The pv magazine weekly news digest

Jan 30, 2015

UK solar had them shouting from the rooftops this week, there was plenty to ponder after the WFES in Abu Dhabi, good news from Chile and President Obama's meeting with Narendra Modi gave us the excuse to upload a picture of The Moody Blues... ask your parents.

China unveils 15 GW solar target

Jan 30, 2015

Government wants to treble the amount of DG, including at least 3.15 GW of rooftop solar. The 15 GW total figure would represent a 50 per cent rise on the 10 GW installed in 2014.

Siva Power reaches $10m milestone

Jan 30, 2015

Californian thin film manufacturer a step nearer being 'the least expensive solar panel manufacturer worldwide.' The arrival of the city of Wuxi as a backer may offer a hint as to the final location of 300 MW fab.

SMA seeks to cut costs by $180m

Jan 30, 2015

German inverter manufacturer expects earnings before tax of around $850m this year. The Niestetal-based company announced this week, 1,600 jobs will go by the end of June.

Pakistan issues guidelines and tariffs for solar

Jan 30, 2015

Government introduces raft of guidelines and tariffs on energy fed into the grid.

Report: Latin America's solar market jumped 370% in 2014

Jan 29, 2015

Latin America's solar power capacity additions jumped 370% in 2014, to 625 MW, according to a report by GTM Research, which forecasts another year of triple-digit growth for the region's nascent PV market in 2015.

Ecuador: Cumulative PV power reaches 26 MW

Jan 29, 2015

The South American nation installed 22.5 MW from January to November last year.

Malaysian government reaffirms renewables research support in 'Smart Villages' project

Jan 29, 2015

Announcements arrives amid international cooperation on off-grid technology

UK almost doubles PV capacity in 12 months

Jan 29, 2015

Data from DECC reveals U.K. ended 2014 with 5 GW of cumulative solar capacity, having ended 2013 with just shy of 2.8 GW installed.

Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

Jan 29, 2015

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.


Solar Suds: California Boasts World’s Largest Solar Brewery

Jan 30, 2015

This weekend, many Americans will be enjoying the culmination of the 2014-2015 NFL season by drinking some of their favorite frosty adult beverages while watching the Seattle Seahawks and The New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl XLIX. What they may not know, is that they may be drinking beer brewed with solar power. […]

Solar Adds to Home Sale Value, New Report Shows

Jan 23, 2015

Over the last 10 years, there has been a great deal of debate over residential solar and its impact on the value of homes. Up until recently, information was incomplete and most information on the subject was anecdotal. A new study led by researchers at Lawrence Berkley labs finds that a solar installation does indeed […]

Saudi Moves To Corner the Energy Market May Include Solar

Jan 16, 2015

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the current plummet in oil prices is driven in part by OPEC’s desire to hurt the North American shale oil industry. Could they also be looking at a future in the solar market? Speaking at the opening day of the fourth Solar Arabia summit in Riyadh in October of […]

2016 Presidential Campaign: Solar Scorecard

Jan 07, 2015

Which Candidates are Strong on Solar? As we enter the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, a plethora of Republican and Democratic hopefuls are powering up their campaign machines. Many are already taking up part-time residence in the “first in the nation” states of Iowa and New Hampshire, hoping to separate themselves from the pack. […]

Turbulence in the Energy Market: What Does it Mean for Solar?

Jan 01, 2015

As we usher in 2015, we see a great deal of volatility in the energy sector, both domestically and internationally, both in the fossil fuel market and the renewable energy industry. An interconnected web of economics, politics and technology, it is hard to know what might be over the horizon. One thing is for sure, […]

Happy Solar Holidays!

Dec 23, 2014

Did you know that solar energy is at the root of many holiday traditions? December is a time for celebrating faith, family…and the power of the sun! Each December, people of nearly every culture around the world celebrate a significant holiday. In the Christian community, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus of […]

The War Over Rooftop Solar

Dec 19, 2014

Is Distributed Generation dead? Perhaps not, but some utility companies are trying hard to redefine DG and privately owned residential solar is not part of their plan. In 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity, but that growth won’t continue if powerful utility lobbyists have their way. Since the […]

Gatherings of the Tribe: Grassroots Solar Events Build Community Support

Dec 12, 2014

For many years now, I have had the pleasure of attending renewable energy expos, solar industry conventions and meetings of the “solar community” both large and small. As the solar energy industry has grown from a niche market into a mainstream technology, the media often focuses on large, international trade shows. But what about your […]

A New Direction For Solar: West Facing Panels

Dec 04, 2014

Since the advent of modern solar technology, common wisdom has always taught us that solar panels should face the equator. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, that means south. Now, with falling panel prices, the South-facing paradigm may be falling by the wayside. As we know, the suns relative position to any given […]

Solar Values = American Values

Nov 26, 2014

“By the way, if you want to have a war over oil, leave me out of it- because I don’t think we need it. All I have to say is, go solar! Go wind! Let a little freedom into your life, and help your neighbors stay free, too.” Richard Perez, Publisher, Home Power Magazine- keynote […]