Utility plans for increased rooftop solar Foto: Q-Cells

USA » 20.09.2016

Utility plans for increased rooftop solar

Berkeley Lab-led report informs utility planning through a comparative analysis of roughly 30 recent utility integrated resource plans or other generation planning studies, transmission planning studies, and distribution system plans. read more »

New Report Reveals Market and System Characteristics that Drive Low-Priced PV Systems to Even Lower Price Levels Foto: Damm/pixelio.de

Report » 13.09.2016

New Report Reveals Market and System Characteristics that Drive Low-Priced PV Systems to Even Lower Price Levels

A key goal for the solar industry, policymakers, and other decision makers-as exemplified by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative-is to foster continued declines in solar costs. And yet, despite impressive recent cost reductions, there remains a considerable range of installed prices for small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. read more »

New Report Reveals Market and System Characteristics that Drive Low-Priced PV Systems to Even Lower Price Levels Foto: Damm/pixelio.de

Report » 12.09.2016

New Report Reveals Market and System Characteristics that Drive Low-Priced PV Systems to Even Lower Price Levels

A key goal for the solar industry, policymakers, and other decision makers-as exemplified by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative-is to foster continued declines in solar costs. And yet, despite impressive recent cost reductions, there remains a considerable range of installed prices for small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. read more »

Tamil Nadu takes top slot for solar capacity in India Foto: Greenpeace / Peter Caton

PV » 07.09.2016

Tamil Nadu takes top slot for solar capacity in India

India’s total installed solar capacity has grown by over 80% in the last 12 months to reach 8.1 GW. read more »

Two new Berkeley Lab studies find record low prices across all sectors LBL

Solar » 25.08.2016

Two new Berkeley Lab studies find record low prices across all sectors

Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring "state of the market" reports released today by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). read more »

German solar auctions: low prices, little built Thorben Wengert/pixelio.de

Policy » 10.08.2016

German solar auctions: low prices, little built

At the beginning of the month, Germany’s Network Agency announced record-low prices in the least round of bids. But only a quarter of what was auctioned off in April 2015 has gone up at all. read more »

PV crosses two symbolic milestones in UK and Germany Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Solar » 01.07.2016

PV crosses two symbolic milestones in UK and Germany

Solar has trickled across the 40 GW threshold in Germany, while the UK now has 10 GW, according to data just published in each country. But both markets are slowing down. read more »

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 »