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 »

Overview of Dutch energy market EnTranCe

Overview of Dutch energy market

In 2014, installed solar grew in the Netherlands by around 50 percent, crossing the one-gigawatt threshold. In contrast, wind capacity grew by only six percent. The new statistics were published by the Energy Transition Center. read more »

German PV stats for 2014 Foto: Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien/Gudrun Schützler

Photovoltaics » 04.02.2015

German PV stats for 2014

Just over 107 MW was newly installed in December, bringing the total for the year up to 1.9 gigawatts. This level is criticized within Germany for failing to reach the government’s target of 2.5 gigawatts, but in an international comparison it is still quite impressive. read more »

Draft of PV auction rules leaked Foto: Andreas Hermsdorf  / pixelio.de

Photovoltaics » 19.01.2015

Draft of PV auction rules leaked

On Wednesday, the German government is expected to publish the rules for the upcoming rounds of reverse auctions for photovoltaics. German climate website Klimaretter published its own overview of a recent version of the document over the weekend. read more »

1.5 million solar arrays in Germany Foto: Krannich Solar

Photovoltaics » 12.01.2015

1.5 million solar arrays in Germany

German solar lobby group BSW has published its latest figures on the solar sector in the country, including an estimate of the market segment of battery storage. Panel prices also began to give way at the end of the year, and the global market is set to grow. read more »

Bright market outlook for German PV equipment suppliers Foto: Krannich Solar

Manufacturing » 17.12.2014

Bright market outlook for German PV equipment suppliers

German engineering lobby group VDMA says that sales revenue in the PV production equipment sector grew by more than a third in the first three quarters of 2014 year over year. The Germans still make up more than 50 percent of the global market. read more »

Commercial PV + storage SMA

Commercial PV + storage

German solar inverter manufacturer SMA published an update of its review of “directly consumed” solar power for commercial arrays. Today, we provide a summary in English. Spoiler: if you’re looking for a market overview, it’s not here. read more »

Elegant and efficient: solar architecture Foto: Soltecture

Future market » 16.12.2014

Elegant and efficient: solar architecture

In solar architecture, mass-produced products are no longer attractive but individual designs are gaining momentum in the market. read more »

Hydrogen from a solar reactor Quelle: TU Berlin / A. Hollmann

TU Berlin » 15.12.2014

Hydrogen from a solar reactor

A new reactor at TU Berlin demonstrates how sunlight can be used to help produce hydrogen. read more »