New methods used by analysts to rank module manufacturers make the business of assessing market leaders increasingly complex. Mark Osborne attempts to navigate the maze and suggests why it’s time for the industry to consider some simpler alternatives.
Proposed legislation is seeking to change US tax law to encourage more investment in solar and other forms of renewable energy. But as Nilima Choudhury reports, there are doubts over whether it will have the desired effect.
After a period of policy chaos, order has been restored to the UK solar market propelling it up the world rankings of leading PV destinations. As long as challenges from Europe can be headed off, the good times look set to carry on rolling says Nilima Choudhury.
Italy is at the forefront of countries looking to cut solar power subsidies. Julia Chan investigates what the future holds for the country’s solar market post feed-in tariffs.
Last year saw overcapacity in the global polysilicon market push prices to a record low. Mark Osborne assesses whether a recovery is on the cards in 2013
Obituaries for Suntech Power Holdings have been coming in thick and fast after the Chinese solar giant confirmed it had defaulted on repayment of a bond. But it is premature to write the company off so soon says Mark Osborne.
Flagging construction markets in many parts of the world have limited the opportunities for building-integrated PV. But as Julia Chan reports the retrofit BIPV market is flourishing.
Recent reports have suggested solar in Argentina is poised to take off. Nilima Choudhury looks behind the headlines and discovers a solar industry struggling to gain traction.
Energy storage is considered the next big opportunity in the roll out of renewable energy. But numerous technical and financial hurdles must be cleared before this industry comes of age, says Kizzi Nkwocha.
Japan’s solar market has begun heating up following the introduction of a feed in tariff last year. But its complex certification system means foreign PV manufacturers are finding it a tough market to crack says Carrie Xiao.