"People were naïve about the industry" Foto: Nicole Weinhold

"People were naïve about the industry"

Stuart Brannigan, Vice-President Sales and Marketing Europe and Americas of ZNShine Solar, a Chinese solar supplier, speaks about the future of solar industry in Europe. read more »

Black silicon in one step Rice University/Barron Group

Black silicon in one step

Science continues to progress when it comes to increasing solar cell efficiency. Black silicon production is one example. Current research brings black silicon closer to mass production. read more »

Does solar still pay in Germany? Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Photovoltaics » 03.07.2014

Does solar still pay in Germany?

Solar continues to be built in Germany – quite a bit of it, actually, relative to peak summer demand. Nonetheless, the market is poised to be roughly cut in half this year – for the second year in a row. A major German solar planner seems to be in financial trouble. How low can Germany go? read more »

Rome retroactively sets new rules Foto: SAG Solarstrom

Rome retroactively sets new rules

The Italian government wants to retroactively establish new rules for photovoltaic subsidies. Total compensation is only to be disbursed annually. Over the next year, operators must choose between two unacceptable payment variants. read more »

France puts PV on disused uranium mine RTE

Juwi » 30.06.2014

France puts PV on disused uranium mine

German wind and solar power plant project developer Juwi secured an unusual and extremely symbolic project. They also have a new remote surveillance technique and optimized business management. read more »

Standards Not Sufficient for Preventing Failure Foto: Suntech

Standards Not Sufficient for Preventing Failure

The insulation performance of PV modules is vital for sustained field operation and personnel safety. Yet, despite international standards for dry-insulation resistance test procedures, field failures remain prevalent. For some time PV module manufacturers and customers alike have been troubled by the following problem: Why do PV modules occasionally operate uncharacteristically in the field, yet operate normally when returned to a controlled laboratory environment? read more »

Utility-scale PV dead in Germany First Solar

Utility-scale PV dead in Germany

Bernard Chabot is back today with updated statistics for the German PV sector up to and including April. Small systems are still numerous, but the big ones continue to generate three quarters of the country's solar power. Yet, on an international scale, what counts is big in Germany is small. read more »

German grid braces for partial solar eclipse in 2015 NASA

Photovoltaics » 06.06.2014

German grid braces for partial solar eclipse in 2015

An interesting experiment will take place in Germany next year, when the country undergoes a partial solar eclipse. Depending on the weather, the country might ramp its solar power production more than ever before. Power firms are already making preparations. read more »

Webinar on the future of feed-in tariffs Tennet

Energy policy » 06.06.2014

Webinar on the future of feed-in tariffs

What is the best energy policy to support renewables going forwards? There is a growing consensus, even within Germany, that feed-in tariffs were a startup mechanism that can now be phased out. On Tuesday, FIT expert Toby Couture Investigates the matter in a free webinar. read more »

Austrian "solar tax" not as bad as feared Photovoltaikzentrum.de/Dachgold

Energy policy » 05.06.2014

Austrian "solar tax" not as bad as feared

Germany is considering it, but Austria has already implemented it – a charge on solar power consumed directly. But a few weeks ago, the Austrian government announced that more arrays than expected will be exempt. read more »