Friday Focus

  • Modi

    Friday Focus: Modi’s solar ‘to-do’ list

    By Lucy Woods - 23 May 2014, 03:19

    Narendra Modi’s victory raises expectations for India’s solar future but the country’s new leader must overcome some major challenges if he is to deliver on those promises.

  • Pituacu Stadium, Brazil

    Friday Focus: Brazil leads solar sporting pack

    By Lucy Woods - 18 April 2014, 07:30

    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's once powerful solar power market has slowly withered away due to subsidy cuts and the removal of feed-in tariffs.

    Friday Focus: Masdar lawsuit may turn tide against Spanish solar cuts

    By Conor Ryan - 14 March 2014, 11:44

    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.

  • Qatar desert

    Friday Focus: Qatar is a red herring in the CASE against SolarWorld

    By John Parnell - 28 February 2014, 11:43 | 4

    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.

  • Kenya solar

    Friday Focus: Why African solar needs a new strategy

    By Ben Willis - 21 February 2014, 13:14

    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.

  • Solar trends

    Friday Focus: Behind the numbers – whither solar in 2014?

    By Finlay Colville - 24 January 2014, 12:15

    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.

  • Solar tweets

    Friday Focus: Solar’s top tweeters

    By John Parnell - 17 January 2014, 10:18 | 2

    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.

  • Minnesota solar

    Friday Focus: Could Minnesota ruling bring solar in from the cold?

    By Lucy Woods - 10 January 2014, 13:57

    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.

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    Friday Focus: Germany stands at energy crossroads

    By Andy Colthorpe - 20 December 2013, 12:49

    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.

  • Artificial photosynthesis

    Friday Focus: Solar’s future fantasies

    By Lucy Woods - 13 December 2013, 12:29

    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.

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