2012-06-18

TrendForce: PV Spot Prices Rebound, June Outlook Looking Up

In regard to Taiwanese solar companies’ 12’May revenues, according to EnergyTrend, the green energy research division of TrendForce, most companies’ shipments remained steady with utilization rates above 80%. Due to the preliminary ruling on the U.S. a.. more
2012-06-18

Sustainability becomes the “New Normal” for U.S. Utilities

By D.A. Barber On May 16, 2012, just two weeks after the official groundbreaking by MidAmerican SolarandFirst Solar, the first of nearly 9 million thin-film PV panels was installed on the world’s largest solar project currently under construction: The Topaz .. more
2012-06-06

Artificial Photosynthesis to Drive Solar Energy Technology Forward

Dr Dino R Ponnampalam Solar energy technology is based on the principle that energy from the Sun can be absorbed and then converted to generate electricity, a form that is useful to society.  This usable form is one significant part of the transition away from what h.. more
2012-05-30

Solar Energy’s Real U.S. Employment Impact

By D.A. Barber The role that solar energy can play in not just the total energy mix of the U.S. but also job creation has been addressed in a number of recent studies all of which project strong but varied rates of growth. But much of the assumptions were based on past l.. more
2012-05-28

Liquid Solar Cells: a New Phase in Solar Technology Development

Dr Dino R Ponnampalam The world is made up of matter, and matter can be divided into three phases: solid, liquid, and gas.  Our concepts are based on the world around us being one of those three states.  Now imagine if a specific object, with a particular and co.. more
2012-05-24

PV Costs Could Fall 40 percent by 2015

By D.A. Barber A report from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, says that the cost of a typical commercial PV system could fall 40 percent by 2015 and an additional 30 percent by 2020. The report concludes that PV costs are likely to contin.. more
2012-05-22

BIPV Thin Film Market Analysis Report

According to EnergyTrend, the solar research division of TrendForce, rooftop solar system is likely to be widely accepted and used in the residential sector. Manufacturers will make use of thin-film’s characteristics, such as being semi-transparent and producing less .. more
2012-05-16

U.S. Feed-in Tariffs will Increase PV Demand

By D.A. Barber Feed-in tariffs (FIT) have been the preferred policy in many regions of the world to help support investors to rapidly increase installation of renewable energy installations projects and markets. Under most FITs, homeowners, businesses, and private in.. more
2012-05-15

TrendForce: Taiwanese Solar Companies’ April Revenues Stayed Flat, No Spot Price Rebound in Sight

According to EnergyTrend, the green energy research division of TrendForce, the announcement of Italy's solar subsidy cut scheduled to take effect by late July has driven the installed solar capacity to surge, and most Chinese solar companies are packed to capacity in.. more
2012-05-15

Off-Grid Solar on US Tribal Land the Next Boom

By D. A. Barber While most US residents take electricity for granted, tens of thousands of American Indians living on the 56 million acres of tribal “reservations” held in trust by the United States Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.. more

 

SOLAR MARKET STATUS

TrendForce Expects Polysilicon Prices to Remain High in Third Quarter Even Though Supply Might Start to Improve in Mid-September

The latest PV market analysis from EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, finds that the average global spot price of polysilicon has.. more

RESEARCH

China’s Cumulative PV Installations Could Reach 250GW by 2020

China has targeted installing 86.5GW PV capacity during 2017-2020 under the 13th Five-Year National Development Plan, including 54.. more

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