The build-up of dust and other particles on PV modules can impact on the efficiency of a power plant. Understanding how soiling can vary in different regions of the world is crucial in maximising plant performance, writes Dmytro Podolskyy.
PV modules are commonly installed with mechanical fixings. But as installers look to drive down system costs, structural bonding is emerging as a reliable and cost-effective alternative, writes Michael Niederfuehr.
According to some industry observers, rapid growth and cost cutting in the solar industry have created the conditions for a module quality headache. Ben Willis investigates how the industry is responding to the challenge.
Japan’s reputation as the PV star performer of the past two years has suffered a knock with the cancellation of 1.8GW of projects. With the country’s nuclear debate threatening to reopen and rumours of a solar backlash, Andy Colthorpe assesses the future for one of the world’s top PV markets.
Policy uncertainty and a damaging trade dispute have undermined India’s ability to realize its vast solar potential. But with a new prime minister now settling in, the worm could be about to turn for the country’s beleaguered solar industry, writes Raj Prabhu.
The Australian parliament is undertaking final deliberations on the fate of the renewable energy target, a key enabler in the country’s recent solar boom. Colin Marrs assesses where the country’s PV industry would be left by the watering down or scrapping of the RET.
A number of the US’ leading solar firms have been pioneers of the integrated PV energy provider model. Mark Osborne charts the evolution of the model and explains how it could be emulated as other firms look to capitalise on burgeoning end-market demand.
This year Solar Power International rolls into that haven for hedonism, Las Vegas. But as the chief executives of the two bodies behind the event tell Lucy Woods, behind the pazazz, some serious issues will be under the spotlight.
The US has steadily developed what is now among the world’s leading solar markets. John Parnell explores how its conservative approach has allowed it to build a solid industry that will now prepare it for challenges that lie ahead.