Brazil is putting solar at the heart of its sustainability plans for the summer’s FIFA World Cup almost mainstreaming solar in its stadium designs. PV Tech looks at the plans in more detail and some of the other sporting PV installs around the globe.
Spain has so far stuck to its guns in pushing through measures to squeeze investor returns on PV projects. However, mounting pressure from lawsuits, most of which involve billions of dollars, may finally give PV investors some leverage. Conor Ryan reports.
By stirring up US nationalist sentiment about Qatar’s investment in SolarWorld, the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE) is detracting from its more compelling legal arguments in a very global trade case.
Earlier this week it emerged that work was underway on East Africa’s first utility-scale PV power plant. Ben Willis reports on how the project demonstrates solar’s potential to be more than just a means of tackling rural poverty in Africa.
We’ve heard analysts predicting great things for PV over the year ahead. But looking behind the numbers, NPD Solarbuzz’s Finlay Colville answers our questions on some of the other trends that will shape solar in 2014.
Earlier this week, PV Tech notched up 10,000 followers on Twitter. We thought we’d mark the occasion by profiling some of solar’s other leading 140-character crusaders.
Last week, a Minnesota judge made what was said to be a landmark ruling when he chose solar over natural gas to meet a local utility’s generation shortfall. Lucy Woods explores what the ruling could mean for the uneasy relationship between solar and utility companies.
Through its Energiewende policy, Germany has led the world in deploying solar and other clean energy technologies in an effort to move away from nuclear and fossil fuel. But what direction the new coalition government will take German energy policy remains unclear, writes Andy Colthorpe.
Once upon a time, solar energy was the realm of science fiction, but now it is a well accepted technology. Lucy Woods explores some of the new solar technologies being developed that could be the next game changers.
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.