Solar News

Solar heating and cooling: Markets transitioning from residential to commercial

2015-03-04 |

Change is coming to the world’s solar thermal markets: Single-family homes – currently the most important sales segment – are going to lose their significance in the future. This is just one of the results from international survey ISOL Navigator December 2014, a study published by German agency solrico. Read more...


Solar Report

Renewable Energy and Chilean Mines: A Market Overview

2015-01-13 |

For a relatively new and untested renewable energy market, Chile has a remarkable number of strengths. The country has incredibly attractive solar resources, according to Joel Link, vice president of development and global head of mining development for SolarReserve. “The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, has arguably the world’s strongest solar resource,” he says, noting that this area also happens to be home to the lion’s share of the country’s mining activities. Read more...

Solar Energy System of the Month

Wildwoods Convention Center PV project

2013-07-05 |

In late July 2012, workers connected to the grid a 487 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwoods, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore of reality TV fame. This is a large PV plant, but by no means the largest in New Jersey, and the mixture of Suntech and Eoplly multicrystalline silicon PV modules and Power-One inverters is fairly mainstream as well. What makes this PV plant different is its investors. A total of 823 individuals from 42 US states invested more than USD 1 million in the plant, though crowd-funding platform Mosaic. Read more...

Solar Showcase

“Up-and-running solar plants are better than traditional real estate”

2014-06-07 |

Where is the market for operating solar installations heading? Long-term investors, such as pension funds, value above all the security of investing in these installations, which solar expert Paul Grunow has long referred to as being “better than traditional real estate”. Engineering experts, meanwhile, tend to purchase existing solar plants with design errors, before carrying out improvements and reselling them at a profit. Support for this growing market is being provided by MilktheSun.com, the largest open marketplace for photovoltaic installations, PV project rights and unused roofs and ground areas. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview on desert challenges: O&M in China’s solar market

2014-12-16 |

There is growing discussion around the effects of harsh climatic conditions on the O&M of PV plants. It’s not just an issue for China, is it? No, definitely not. With cumulative global PV capacities reaching ~180 GW this year, the O&M market for solar PV installations worldwide is already substantial. Out of this total, more and more PV installations are operating under demanding climatic conditions, such as in deserts or in highly polluted areas, and this will increase in the future, especially in emerging markets. These challenging environments require module manufacturers and power generators to adapt their module design and O&M strategies accordingly, which is vital for plant profitability. Read more...

Solar point of view

Solar point of view: Why settle for less? The use case for higher efficiency PV modules in the UK

2015-02-13 |

“With more then five million households in the UK having already installed solar panels, and that number still set to grow, I think it’s time to debunk some of the perception myths on higher efficiency modules,” says Sven Armbrecht, UK Manager, LG Solar. In this Solar point of view, he advocates the use of higher efficiency PV modules in the UK. Read more...