2 cent solar? Foto: Heidelberger Energiegenossenschaft

PV » 24.05.2016

2 cent solar?

A new analysis by Germany’s Photon Magazine finds that solar might be the cheapest source of electricity already today – not in sunny regions, but in cloudy Germany. read more »

German and UK PV markets slow down Foto: Max/fotolia.de

Solar » 03.04.2016

German and UK PV markets slow down

Germany added a mere 50.4 megawatts of solar in February, but much of that was simply newly registered, not newly built. The UK market, Europe’s biggest last year, also slowed down considerably. read more »

Rooftop solar potential in US greater than peak demand NREL

Statistics » 30.03.2016

Rooftop solar potential in US greater than peak demand

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a study on the technical potential of rooftop PV at an individual building level. To tap even this potential, the country would need to be installing around 44 gigawatts a year – more than the country currently has installed. read more »

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need? Foto: Modernize

Better planning » 29.03.2016

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?

Thanks to the advancements being made in solar technology each year, home solar energy systems are more accessible and affordable than ever. But how many do you need on your roof? read more »

German PV market slows down further Foto: Sunovis

Solar » 02.03.2016

German PV market slows down further

In January, a mere 83 MW of new PV was installed, putting the country on course for less than a gigawatt – even less than the 1.37 GW installed last year. Nonetheless, the country will cross the 40 GW threshold for total installed PV capacity this spring. Large arrays are still being built – even outside auctions. read more »

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 »