Yingli Green Energy leads record-high quarterly solar PV module shipments, as the much anticipated global industry consolidation sets in.
The CEO of New Zealand network operator Vector intends to broaden the rollout of its solar storage leasing package, and expects up to a third of all consumers will generate and store their own electricity. He says too many networks are locked in an old paradigm, shovelling “dumb capital” into legacy assets and passing the cost on to consumers.
The top 10 solar PV manufacturers had a declining market share in 2012 – and the Japanese are catching up with Chinese rivals.
World’s biggest maker of thin-film panels plans to build solar farms in India for industrial and commercial consumers without any subsidies involved.
Chinese solar stocks tumble, hit by PV oversupply largely driven by the China machine; First Solar and Sharp seek new ways to beat the glut.
Mainstream parties defend the RET, but what exactly are they defending? The Coalition is blinded by its hatred of green technologies; why The Greens get it and mainstream parties don’t; why renewables could avert a gas-fired price surge; and why it’s better to be behind the meter than in front of it.
The first impression of Intersolar North America is somewhat like a grade school student walking into the New York Stock Exchange. This is a place for grown ups, and there is the heavy smell of money. Mainstream solar is here to stay – even if all is not well in the kingdom.
The global market for solar PV is expected to treble by 2015, producing panels at less than half the current cost. That will be the signal for the major electronics giants to enter the market. Plus: Martin Ferguson says rooftop solar killing gas, not coal.
Last week’s surge in solar PV production in Germany is just a taste of what’s to come. And with solar PV costs to fall below coal by the end of the decade, the energy industry is about to be turned on its head. Plus, Yingli’s “hockey stick” demand prediction. (Warning: This story contains graphs that owners of conventional power plants may find disturbing).
Australia beats Germany in small solar PV sytems; Germany sets solar production record; differences over solar multiplier; utilities getting solar windfall; module prices to fall sharply again this year; Australia a key market for major players; Big Solar campaign arrives in Canberra; and arise, the self consumer!