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South African solar surge

If Nelson Mandela were alive today, he would be proud of the rapid growth of solar power in his beloved South Africa. It’s been nearly a year since he passed away last December 5, and during that time, several hundred megawatts of photovoltaic projects have moved from the developmental pipeline to actively converting photons into […]

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Saudi solar enters critical phase

Few places in the world have all the critical elements needed to create a profitable solar power market, but Saudi Arabia stands out as one of them. From vast deserts that can accommodate large installations and high solar resources that guarantee maximum energy yields, to adequate financial resources and a well-established construction industry—the Kingdom has […]

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‘The 20GW target can easily be achieved’

Last month, the Indian government decided not to impose antidumping duties on solar cells and modules imported from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United States. The step has been celebrated by many within the industry as a win for solar. To gain a greater understanding of what this means for the future of the Indian […]

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Solar trouble Down Under

In recent weeks there have been various examples of just how much impact politics continues to have on the solar industry. In the U.K., the fallout from the government’s enforced incentive switch from the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme to Contracts for Difference (CFD) and resultant legal battle rumbles on. In India, what would be the […]

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Making the jump from residential to commercial solar

A growing number of residential solar installers are expanding their services to offer commercial solar projects. This additional service helps to diversify and expand the company’s topline revenues and can provide a compelling opportunity in a period of declining system prices. However, these new commercial jobs represent both an opportunity and a challenge. On the […]

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Taking stock of SolarCity

There’s a lot of discussion these days about the future of SolarCity. No one has the privilege of a crystal ball, but many are making predictions. None are saying with any certainty, though, how they think the company will fare in the long run. SolarCity is certainly experiencing a mixed state of affairs. It recently […]

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Planting the solar crop

As solar value proposition analogies go, this one’s a doozy. “I was explaining the concept of solar to a farmer, and I used the following analogy,” explains Mike Schmerl of Harvest Energy Solutions. “It’s a crop that he plants once, never waters, never fertilizes, that produces revenues for 30 years.” The quote comes from the […]

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Riding the U.K. solarcoaster with Solarcentury

LONDON—Few companies have experienced the twists and turns of the U.K. solarcoaster as much as Solarcentury. Established in 1998, at a time when solar was light years from being considered the viable energy resource it is today, Solarcentury has grown to become the largest solar company in what, by the end of the year, will […]

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Time, motion, and solar installation labor efficiency

With Intersolar North America 2014 now behind us, many attendees and industry media reflected that it was a smaller, more focused show. For example, instead of the dozens and dozens of nondifferentiable Chinese module manufacturers of years past, there were fewer, mostly larger recognized companies. The presence of solar thermal product lines was also significantly […]

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Intersolar North America 2014: U.S. solar market outlook

The numbers don’t lie. The growth of the U.S. solar market has been phenomenal over the past few years, with the annual installation rate soaring toward 10GW within the next year or two. But behind the upwardly mobile statistics lies a simple truth: the massive increase in solar penetration has taken place in a handful […]

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