The seller’s market

By Liam Stoker, Solar Media

Following years of frantic consolidation, the UK’s secondary solar market has begun to slow. Liam Stoker analyses what the future holds in store for the once-thriving market, and what’s next for long-term asset holders

Falling costs help solar thrive in the desert

By Paul Mansouri; Angela Croker

Solar in the Middle East and North Africa continues to flourish, with utility projects leading the way. As Paul Mansouri and Angela Croker of Norton Rose Fulbright write, the development of battery storage technology and a growing interest among large corporates in solar as an energy source will help the market to continue growing

Vietnam’s mysterious solar market builds momentum

By Tom Kenning, Solar Media

Concerns over Vietnam’s power purchase agreement have not prevented a huge number of project deals being signed. Tom Kenning weighs up what progress is being made in putting one of Southeast Asia’s most promising solar markets on the map

R&D spending analysis of 20 key PV manufacturers in 2017

By Mark Osborne, Solar Media

An analysis of R&D spending of 20 publicly listed PV module manufacturers in 2017 has been undertaken to replace Photovoltaics International’s previous list of 12 companies tracked over a 10-year period. A number of the original companies tracked have subsequently de-listed from stock markets and gone private, which meant that a broader analysis, including other listed companies was required to provide a good representation of global R&D spending trends in the PV wafer, cell and module segments of the upstream solar market.

Back to the drawing board: US utility market rides the wave of change

By John Parnell, Solar Media

Trade tariffs, technology changes, new suppliers and shifting timelines. US developers and EPCs are riding out challenging times. John Parnell looks at the scale of the upheaval and how module pricing and module technology changes are feeding into the day-to-day work of deploying megawatts

Indian solar policy clear-up muddled by safeguard saga

By Tom Kenning, Solar Media

The Indian solar juggernaut shows few signs of slowing down en route to its huge target of 100GW by 2022. But, as Tom Kenning, recent policy developments could create a few bumps in the road along the way

The ‘coming of age’ of UK Solar

By Liam Stoker, Solar Media

UK solar has defied a retraction of subsidies by finding ever more innovate routes to market. Liam Stoker analyses some of the most interesting business models to take hold as the UK emerges as a post-subsidy solar destination

Emerging market briefing

By Tom Kenning; Ben Willis

Tom Kenning and Ben Willis look at the latest developments in some of the most promising emerging PV markets worldwide. This issue features Pakistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

Black to gold: The oil & gas majors plotting a solar revolution

By Liam Stoker

The global decarbonisation agenda and still-tumbling costs are sending oil and gas giants and traditional energy majors into the PV market, and in a big way. Liam Stoker investigates what that means for the international solar market.

Mono vs multi, n-type vs p-type: outlooks from PV CellTech 2018

By Tom Kenning, deputy editor, PV Tech

PV CellTech has become the upstream PV industry’s foremost annual event. This year, a key topic for discussion was whether n-type silicon would trump p-type as manufacturers look to drive up efficiencies, as well as the inevitable debate over the relative fortunes of multi and mono technologies. Tom Kenning reports from the event.

Polysilicon consumption to decline below 4g/W in Q3 2018

By Finlay Colville, Head of Market Research, Solar Media

The in-house market research team at PV Tech, this journal’s sister website, has developed a new model for forecasting trends in polysilicon consumption by the solar industry. This article analyzes how, based on this new model, the industry’s use of polysilicon will dip below 4 grams per watt by the end of this year.

Top 10 module suppliers in 2017

By Finlay Colville, Head of Market Research, Solar Media

Following an extensive research process, we can now reveal the top 10 module suppliers (by shipment volumes) for the calendar year 2017. The final listing – and the underlying numbers – confirms the trends of recent years and the continued dominance of our self-penned ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) group.

Emerging market briefing

By Ben Willis

Ben Willis looks at the latest trends from some of the world’s most promising emerging PV markets. This issue features Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and South Korea