David has been Publisher of Solar Media Ltd (formerly Semiconductor Media) since 2007. In that time he has been responsible for launching four print publications and seven websites all dedicated to the solar industry. In 2010 he became a steering committee member for the Renewable Energy Association’s Solar Power Group, now merged with the Solar Trade Association in the UK. Accepted as an expert on the Solar PV market he has conducted many talks on the state of the UK solar market at events in Germany, China and the UK. He has a Bachelor of Arts with honours in English and Medieval Studies from Sydney University and has almost finished his MBA with the University of Technology in Sydney. An avid reader, David also enjoys all major sporting events that result in an Australian win.

The new UK FiT: how bad will it be?

It’s almost one year since the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and rumours are beginning to fly around the UK solar industry as to what the upcoming Comprehensive Consultation on the feed-in tariff (FiT) holds. I decided it was time to investigate what people are actually saying, and to find out how much of what is being said matches the facts around budgets, pricing and deployment.

Land of the Rising Sun under new management with strong solar support proposed

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) achieved a landslide victory over the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party on Aug. 31. The solar industry is set to benefit from new policies that could see Japan’s domestic solar industry double in 2010 and increase by 680MW P/A to meet an aggressive new 10% target by 2020, according to two Goldman Sachs analysts. On Aug. 19 Bloomberg correspondent Megumi Yamanaka reported on figures from Goldman Sachs concerning what would happen to Japan’s domestic solar market should the DPJ win.

Intersolar 2009: Q-Cells’ Milner calls for disruptive policy change to drive solar industry

After a slow start, this year’s PV Industry Forum, the traditional opening conference of Intersolar Week in Munich, finally got going during the last session of the day with a resounding call to action from none other than Q-Cells’ boss, Anton Milner. The conference opened with the usual slides and the usual suspects giving their views of the overall solar market. The obligatory emerging market was given lip service--this time it was India--while the rest of the presentations mostly failed to engage the audience in a meaningful way. Things changed during the afternoon....

Global Solar Industry Votes Online for International Solar Technology Award

First Solar to present at upcoming industry event

Semiconductor heavyweights Tokyo Electron team with Oerlikon Solar in Asia

SunPower announces record revenues in 2008, remains cautiously optimistic for 2009

Australia Solar Institute opens: Where to now for the Australian solar industry?

Thursday, January 15, saw the launch of the Australia Solar Institute. Australian scientists have often been at the forefront of renewable energy research, particularly solar. Unfortunately the domestic industry has been denied the opportunity to benefit from the world-class success of the research conducted in Australia, largely because of a lack of funding. Have things changed?

ReneSola, BP Solar swap polysilicon for wafers