East Asia solar special report - Top Runner

Technology | China’s Top Runner PV auctions are growing from a small base to potentially representing the majority of utility solar deployment by next year. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Yvonne Liu speaks to John Parnell about the companies and technologies gunning to take advantage.

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan for solar – a look at 2017 and beyond

By Frank Haugwitz, Frank Haugwitz is an expert on PV and renewable energy in China. Based in Beijing since 2002, he founded and directs Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), a consultancy working to help European and Asian companies understand Chinese renewable energy regulation and policy. Since 2013 he has been the elected vice chairman of the Renewable Energy Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.

Market update | At the end of 2016 China published a long-awaited plan that will determine the course of PV deployment for the next five years. China solar industry expert Frank Haugwitz unpicks the plan and assesses the country’s chances of surpassing 100GW of capacity this year.

Financing Southeast Asian solar

Finance | The emerging solar markets of Southeast Asia each present their own unique set of conditions from a financing perspective. Reporting back from the Solar Finance & Investment Southeast Asia conference in Thailand at the end of 2016, Tom Kenning looks at how a promising solar region is bringing in the investors.

Built tough for Taiwan

System integration | Taiwan has set itself a target of 20GW of PV by 2025, but standing in the way of that are acute land shortages and some extreme weather conditions. Tom Kenning reports on the creative technological and construction solutions being found to address Taiwan’s unique challenges.

MENA means business

By Danielle Ola, Editor, PV Tech

Market overview - A number of false dawns have so far prevented solar from living up to its full potential in the Middle East and North Africa. But as Danielle Ola reports, with all the right ingredients in place, and an increasingly competitive business environment, the prospects in the region look better than ever before.

Emerging market briefing

By Tom Kenning, Editor, PV Tech

Tom Kenning profiles some of the emerging solar markets around the world that look set to gain momentum in 2017.

O&M perspectives on soiling

By Ben Willis, Editor, PV Tech

Keeping on top of the impacts of dust and sand on power output is crucial to making solar a viable option in desert regions such as the Middle East. A fierce debate is currently raging over which methods are the most effective. Ben Willis listens to some of the arguments.

Chile plots path to two-cents solar by 2025

By Tom Kenning, Editor, PV Tech

Chile has long been a strong contender for PV deployment with a growing economy, great solar resources and plenty of land. But as Tom Kenning learns, the market has several challenges ahead on its path to two-cents solar.

Market Update: Solar wars - a new hope for the Spanish PV market

By James Blackman, Freelance journalist

The Spanish photovoltaic market, once the darling of the global industry, has been ailing for almost a decade. But a new government finds itself with a mandate to build capacity, repeal taxes and redress the balance. James Blackman polls the market on its hopes for a new start.

Solar PV technology trends for 2016

By Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence, Solar Media

Solar photovoltaic manufacturing is benefiting today from increased allocations by leading producers for capex into new facilities and technologies. Capturing these trends in March 2016, the PVCellTech conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by Photovoltaics International’s publisher, Solar Media, provided a fascinating insight into what can be expected during the second half of 2016. Leading the drive to higher cell efficiencies and panel powers are efforts to increase the production of passivated emitter rear contact, or PERC, cells. This new trend can be seen to be driving the internal roadmaps of all silicon cell manufacturers, in addition to competing n-type and thin-film providers.

America’s corporate clean energy trailblazers

By Ben Willis

Through its Corporate Clean Energy Universe, market researcher Clean Edge is tracking the 37 US corporations leading the way on low-carbon and renewable energy adoption. Its managing director, Ron Pernick, tells Ben Willis of his hopes that a second wave of smaller companies will follow their lead as new green energy business models hit the mainstream.

Back from the brink

By John Parnell, Solar Media

After a series of hammer blows, and against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty, the UK solar industry appears to have found some joy offering long-term contracts and self-consumption systems to commercial clients, a sector it had previously found hardest to crack, writes John Parnell.

A nice problem to have

By Danielle Ola, Solar Media

The US solar market finds itself with the bizarre, but welcome, problem of having to “manage” a boom. Danielle Ola examines the impact of the ITC extension, alternative drivers of US solar and debunks the supply crunch myth.