As domestic content rules in PV get watered down and investors look for the most bankable products, John Parnell wonders whether the budget solar module is becoming a dying breed.
The imposition of a charge last week on Arizona Public Service’s solar net metering customers was condemned as precedent-setting by the US solar industry. But as Andy Colthorpe reports, with the charge falling well short of what the utility wanted, the event could turn out to be a precedent of an entirely different kind.
Solar is often defending itself under intense public scrutiny and political attack, but from challenges arise inspirational leaders. Lucy Woods profiles some of solar’s leading champions.
From next February every EU member state is expected to have in place legislation regulating the management of PV waste. Ben Willis asks whether the European solar industry is ready for some big changes in the way it is regulated.
In a visit to an area of Japan near to the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, Andy Colthorpe sees how the adoption of solar power is helping communities torn apart by the 2011 tsunami back on their feet.
The site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster is now open to tourist groups. But, as Ben Willis reports following a visit to Ukraine, the site serves as a reminder of the difficult decisions facing the globe over its future energy mix.
Like many technology-based sectors, solar in the UK is dominated by men. Lucy Woods asks where all the women are in solar and how more can be brought into the industry
The Czech government is on the point of approving legislation that would effectively mean the end of subsidies for solar. But PV industry players claim solar is being unfairly penalised for mistakes made in the way the country’s feed-in tariff was first devised, writes Andy Colthorpe.
As the Australian election looms, John Grimes, CEO of the country’s solar council tells PV Tech why the growth of PV will continue regardless of the winner.
Despite requiring constant bailouts and reporting ever worsening financial results, China’s LDK Solar manages to cling on. Mark Osborne asks whether the LDK’s ongoing survival means it has become a ‘zombie’ company.