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 »

Photovoltaics » 25.06.2015

Germany’s Phoenix Solar manages storm

At its general assembly this week, the German solar panal manufacturers confirmed its forecast for a positive EBIT. The firm is arguably the last company standing that represents Germany's pioneer PV phase from the 1990s. read more »

Solar-Fabrik closes shop Joergens.mi, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Photovoltaics » 18.06.2015

Solar-Fabrik closes shop

The only major solar panel manufacturer in Freiburg, Germany, has filed for bankruptcy and will be closing operations at the end of the month. With its closure, one of the pioneers in the Energiewende will disappear. Some personal memories. read more »

A review of Intersolar Europe Intersolar

Events » 15.06.2015

A review of Intersolar Europe

Last week, Intersolar was once again held in Munich. Seven years after moving from Freiburg for a lack of space, the tradeshow is only half of its size during Germany’s solar boom. The focus this year was partly on storage. read more »

German PV market continues screech to a halt Foto: Krannich Solar

Solar » 02.06.2015

German PV market continues screech to a halt

In the first third of 2015, Germany installed 416 MW of PV, roughly a third below the level during the same timeframe of 2014, when (for the year as a whole) the market fell to a third of the level of 2012. read more »

Solar panels may last for 30 years Fraunhofer ISE

PV » 01.06.2015

Solar panels may last for 30 years

A new paper published by Fraunhofer ISE says the degradation of PV modules is much lower than expected. And the PDF includes a number of other interesting statements. read more »

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 »