

  • Second wave of PV development

    Solar 2.0: a brave new profitless world of 100GW demand

    By Felicity Carus - 15 October 2013, 11:50 | 2

    Solexant chief executive Brad Mattson’s forthcoming book seeks to chart the way ahead for the development of PV technology. He’d better publish it quickly, or it’s likely to be out of date even before it hits the shelves, says Felicity Carus.

  • Saudi savings

    Solar workhorses could overtake the Ferraris of PV and CSP

    By Felicity Carus - 08 October 2013, 10:17 | 1

    Glasspoint and Alion are not quite disruptive technologies, but in some markets, they might just be in the right place at the right time.

  • Solar lives to fight another day

    NEM lives to fight another day in California

    By Felicity Carus - 01 October 2013, 08:00

    The long-awaited report on net metering by the California Public Utilities Commission apparently sided with utility companies that claim the system unfairly discriminates against non solar users. But as Felicity Carus reports, the commission overlooks come inconvenient truths that will make the economics of solar hard to ignore.

  • Installation costs for small systems

    California’s solar gravitational pull pushes national prices higher

    By Felicity Carus - 23 September 2013, 23:32

    Although the solar market in the US has reached 10GW, size has not led to a consistent decrease in prices for consumers, even in leading state California. Felicity Carus looks at the drivers behind America’s patchwork PV market.


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