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Technology - Solar News

IHS: Q1 sees massive solar PV inverter shipment growth & solid quarter for SMA Solar Technology

2015-05-22 |

According to latest findings from IHS Technology’s Q1 report on the global solar PV inverter market, PV inverter shipments grew 37.5% in Q1, 2015 versus the same quarter of 2014 and exceeded 11 GW. This is the largest Q1 on record and the fourth largest quarter the industry has recorded, IHS notes. Market leader, SMA Solar Technology, enjoyed an outstanding quarter and saw a slight rebound in its market share. Despite not having a major presence in the major Asian markets, its strength in other regions such as the UK saw its global market share increase to 15.7% in Q1, 2015. Read more...

Solar Report

2012 solar PV year in review: A complex picture of a changing market

2013-01-24 |

The difficulties that the global solar industry experienced in 2012 were both clear and expected. Continuing excess solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing capacity spurred a collapse in prices across the PV value chain, creating consistently negative margins and negative profitability for upstream PV manufacturers. This led to a large number of bankruptcies, insolvencies and acquisitions, but also trade wars between the United States and China, the EU and China, and between India and everyone else. 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

The thin film solar cell industry in transition: knockout phase is over – profitability and vertical integration next

2015-05-13 |

Prices of solar cells and solar panels have fallen dramatically over the last few years. This (and state subsidies) has been good for the advancement of this amazing renewable energy source, and solar energy can today be seen as an established energy source, reliable and well distributed, cost competitive with traditional non-renewable energy sources and with a very healthy annual growth in installed solar panels. Read more...