Cloud technology has conquered IT, now it’s time for PV? Easy Solar

Cloud technology has conquered IT, now it’s time for PV?

Photovoltaics market is driven by constant technological development. Numerous innovations in photovoltaics on manufacturing level and energy use optimisation solutions have contributed to decrease in costs of this technology. This time there has appeared the innovative solution for photovoltaics dedicated to designing and dimensioning process. read more »

Revolution on Polish PV market Foto: Energie- und Umweltzentrum Allgäu

Revolution on Polish PV market

Poland is constantly indicated as one of rising markets with high potential for future development in photovoltaics. Up to now, this sector in Poland compared to other European countries remains small due to lack of adequate Renewable Energy Act that could provide transparent support mechanism for photovoltaics. Long awaited renewable energy law draft was issued by Polish Government last week. read more »

New solar FITs in Germany and UK Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Energy policy » 05.08.2013

New solar FITs in Germany and UK

The UK has announced its new feed-in tariffs for the rest of the year, as has Germany. The Germans continue to decrease the rates by 1.8% each month as the country remains above the government's official target. read more »

Spanish solar FITs revisited Assyce Fotovoltaica S.L./First Solar

Energy policy » 01.08.2013

Spanish solar FITs revisited

Today, we take a closer look at why the guaranteed 7.5% return on investments in renewables in Spain is nonetheless cause for alarm. read more »

Utility-scale solar small in Germany Foto: BUSO Bund Solardach eG

Photovoltaics » 30.07.2013

Utility-scale solar small in Germany

According to statistics published at Wiki-Solar, the country that leads the world in installed photovoltaic capacity by a wide margin is only just barely in second place in terms of systems larger than 10 megawatts -- and will fall behind even further. read more »

Power storage in old batteries Foto: SMA

Power storage in old batteries

A group of Swiss and German firms have taken a look at an unusual solution in order to make power storage more affordable – they simply reuse rechargeable batteries at the end of their service lives. read more »

Half of German PV installers offer batteries Foto: SMA

Half of German PV installers offer batteries

In a new survey of tradespeople, German solar lobby group BSW found that half of German installers have already built a solar roof with a battery storage system, not only among homeowners, but also in the commercial sector. But that does not mean that half the arrays now being installed have battery storage, nor does it mean that PV + batteries is what the energy transition needs. read more »

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German industry demands more exemptions

Even as the cost of wholesale power for industry drops, the number of firms applying for an exemption to the renewables surcharge continues to grow. In lieu of action from Merkel's coalition, supporters of the energy transition hope that Brussels will step in. read more »

Germany not to discontinue subsidies for PV Foto: Colexon AG

Energy policy » 11.07.2013

Germany not to discontinue subsidies for PV

This week, a basically accurate report on Germany's Energiewende at the BBC nonetheless contains a few errors, the biggest one concerning the word "subsidies," which was widely circulated in the press. read more »

Import duties on Chinese PV bankrupt German solar firm Gehrlicher Solar AG

Photovoltaics » 10.07.2013

Import duties on Chinese PV bankrupt German solar firm

Yesterday, Gehrlicher Solar file for bankruptcy at court in Munich. In a press release, the firm says import duties on Chinese solar panels mean it will no longer be able to pay back its debt. read more »