Solar News

Solar Trade War: Solar Developers and Panel Makers Clash Over Tariff Request

Dozens of solar industry executives, government officials and foreign diplomats gathered here on Tuesday to urge federal trade commissioners to reject a petition from two troubled domestic solar equipment manufacturers to impose steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees on similar imports. At risk, they argued, is the future of the solar industry itself. “They seek […]

Solar in India: With no auctions in sight, solar power price may fall below all-timelowof ₹2.44 a unit

The dearth of new solar auctions could drive the prices of solar power further down, below the all-time low of ₹2.44, with developers backed by private equity funds trying hard to build their assets, even if it means sacrificing returns. Bidding at IRRs “Many developers have built their companies anticipating huge auctions to reach the […]

US Solar Industry Hits Out At “Preposterous” Claims By Suniva & SolarWorld In Section 201 Trade Case

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

Intersolar North America: Mounting to the Top – Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc.

During Intersolar North America 2017, held recently in San Francisco, California, we spoke to Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc. Matthias updated us on the global strategy of the company and their new tracking systems, while Holger focused on the company activities in the United States & the current […]

Solar in MENA: Bahrain inks deal to develop solar power policies

Bahrain hires technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it eyes renewable energy drive. Bahrain has appointed technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it embarks on developing its solar power policies. Dr. Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza, the country’s Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, said CESI has been hired to support Bahrain’s sustainable energy unit […]

Tackling solar PV recycling in the United States & worldwide – Jan Clyncke at PV CYCLE & Alex Levran at SUMEC

During Intersolar North America 2017, held recently in San Francisco, California, we spoke to Jan Clyncke, Managing Director at PV CYCLE & Alex Levran, CEO & President of SUMEC North America about anticipating tackling of solar PV recycling in the United States & worldwide.  PV CYCLE is a non-profit, member-based organization that offers collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services […]

Intersolar is ready to assist the world’s transition towards solar & clean technologies worldwide – Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International

Today we present our exclusive talk to Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director at Solar Promotion International, who manages all Intersolar events worldwide besides Intersolar Europe in Munich. Florian and the whole Intersolar management & team fully understand the world’s transition towards solar & cleantech economy and they are ready to assist the industry and other stakeholders […]

Solar in LATAM: Brazil’s installed solar capacity seen jumping 325% by end-2017

The Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar) projects that the country will end 2017 with 1 GW of installed solar PV power generating capacity, a 325% surge from the current 235 MW. The overvall solar investments through the end of the year are estimated at up to BRL 4.5 billion (USD 1.3bn/EUR 1.2bn). At the moment, Brazil’s solar capacity is enough […]

Solar Trade War News: DG Trade Proposes New Price Control Mechanism for Solar Panels in the European Union

Brussels, 20 July 2017 – Late yesterday evening, the European Commission set out a proposal for a new mechanism for controlling the price of solar panels and cells imported to the European Union from China. The products’ prices had previously been governed by a minimum import price (MIP) system that the European Commission acknowledges had […]

24 GW in H1 2017 – China “The Solar Nation” Is Adding Solar Power at a Record Pace

Distributed solar accounts for almost a third of installations Idled solar capacity falls 5 percentage points in period China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production […]

Solar in Israel: Sun is shining, Money is in the bank, NOW we need to perform! Eitan Parnass, CEO at REAI

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Eitan Parnass about the current status & perspectives for the solar business in Israel,  Eitan Parnass is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Green Energy Association of Israel (REAI), the main renewables lobbying group in Israel. Established in 2009, REAI promotes […]

Update on Solar Business in Latin America by Arturo Herrero, Founder & CEO of AlterPower, Former Executive at JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and BP Solar

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Arturo Herrero, Founder & CEO of AlterPower AG, one of Solar Pioneers & solar business practitioner with over 16 years of solar experience on Top Executive Positions at JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and BP Solar, who is now driving not only solar but also cleantech revolution. Arturo, […]

Former SunEdison employees raise funds for new solar venture

Former employees of the bankrupt SunEdison have raised funding for a new development company focused on solar projects. Summit Ridge Energy is led by CEO Steve Raeder, who previously managed SunEdison’s East Coast commercial and industrial solar business. The principals at Summit Ridge, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, also include Christian Redmond and Jarryd Commerford, both of whom previously […]