Signs of growing PV storage market in Germany Foto: SMA

Photovoltaics » 01.09.2015

Signs of growing PV storage market in Germany

Last week, German solar association BSW announced 35 percent growth in the number of solar battery storage units with KfW funding. The news marks a reversal of the findings from a recent survey, which indicated market stagnation. But the overall market continues to barely creep forwards. read more »

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy Foto: Grüne Energie Bürgersolarpark

Auctions » 24.08.2015

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy

The second round of auctions for photovoltaics apparently produced the lowest bids in history worldwide – so low that they could not be built. Bidders are gaming the system. read more »

Utility-ownership of residential solar – good for utilities ILSR

Solar » 20.08.2015

Utility-ownership of residential solar – good for utilities

A recent investigation by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that utility ownership of homeowner arrays is better for the utility than for the homeowner. read more »

German solar storage market stagnates Foto: SMA

PV » 17.08.2015

German solar storage market stagnates

The SolarContact index finds that public interest in solar storage systems remains high, but the market has not picked up. read more »

33 winners, 103 losers in second German PV auction Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Solar » 14.08.2015

33 winners, 103 losers in second German PV auction

Germany’s Network Agency has announced the winners of the country’s second auction for photovoltaics. A total of 160 MW can now be built out of the 558 MW proposed. read more »

"German market keeps on being weak" Foto: REC Solar Germany GmbH

"German market keeps on being weak"

Industry analysts are expecting a strong pick up of 30% in global solar power demand in 2015, especially in China, Japan and the U.S. REC expects favorable market conditions in the U.S. in 2015 and more conservative progress in Europe. Interview with Luc Graré, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cells and Modules, about their strategy. read more »

Installing PV at a loss Foto: Phoenix Solar

Photovoltaics » 10.08.2015

Installing PV at a loss

A German solar organization says feed-in tariffs currently do not produce a return on investments – and that’s the good news. Building PV as a hobby changes the equation. read more »

Second German PV auctions over Uschi Dreiucker | pixelio.de

Photovoltaics » 07.08.2015

Second German PV auctions over

The winners have not been announced yet, but we do know that there will once again be far more losers than winners. The government nonetheless speaks of a “success.” read more »

PV getting squeezed out in Germany Foto: Krannich Solar

Solar » 21.07.2015

PV getting squeezed out in Germany

According to the latest market data collated by Photon, panel prices are down by only 3.3 percent over the past 12 months. Inverter prices are practically unchanged year over year. Yet, feed-in tariffs continue to drop. read more »

Intersolar and EU PVSec join forces EU PVSEC

Events » 15.07.2015

Intersolar and EU PVSec join forces

Intersolar and EU PVSec will be taking place simultaneously next year in Munich. The goal is to tap synergies. But will it work? read more »