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  • Local content: Heliene starts moduling operations at Ontario plant, but exports dominate order book

    By Tom Cheyney - 16 September 2010, 10:06

    No sooner had the “local content” provision of Ontario’s solar power feed-in tariff been announced than a steady stream of PV module, inverter, and other balance-of-system players said they would build manufacturing sites in the province to take advantage of the lucrative incentives. The fun really begins in January 2011, when the FiT rules will stipulate increased local content and significantly ratchet up the clamor for homegrown panels.

  • Czech Republic ‘taming’ solar boom

    By Jaroslav Dorda - 15 September 2010, 14:18

    The Czech government announced recently that it was about to take special measures against the ongoing solar boom in the country. These measures are to limit the rapid construction of solar power plants, which would otherwise lead to a dramatic increase in the price of electricity in the future. One of these measures maybe a brand-new tax imposed on producers of solar power.

  • Why capex investment for c-Si expansion remains a safe bet

    By Finlay Colville - 14 September 2010, 14:26 | 1

    This guest blog was provided by Finlay Colville, Senior Analyst, Solarbuzz.Aligning with PV industry leaders with a long-term strategic roadmap is a given prerequisite for equipment adoption by every tool supplier, regardless of the segments their equipment serves. But realizing this in practice can be a different challenge altogether. Such has been the dilemma for many equipment suppliers seeking to break into the PV equipment supply chain or diversify from one customer group or cell technology to another.

  • EU PVSEC: Notes from day three in a quiet Valencia

    By Síle Mc Mahon - 08 September 2010, 15:04

    After a relatively quiet Monday, the second day of the EU PVSEC conference in Valencia certainly ‘hotted up’, in more than one sense of the word. With temperatures hitting 28°C, but feeling more like the high 30s, the air conditioning and vastness of the Feria Valencia are welcome as the suited and booted attendees meander their way around the eight halls and the conference centre.

  • Exclusive: PV in the USA, Part II—NREL’s PDIL helps propagate solar process technologies

    By Tom Cheyney - 08 September 2010, 10:11

    Brent Nelson is unlikely to underestimate the limitations of science. “I’m always quick to not say, ‘something can’t be done.’ Because people are clever and will always figure something out….Never say nothing will ever happen.” As manager of NREL’s Process Development and Integration Laboratory (PDIL), one of the planet’s leading photovoltaic research facilities, he gets a steady dose of innovation in crystalline and thin-film silicon, CIGS, CdTe, organics, measurement technologies, and variations therein to support his optimistic outlook.

  • Exclusive: PV in the USA—The current incarnation of tech incubation at NREL

    By Tom Cheyney - 01 September 2010, 10:23

    Don’t let anyone tell you that the level of technological innovation and the amount of manufacturing capacity across the photovoltaics sector are on the wane in the United States. My own eyes and ears tell me otherwise. Since March, I have toured some 25 research, development, pilot, and volume production facilities in various parts of the country, including companies from the Mexican border up to the Bay Area in California, the burgeoning PV cluster in and around Toledo, OH, and most recently, the centennial state of Colorado, home of the esteemed National Renewable Energy Lab and several up-and-coming thin-film and inverter firms.

  • Cuts conundrum: investigating likely feed-in tariff changes worldwide

    By Emma Hughes - 25 August 2010, 15:20

    As we move further into 2010 the news of feed-in tariff cuts is becoming less and less surprising. Following the announcement this week that France plans to cut its subsidy rates for projects over 30m2, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has reported that this move may be followed by similar incisions in countries such as the Czech Republic, Ontario and the UK.

  • Solar slashing: France’s solar feed-in tariff to be cut by up to 12% - updated

    By Emma Hughes - 24 August 2010, 15:45

    Local press reports in France have pointed towards feed-in tariff cuts for solar power installations. The French government is expected to follow the trend in solar slashing to keep its policy in line with the massive price drops apparent across the industry.

  • Solar slashing: France’s solar feed-in tariff to be cut by up to 12% - updated

    By Emma Hughes - 24 August 2010, 15:33

    Local press reports in France have pointed towards feed-in tariff cuts for solar power installations. The French government is expected to follow the trend in solar slashing to keep its policy in line with the massive price drops apparent across the industry.

  • PV equipment makers rejoice as cell expansions exhibit strong growth, technology diversification

    By Finlay Colville - 20 August 2010, 16:10

    In contrast to the cloud of uncertainty prevailing over much of the thin-film equipment supply chain today, recent quarterly results within the c-Si segment from the likes of Centrotherm, Roth and Rau, Manz Automation, Applied Materials, and Amtech suggest sunny times lie ahead for these leading c-Si tool suppliers.

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