Solar deployment in Canada has so far largely been restricted to its biggest economy, Ontario. But as Felicity Carus reports, other provinces are now beginning to consider the technology, even Alberta, home to the controversial tar sands.
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.
SunEdison is racing to build significant scale to its PV power plant project business, while SolarCity has just successfully added a new financial business model to its bow.
SolarCity quietly announced a US$54 million financing offer this week, but the securitisation of solar assets could mean lower costs and open new markets across the US. PV Tech spoke to Shayle Kann of GTM Research to find out how.
With the spotlight frequently shining on residential and utility-scale solar in the US, the commercial and industrial segments are often left in the dark. Felicity Carus reports on how they could shortly have their moment in the limelight.
Last week, Hanergy Solar Group Limited (Hanergy) provided the first glimpse of its strategy for its recent investments in thin-film CIGS production, having completed the acquisitions of previous CIGS hopefuls, Solibro, Miasolé and Global Solar.
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.
Investor-owned utility companies are often seen as the enemies of the US’s booming residential solar industry. But as Felicity Carus reports they are also emerging as solar providers themselves, with plenty more scope for their role to grow.
As head of the US Department of Energy’s solar programme, one of Minh Le’s tasks is to drive down the cost of solar. Talking exclusively to Felicity Carus, he explains how a target of US$1/W will be achieved and why he believes solar is a crucial future energy source for the US.
Global PV demand during 2014 is set to represent a new phase of growth for the solar PV industry. Not just because end-market demand is now forecast by NPD Solarbuzz to grow significantly to reach 45-55GW, but because the fundamental issues driving end-market demand appear to be shifting away from legacy demand constraints.