The right way to integrate solar + storage on the grid Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

A guest report » 07.05.2015

The right way to integrate solar + storage on the grid

Around the world, the discussion about storing solar power focuses on on-site consumption. But that approach does not do what the grid needs. Today, US utility expert James White presents a proposal to fix that problem. read more »

German PV auctions: told you so Thorben Wengert | pixelio.de

Energy policy » 30.04.2015

German PV auctions: told you so

The winners of Germany’s first-ever auction for renewable energy – in this case, only PV – were announced yesterday. The government is pleased that everything went so well. But the country’s PV sector says its main two concerns were clearly justified. Nonetheless, there’s a third problem few are talking about. read more »

Is standardized solar permitting our next industry breakthrough? All Earth Renewables

Is standardized solar permitting our next industry breakthrough?

Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today. A guest post by Andrew Savage of All Earth Renewables. read more »

Germany’s new solar record: 25 or 27 GW? Foto: Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA

Photovoltaics » 20.04.2015

Germany’s new solar record: 25 or 27 GW?

Last Wednesday, Germany once again drew attention for a record level of solar power production, but the numbers diverge quite widely – by as much as 10 percent. We can’t know yet what the exact number is, but the lower number is probably more accurate. read more »

Global PV market in the 50s IEA

Photovoltaics » 16.04.2015

Global PV market in the 50s

Not the 1950s, but gigawatts – two market research institutes estimate that more than 50, but less than 60, GW of PV will be installed this year as the market enters the solar age. read more »

Eon to become PV service provider for municipals Foto: BUSO Bund Solardach eG

Germany » 14.04.2015

Eon to become PV service provider for municipals

German municipal utilities are to offer their retail and commercial customers PV arrays – from Eon. read more »

New visualizations of solar eclipse Fraunhofer ISE

Photovoltaics » 16.03.2015

New visualizations of solar eclipse

On Friday, Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE produced its own short study on the upcoming eclipse along with two videos investigating the best and worst case next Friday morning. read more »

#SolarEclipse Foto: Franz Metelec/Fotolia

Photovoltaics » 13.03.2015

#SolarEclipse

Next Friday, Germany will experience a nearly 80 percent solar eclipse. In the run-up to the event, you can follow a tweet fest to keep up with events. read more »

PV overview for Germany 2014 Foto: Grüne Energie Bürgersolarpark

Statistics » 22.02.2015

PV overview for Germany 2014

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of German solar stats from last year. read more »

15% return on solar investments in Germany for Saudis? Foto: Trina

Profit margins » 20.02.2015

15% return on solar investments in Germany for Saudis?

An obscure report from Saudi Arabia claimed that a German governmental representative offered Saudi investors a 15 percent return on investments in solar in Germany. German citizens currently get closer to zero percent. But the German governmental official denies he made any such offer during his visit. read more »