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Has the DOE loan guarantee program really been successful?

If you’re like me, you’ve read many of the recent posts from Jonathan Silver, the former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan program, proclaiming the program’s success. If you can get past the claims where skeptics were simply “proven wrong,” he paints a picture wherein the loan program is performing exactly as planned […]

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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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Grupotec’s path to U.K. prominence…and beyond

LONDON–The rise of Grupotec Renewables’ bourgeoning U.K. solar business is indicative of the growth seen in solar deployment across the country in recent years. On entering the market in 2011, the company set ambitious targets of installing 100MW of PV in a three-year timeframe. Two years later, the company boasted a successful portfolio of more […]

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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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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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Bottling the sun, YouTube style

Halfway between Reno and Las Vegas near the old mining town of Tonopah, one of the most advanced solar plants on the planet is poised to provide enough sun-juice to power more than 75,000 homes. The Crescent Dunes project is visually stunning, with a field of more than 10,000 heliostat mirrors reflecting the sun’s rays […]

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Intersolar North America 2014: A better tracker mousetrap

With more than a quarter-century in the solar biz, Dan Shugar doesn’t have to count his years of photovoltaic experience in dog years. But the ol’ dog does have a few new tricks up his sleeve. After a run as CEO of low-concentrator PV firm Solaria, the one-time president of pioneering solar integrator Powerlight now […]

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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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