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  • James Irons

    PV Talk: Pioneering new solar business models for Africa

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 13 hours ago

    Solar4Africa is a new platform set up to expedite the deployment of on- and off-grid commercial PV projects in Southern and East Africa through the benefits of standardisation. James Irons, MD of parent company NVI Energy, spoke to PV Tech about how the model works and the potential he sees for growth in Africa’s commercial solar sector.

  • Polysilicon reinvestment price levels, a moving target

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 03 March 2015, 12:16

    Matthias Grossman analyses the prospects for a wave of expansions in the dynamic polysilicon market.

  • Japan solar

    Key Japanese takeaways from PV Expo, Tokyo

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 02 March 2015, 11:46 | 2

    From the nuclear question to Japan’s softening stance on foreign solar imports, Andy Colthorpe rounds up the main themes that came out of PV Expo in Tokyo last week.

  • His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza, Rwanda's High Commissioner to the UK.

    PV Talk: Rwanda takes big step forward for African solar

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 26 February 2015, 16:02

    Earlier this month, the first grid-connected utility PV power plant in Rwanda and East Africa was officially opened. PV Tech spoke to Rwanda’s high commissioner to the UK, Williams Nkurunziza, about what the project means for his country and for the region.

  • A traditional Japanese welcome at PV Expo

    PV Expo Day One: Welcome to Japan

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 25 February 2015, 16:45

    With PV Expo getting underway today in Tokyo, Japan, PV Tech’s reporter on the ground, Andy Colthorpe, takes a look at some of the dazzling array of technologies and companies on display.

  • Tepco

    Solar searches for place in Japan’s energy revolution at PV Expo

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 24 February 2015, 08:43

    The PV Expo exhibition and conference takes place in Japan this week and will look both to the present task of executing projects from a 50GW-plus pipeline and to the longer term challenges faced by an industry entering the final years of its feed-in tariff (FiT).

  • One year until Paris

    The road from Lima to Paris: Lit up by solar power

    Guest Blog | By James Watson - 19 February 2015, 06:18 | 2

    Optimism is growing that the Paris COP 21 meeting set for November and December 2015 could lead to an international agreement to limit CO2 emissions. James Watson, CEO of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), explains why a successful outcome would be a boon for the solar industry.

  • Sunshot: Cutting away the red tape from US solar’s ‘exciting growth’

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 18 February 2015, 09:16

    Minh Le and Dr Lidijia Sekaric of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost-cutting programme, Sunshot Initiative, talk to Andy Colthorpe about the scheme’s progress, in hardware, in technology and in ‘soft costs’.

  • Narendra Modi, V for victory

    Why it’s worth suspending your scepticism of India’s multi-GW MoUs

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 16 February 2015, 07:36

    An India project MoU may mean nothing in isolation but if the big ideas they contain can be matched with big investment, their job will be done.

  • O&M

    More bang for your buck: getting the most from PV asset management

    Guest Blog | By Laura E. Stern - 10 February 2015, 09:46

    Building a PV power plant is one thing; making sure it pays is a whole different game. Laura E. Stern explains the benefits of combining physical and financial solar asset management in maximising a plant’s profitability.

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  • Photovoltaics International 26th Edition

    Looking back, 2014 was a year of convalescence for a PV industry still battered and bruised from a period of ferocious competition. End-market demand continued apace, with analysts towards the end of 2014 predicting the year would see between around 45 and 50GW of deployment. That has begun to feed through to the supplier end of the market, with all the main manufacturers announcing capacity expansions in 2015 and further ahead.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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