Solar News

BayWa r.e. expands solar business to South-East Asia

2016-05-30 |

BayWa r.e. (Munich, Germany) targets the South-East Asian market: From its offices in Singapore and Bangkok, the company intends to manage solar projects in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. BayWa r.e. will also tap into the market potential of this region for the benefit of its photovoltaic trade business and look to strengthen existing contacts, the company reports. Read more...


Solar Report

Brazil’s new legislation to foster investment in distributed solar

2016-04-22 |

Brazil has made international headlines on political and economic issues lately, most of which did not paint a rosy picture of the country’s current situation. Nonetheless, development of the solar sector is on a promising path, with the successful execution of several large-scale PV auctions and increasing interest from industry players to set up a local value chain. The much touted small-scale distributed generation (DG) PV segment, however, is still struggling to meet growth expectations. Brazil has recently introduced new legislative measures to stimulate the DG segment, yet will these provide the remedy the market needs? 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 with project manager Cesar Beláunde on low energy prices and renewables for Chilean mines

2016-03-18 |

Although energy prices in Chile have historically been some of the highest in South America, in recent months prices have dropped. How would you describe the country’s current energy landscape? CB: The situation in the last few months has changed and with it the challenges faced by mines and renewables. Previously, demand exceeded supply, generating higher energy prices. Recently, the development of several renewables projects and the global energy situation, have reversed the situation by notably reducing energy costs. Read more...

Solar point of view

Christopher Burghardt: Enabling long-term solar investments in Europe

2016-03-04 |

In just over a decade, solar energy has evolved from being relegated to highly specialized applications that justified the high cost, or heavily subsidized programs entirely dependent on continuing policy support from governments; to increasingly capturing a large share of the total power generation market on the strength of economics alone. Read more...