Finlay Colville joined Solar Media in June 2015 as head of the new Solar Intelligence activities. Until October 2014, he was vice president and head of solar at NPD Solarbuzz. Widely recognised as a leading authority on the solar PV industry, he has presented at almost every solar conference and event worldwide, and has authored hundreds of technical blogs and articles in the past few years. He holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in nonlinear photonics.

Why 2018 could be a breakthrough year for ‘Made-in-India’ module exports

Things can change very quickly in the solar industry, and no more so than when new trade-related cases are introduced or existing ones are amended in scope. Often companies – and in particular module suppliers relying on export revenues – suddenly find themselves with a golden opportunity that was previously not in their strategies, or have barriers unlocked that remove competitors based in other countries.

New Taiwan powerhouse to become leading non-Chinese producer of solar cells in 2018

What a start to the PV Taiwan 2017 week! There have been some rather tame mergers and acquisitions in the solar PV industry over the years - not to mention the shuffling of zombie factories within China – but the news today that Neo Solar Power, Gintech Energy Corp., and Solartech Energy are planning to merge is worthy of far more scrutiny.

How to find high-performance bankable quality solar modules with minimum risk

The PV ModuleTech 2017 conference is just over three weeks away, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-8 November 2017. In our research leading up to the event, three words have consistently been voiced across almost all key stakeholders in the life cycle of a PV module: quality, bankability and risk. These three module metrics form the raison-d'etre for the new PV ModuleTech 2017 conference.

Module quality emerges as new marketing tool for the solar industry

With many of the top-20 module suppliers to the solar industry now having multi-GW shipment volumes, attention has turned firmly to assessing metrics that companies can use to benchmark the quality and reliability of shipped products against their competitors.

Silicon Module Super League confirmed to speak at PV ModuleTech

The significance of PV-Tech’s forthcoming conference in Kuala Lumpur – PV ModuleTech 2017 – has just moved to a new level, with the key company executives from all members of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) giving presentations on stage about the quality, reliability, and performance of their solar modules.

Reducing OEM module supply should be quality-driven, not to save a penny on blended costs

100GW of PV modules to ship during 2018, but is quality matching quantity? (Part 2)

Leading up to the PV ModuleTech 2017 conference, less than 3 months away (Kuala Lumpur, 7-8 November 2017), this blog series explains why this dedicated two-day industry event has the potential to provide some key answers for EPCs, developers and asset owners, in terms of understanding the key metrics that underpin solar modules going forward, ultimately mitigating risks during site design and build-out, while optimizing overall return-on-investment for more than 20 years in the field. READ PART ONE HERE

100GW of PV modules to ship during 2018, but is quality matching quantity? (Part 1)

The solar industry is set to reach annual demand at the 100GW level much earlier than has been forecast by both third-party observers and the leading component suppliers. During 2018, the solar industry is shaping up to ship more than 100GW of solar modules during the calendar year, while 2017 alone will see the number exceed 90GW comfortably.

Exclusive: UK installed 640MW of solar in Q1 2017

With the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for UK-based solar incentives finishing on 31 March 2017, the domestic sector once again showed its resilience by installing a healthy 640MW during Q1 2017.