Divided French reactions to 1,000 km of solar roads RTE

PV » 08.02.2016

Divided French reactions to 1,000 km of solar roads

Journalist Olivier Daniélo is not happy about French Environmental Minister Royal’s plans for a megameter of PV. Today, we review his collection of French and other voices and analyses. read more »

Germany misses PV target for 2015 Foto: Sonneninvest AG

Solar » 04.02.2016

Germany misses PV target for 2015

It’s official: Germany’s Network Agency has announced the number of newly installed PV arrays for December. Or is it the number of newly registered arrays? read more »

1,000 km of solar roads in France Gerry Lynch

Rant » 29.01.2016

1,000 km of solar roads in France

It’s enough to make you despair: French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has announced the construction of 1,000 kilometers of solar panels, which would be fine if she didn’t plan to pave roads with them. Put solar on stuff, not stuff on solar, y’all (I'm looking at you, Netherlands). read more »

First auctioned PV array online Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Solar » 28.01.2016

First auctioned PV array online

British solar installer Solarcentury announced yesterday the completion of a 4.7 MW array in Saxony-Anhalt. It is apparently the first system to go into operation under the new auction policy. read more »

Opportunities and Framework for PV in South Africa Foto: Colexon AG

Expert article » 26.01.2016

Opportunities and Framework for PV in South Africa

South Africa has great potential for solar energy, but the historically low cost of electricity and the comparably high costs incurred when installing solar PV systems has resulted in this potential remaining underutilised and underexploited. read more »

Germany now #2 for solar behind China EnergyTransition.de

PV » 25.01.2016

Germany now #2 for solar behind China

It was fun while it lasted, but China has reportedly reached 43 gigawatts, compared to just under 40 gigawatts in Germany. The Germans have lost their status as the largest PV country in terms of installations in the world for good. read more »

Third PV pilot auction in Germany completed Thorben Wengert | pixelio.de

Solar » 08.01.2016

Third PV pilot auction in Germany completed

The last of three pilot auctions for ground-mounted PV was finished in December, and all of the winners have placed their deposit. The price is lower, and citizen cooperatives won for the first time. read more »

German PV in 2016 Foto: BUSO Bund Solardach eG

Photovoltaics » 05.01.2016

German PV in 2016

As the German PV market continues to grind to a halt, new rules that took effect on January 1 could slow things down even further. read more »

Gabriel ends solar storage “madness” Grafik: BSW-Solar

Gabriel ends solar storage “madness”

German Industry Minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced that policy support for solar storage systems will not be continued after the end of this year. The solar sector itself is up in arms, but it is mainly worried about itself. The Energiewende does not need a focus on solar power storage in lithium-ion batteries alone. read more »

Germany no longer a hotspot for PV Solarlog

Photovoltaics » 10.11.2015

Germany no longer a hotspot for PV

A new ranking by GTM Research shows that the main markets for new PV plants are – surprise, surprise – in Asia and the Americas. Policy is now less important than market access. And Germany is falling behind. read more »