Gridlock for PV in Japan Thomas Gerke

Part one » 23.10.2014

Gridlock for PV in Japan

Over the past couple of weeks, several of Japan's ten big utilities have announced that they have stopped granting access to the power grid for new renewable energy projects. Today, we look at the general background of the Japanese grid and the country’s FITs. read more »

Climate neutral at the Melbourne Zoo Foto: Madison Australia

Climate neutral at the Melbourne Zoo

Despite government backpedaling on climate policy, the Melbourne Zoo takes steps to reduce its climate impact. read more »

German PV market continues shrinking Congery AG

Photovoltaics » 05.10.2014

German PV market continues shrinking

Last week, Germany’s Network Agency published the latest figures for new PV installations. The monthly reduction in feed-in tariffs for new arrays will be reduced starting in October because the market is slowing down. read more »

German PV equipment manufacturing up 39 percent in 2014 Foto: Centrotherm Photovoltaics AG

German PV equipment manufacturing up 39 percent in 2014

German mechanical engineering association VDMA says that German manufacturers of production lines for photovoltaics are already benefiting from the global boom – which could very well be for the long term. read more »

Solar keeps getting cheaper IRENA

IRENA » 13.09.2014

Solar keeps getting cheaper

IRENA has published a new report investigating the successful cost reduction of various renewable energy technologies. Today, we take a look at three charts pertaining to PV. read more »

Hawaii says it has too much residential PV BSW-Solar/Upmann

Hawaii says it has too much residential PV

Though alternating current by definition flows back and forth, Hawaii’s grid operator now says too many homeowners have PV, and “the electric grid was designed to send electricity one-way from utility generators to customers.” Homeowners with “unapproved” arrays are to have their systems disconnected. read more »

Floating solar power plants to be built in Japan Foto: Kyocera

Solar power » 05.09.2014

Floating solar power plants to be built in Japan

Since the introduction of feed-in tariffs in mid-2012, Japan has experienced a solar power boom. The rapid growth has apparently led to somewhat of a shortage of available land for “mega solar” projects. This has encouraged project developer Kyocera to view Japan's ponds, reservoirs and lakes as potential sites for large solar projects. read more »

German PV crosses 37 GW threshold Rainer Sturm

Solar » 03.09.2014

German PV crosses 37 GW threshold

Perhaps in anticipation of policy changes that went into effect on August 1, the German PV market grew considerably in July, though hardly to a remarkable level relative to growth over the past five years. In similar news, France has crossed the five gigawatt threshold. read more »

See-through solar? Craig Morris

Photovoltaics » 22.08.2014

See-through solar?

Researchers from Michigan State University are in the news this week with new “solar windows.” It’s not yet ready to move from the lab to the market, but the bigger question is whether it should. read more »

“Market” makes German solar up to 30% more expensive Foto: Krannich Solar

Photovoltaics » 22.08.2014

“Market” makes German solar up to 30% more expensive

The feed-in tariffs for new photovoltaic arrays in Germany continue to drop on a monthly basis, but the recent slowdown in market growth means the monthly reduction will fall to 0.5 percent starting in September. read more »