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Solar PV demand forecast for the APAC region. Source: NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly report

NPD Solarbuzz: Major Asia-Pacific markets to account for 60 percent of global solar PV demand in H2, 2014

2014-09-18

The total solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from the five leading Asia Pacific (APAC) markets - China, Japan, India, Australia and Thailand - is forecast to reach 17.2 gigawatts (GW) during the second half of 2014, accounting for almost 60 percent of global solar PV demand, according to findings in the latest NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif., US) “Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly” report. While solar power has been growing across the APAC region, 95 percent of the demand in 2014 is coming from the top five countries. Read more...

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Solar PV demand forecast for the APAC region. Source: NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly report

NPD Solarbuzz: Major Asia-Pacific markets to account for 60 percent of global solar PV demand in H2, 2014

2014-09-18

The total solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from the five leading Asia Pacific (APAC) markets - China, Japan, India, Australia and Thailand - is forecast to reach 17.2 gigawatts (GW) during the second half of 2014, accounting for almost 60 percent of global solar PV demand, according to findings in the latest NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif., US) “Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly” report. While solar power has been growing across the APAC region, 95 percent of the demand in 2014 is coming from the top five countries. Read more...

The strongest market segment for the German photovoltaic equipment in the first half of 2014 was cell production equipment (39 percent), followed closely by manufacturing solutions for thin-film photovoltaics (33 percent)

VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment: German PV equipment providers increased sales by fairly 39%

2014-09-18

The development in turnover of the manufacturers of components, machinery and equipment for solar photovoltaics (PV) in Germany has seen a significant increase in the first half of 2014, announces VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment. Compared to the same time period last year the turnover has increased by fairly 39 percent. “The market for production solutions and manufacturing technologies for photovoltaics has been very dynamic in the first half of 2014,” explains Dr. Peter Fath, Managing Director of RCT Solutions GmbH and Chairman of the Board of VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment. With a global market share of over 50 percent German photovoltaic equipment suppliers defend their excellent competitive position in the first half of 2014. Read more...

Aggressive targets, e.g. for solar PV deployment, and efforts to open up the market make China top spot for foreign investors

Ernst & Young: China reclaims the top spot for renewable energy investment; Europe and the US lose ground to emerging markets

2014-09-17

China’s renewable energy market is the most attractive destination for investors looking to invest in the sector, according to Ernst & Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published on September 16th, 2014. China returns to top spot thanks to aggressive targets, e.g. for solar photovoltaics (PV) and efforts to open up the market to foreign investors. Read more...

“Solar PV panels are the most visible technology reshaping the residential power landscape, but there are many others, as well”, says Neil Strother, principal research analyst with Navigant Research

Navigant Research expects homeowners to invest more than USD 625 billion in residential energy generation, storage by 2023; Solar PV is the most visible technology

2014-09-17

Navigant Research, homeowners, investment, residential energy generation, storage, Solar PV, technology, distributed power generation, financing mechanisms, distributed energy resources, DER, innovations, utilities Read more...

Duke Energy's new solar PV facilities will look similar to the company's existing ones. Pictured is the Millfield Solar Power Project in Beaufort County, N.C.

Duke Energy commits USD 500 million to North Carolina solar expansion, company to acquire and construct three PV facilities totaling 128 MW

2014-09-16

Duke Energy (Charlotte, N.C., US) on September 15th, 2014 announced a USD 500 million investment to a major expansion of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in North Carolina. This culminates the company's request for proposals (RFP) issued in February 2014 for new solar capacity. The company will acquire and construct three solar PV facilities – totaling 128 megawatts (MW) of capacity – including the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility east of the Mississippi River. Read more...

Since its founding in 1985, SunPower has continuously improved the design of its all-back contact “Maxeon” solar cell

SunPower produces one-billionth solar PV cell; announces new 350 MW fab

2014-09-16

SunPower Corp. (San Jose, Calif., US) on September 15th, 2014 announced that it has manufactured its one billionth high efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cell. This milestone was achieved 11 years after the company started manufacturing its A-300 solar cell in its first fabrication facility (Fab). Today, SunPower operates two PV fabs that will produce approximately 1,300 megawatts of solar cells by the end of this year. To meet growing demand for SunPower solar PV systems, the company is building a new integrated 350 MW Fab, with first silicon expected in early 2015. Read more...

Since the 1980s, solar radiation has increased. As a result, PV systems in Germany are more cost-effective than anticipated with solar power yields exceeding predictions by 5 percent

Fraunhofer ISE: German PV systems generate five percent more solar power than expected

2014-09-15

PV systems in Germany are regularly generating higher solar power yields than expected, Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) announces. An investigation by Fraunhofer ISE links these higher yields to an upward trend in solar radiation, pointing out that the current radiation level in Germany is considerably higher than the average values of the last 30 years. As these average values have generally been used in yield predictions up to now, actual PV system yields are exceeding their forecasts by approximately five percent, making them more cost-effective than anticipated. Read more...

ERA has deferred the receipt of unsolicited bids only for grid-connected solar PV projects. Image: Solar PV system at Radio Pacis Arua, Uganda

Uganda Regulatory Authority receives Expressions of Interest for grid-connected solar PV projects totalling 986 MW

2014-09-15

The Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has granted additional permits to companies intending to undertake feasibility studies and other activities leading to the development of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects of up to 49 MW. The current reverse solar tender process under the nation’s Global Energy Transfer for Feed-in-Tariff (GETFiT) will add a total of 20–30 MW of solar PV to the National grid, ERA notes. Furthermore, the Authority has received Expressions of Interest for the development of grid-connected solar PV plants adding up to 986 MW, reads the press release. Read more...

IHS annual installed PV capacity forecast for Central America (MW)

IHS: Solar PV installations in Central America will amount to 1.5 GW for the period from 2012 through 2018

2014-09-11

Set to install an impressive 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity within a six-year period through 2018, Central America is attracting attention from PV developers from around the world, according to a new report from IHS Technology (London). This year, total PV capacity for the six countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama is forecast to reach 22 megawatts (MW), up from 6 MW last year. A gigantic leap is then expected to take place in 2015 when PV capacity bounds up to 243 MW, IHS Technology notes. Read more...

In 2013 Google provided equity investments for six solar photovoltaic (PV) projects by Recurrent Energy. Image: Recurrent's 17.5 MW-AC Victor Phelan PV project in California

Google invests USD 145 million in SunEdison’s 82 MW solar PV project Regulus

2014-09-11

SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, Calif., US), on September 10th, 2014 announced that Google Inc. has agreed to provide USD 145 million in equity financing for the “Regulus” solar photovoltaic (PV) project. When completed, the Regulus solar PV plant will be SunEdison's largest developed and constructed project in North America. Located in Kern County, California, the Regulus plant will begin operation later this year, and will supply solar power to Southern California Edison through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Read more...

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