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February 11, 2011
By Finlay Colville
In releasing their FY Q1’11 financial results, Amtech Systems CEO J.S. Whang captured succinctly the underlying bullishness prevailing today at the Tempe, AZ-based PV equipment manufacturer:
Features, Guest Blog
February 9, 2011
By Emma Hughes
As the well-known song puts it, I don’t like Mondays. However, while I can usually cope with them, coming into the office at the beginning of the week to read about how the UK's Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has decided to launch an early review of the feed-in tariff made me want to turn around and walk straight back out the door.
Features, Guest Blog
February 2, 2011
By Mark Bachman
In its conference call last night, MEMC called out a Chinese company with "very nice costs" in the context of best-known methods in solar industry wafering. As MEMC ramps its in-house wafering operations after years of outsourcing, we believe the company was referencing ReneSola.
Features, Guest Blog
January 25, 2011
By Mark Bachman
A well-telegraphed joint press conference between the BSW (Germany's solar industry) and Germany's Environment Minister outlined potential midyear (July 1) feed-in tariff cuts for the German solar industry. Bulls and bears will have equal amounts to hang their hats on, but Germany's ultimate goal of reducing excess project returns while still stimulating demand to achieve installation goals looks quite possible.
Features, Guest Blog
January 10, 2011
By Edwin Koot
In this guest blog, Edwin Koot, founder of solarplaza.com, discusses the growing trend of the ever-increasing size of utility-scale PV power plants and the implications facing the industry as both the scale and number of such projects are set to increase.
Features, Guest Blog
December 21, 2010
By Alan King
Alan King of Canadian Solar notes that while the extension of the U.S. Treasury's 1603 cash grant program has positive implications for the solar industry in 2011 and beyond, there's much work still to be done to increase PV's percentage of the country's overall energy portfolio.
Features, Guest Blog
December 16, 2010
By Jaroslav Dorda
On December 10, 2010 the Czech President Vaclav Klaus approved a retroactive solar tax for solar power plants in the Czech Republic
Features, Guest Blog
November 18, 2010
By Finlay Colville
In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings, Applied Materials (AMAT) announced net sales within its Energy & Environmental Services (EES) segment (which includes PV tool revenues) of US$606 million. Accordingly, Solarbuzz equipment supplier analysis reveals that AMAT has just reached a significant landmark: the first equipment supplier to reach and exceed the US$1 billion barrier for PV-specific trended ttm tool revenues. Certainly, this achievement offers comfort to tool suppliers that the PV segment has grown to an appreciable level. However, while every other PV tool supplier would welcome reaching this milestone, AMAT’s road taken to the US$1 billion PV revenue mark has been far from incident free.
Features, Guest Blog
November 4, 2010
By Ash Sharma
The supply and market dynamics of the PV inverter sector continue to play-out this year as this guest blog by Ash Sharma, Renewable Energy Research Director at IMS Research, highlights the next expected supply/demand scenario.Whilst in the first three quarters of 2010 inverter suppliers enjoyed tremendously high demand, tight supply and stable prices, a drastic reversal in their fortunes may quickly be seen as demand wanes, supply massively grows and inventory builds.
Features, Guest Blog
October 30, 2010
By Jaroslav Dorda
At the end of October, the Czech government approved special measures against the ongoing solar boom in the country. Many of these measures are being abruptly negotiated and passed by the Czech Parliament so that they can take effect starting in January 2010. One of these measures will be a brand-new retroactive ‘solar tax’ imposed on producers of solar energy.

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