Heraeus to open R&D centers in China, Taiwan

Apr 28, 2015

The German engineering group is expanding oversees with new facilities focusing on local metallization paste modifications. Heraeus recently relocated its PV business unit headquarters to Shanghai.

Solar opportunities on the rise in Egypt

Apr 28, 2015

While some observers have questioned the Egyptian government's solar policies and expressed concern over the country's FIT program and grid capacity, local players appear unworried. pv magazine spoke to Rana Alaa, co-founder and technical director of Cairo-based SolarizEgypt, about the country's coming wave of solar development.

GPTech supplies inverters for 35 MW PV plant in Honduras

Apr 28, 2015

The Spanish power integration expert is again partnering with Grupo Ortiz on a solar PV plant in Central America. The Honduran installation will boast a peak capacity of 42.38 MW.

Trina to develop 300 MW distributed PV project in Hefei City

Apr 28, 2015

Trina Solar will develop a distributed generation PV project of up to 300 MW in China's Anhui Province as the leading solar company expands its DG activities across the country.

Shared solar set to explode

Apr 28, 2015

Shared solar for homes and businesses could represent as much as 49% of the U.S. distributed PV market by 2020 and reach up to 11 GW in the period, according to a new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

EU Prosun blasts EPIA, plans new steps in PV trade dispute

Apr 28, 2015

The SolarWorld-backed organization will announce on Wednesday further measures ahead of the expiration of the European Union's minimum import price and volume policy for Chinese solar PV manufacturers. EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke calls EPIA's stance "embarrassing."

Solar Frontier completes acquisition of Gestamp Solar's 280 MW US pipeline

Apr 27, 2015

The leading Japanese CIS solar energy company has established a new U.S. division headed by COO Charles Pimentel to facilitate its expansion in North America.

SolarWorld posts Q1 net loss despite revenue increase

Apr 27, 2015

The German-U.S. PV manufacturer continued making net losses for the fourth quarter in a row but managed to increase shipments by 44% to 202 MW as sales rose 50% due in large part to the dynamic U.S. market.

China, Kenya establish solar technology transfer center

Apr 27, 2015

The new facility outside of Nairobi, which opened on Friday, will boost the East African country's burgeoning solar sector, say execs.

Shungfeng CEO applauds EPIA minimum price stance

Apr 27, 2015

Eric Luo has applauded EPIA's position on the EU minimum price, saying that renewable energy rollout should not be blocked anywhere in the world by protectionism. The Shungfeng CEO told pv magazine that the company is seeking to position itself as an integrated energy service provider as the solar market transitions from component sales to a service-based industry.


Utilities: If You Can’t Beat Solar, Buy It

Apr 16, 2015

“Community Solar” projects are popping up all over the United States, providing large amounts of centrally-located, clean, renewable solar generation to utility customers in the area. On the surface, this would appear to be a great step forward for solar. But, there’s a catch. All solar generation that displaces old, dirty fossil fuel generation provides […]

Chinese Solar: The Sleeping Giant Is Waking To A New, Smoggy Sunrise

Apr 09, 2015

The Chinese government has set an ambitious new goal of 17.8GW of new installed solar capacity for this year. Can they reach it, and if so, what does it mean for the global solar industry? China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), has set a new PV target for 2015, which amounts to a whopping 27% more […]

Can Elon Musk Push Solar Storage Over The Top?

Apr 03, 2015

The tweet may have been a hint about the teaser Musk tweeted out the day before, announcing, “Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday at 8 pm, April 30.” The visionary entrepreneur is the CEO and of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla Motors, and chairman of the […]

Solar Profile: Beth Spence, American Solar Direct

Mar 18, 2015

Beth Spence, American Solar Direct’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, prides herself on helping communities reduce carbon while improving the economy and creating jobs. Please tell our readers a little about your background, and how you got into the solar industry. I’ve been in the energy business for most of my career. Earlier on […]

What Happens if the Federal Solar Tax Credit Expires?

Mar 13, 2015

The solar industry is booming. But can it sustain its current growth in the absence of the 30% federal tax credit? The U.S. Government’s Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows for any U.S. tax payer who purchases a solar system (or other renewable energy system) to receive the tax credit equal to 30% of the system […]

Solar Energy Storage In Five Years?

Mar 04, 2015

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the solar industry is going to have to address the energy storage issue soon if the market is to continue growing. Can battery technology be ready for primetime within five years? Current moves on the part of utilities to centralize solar with large “solar farms” notwithstanding, solar will be […]

California Tech Giants Google and SunCity Partner on Residential Solar Fund

Mar 03, 2015

Forward-looking California tech giants Google and SunCity are partnering again to create the largest residential solar financing program in US history. Google has announce its largest foray to date by working with San Mateo, California based SolarCity to create a fund which could finance as much as $750 million in residential solar projects. The new […]

Solar Naysayers Put Politics Before Facts

Feb 27, 2015

Despite the rapid growth in the solar industry worldwide and the mounting evidence that solar technology benefits both the economy and the environment, some anti-solar activists just don’t know when to quit. A recent guest column at Forbes.com by David Williams illustrates just how poorly conceived some of the solar-haters arguments can be. Mr. Williams, […]

SunRun opens New Design Center in Irvine

Feb 25, 2015

San Francisco-based Sunrun, the nation’s largest solar company dedicated to residential systems, is expanding its presence in Orange County, California with the recent opening of a new solar design engineering center in Irvine.

Enviros and Tea Party Agree: Solar is Good for Florida

Feb 23, 2015

Far-left environmental activists and far-right small government conservatives may seem like odd allies, but when it comes to making Florida a leader in solar energy, both sides agree. The time has come to open the market to solar power. California, Texas and Florida have a lot in common. They are the nations three most populated […]