Tag Archives: 2009

Global Solar PV Market Reaches Record High of 6.43 GW in 2009

Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) installations reached a record high of 6.43 gigawatt (GW) in 2009 — a 6 percent Y/Y growth, according to thelatest Marketbuzz 2010 Report from Solarbuzz, an international solarenergy market research and consulting company, and a division of The NPD Group. In addition, the company reported that the PV industrygenerated $38 billion


Global Investments in Clean Energy Fell Less than Expected in 2009

The economic downturn caused a decrease in clean energy investmentsduring 2009, according to several studies. However, booming investmentsin Asia, particularly in China’s wind power, meant that globalinvestments in clean energy remained stronger than expected. New worldwide clean energy investment totaled US$145 billion in2009, down 6.5% from the record 2008 annual figure of US$155 billion,according to

Japanese Solar Installations Explode in 2009

After the federal government increased domestic incentives forinstalling solar power, solar panel sales (by capacity) rose to arecord high in Japan last year. According to data accumulated by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association(JPEA), 1.39-gigawatts worth of solar panels were sold in 2009.  Thistotal not only represents a 21% increase from 2008 installations, butalso the largest


Leading States for Wind Power in 2009

Thedomestic wind-power industry in the United States shattered allprevious records by adding nearly 10,000 megawatts of generatingcapacity last year, according to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Association. Wind power is now competing closely with natural gas as the leadingsource of new electricity generation for the country. Collectively,wind and natural gas accounted for

2009 PV Module Market – Installations and Shipments Up, Revenues Down

Contrary to many announcements byanalysts so far, IMS Research estimates that in 2009, the PV market –in terms of both new installations and shipments of PV modules andinverters — grew substantially. The latest results from our recently published report ‘The World Marketfor PV Cells and Modules’ reveal that PV module shipments grewconsiderably once again in


Global Polysilicon Market Report: 2009 Edition

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Polysilicon Market Report: 2009 Edition" report to its offering. Polysilicon,being the base for Semiconductor and Photovoltaic (PV) industry, has amajor influence on its end markets. With the robust growth in its endmarkets i.e. solar and semiconductor, more in solar industry, the worldmarket for polysilicon has


“Top 5 European Solar PV Markets to Look For in 2009-2010″ Report Released

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Top 5 EuropeanSolar PV Markets to Look For in 2009-2010" report to its offering. Inrecent years, Europe has maintained its positions as the global leaderin solar PV power generation, with more than two-third of world’s solarphotovoltaic installed capacity. Germany, which is one of the largestmarket for

THE GREEN MARKET’s Top 25 Environmental Stories of 2009

1. America’s Lack of Action on Climate Change: The USSenate is not convinced about the urgency of climate change and anincreasing number of Americans disbelieve that climate change exists. Obama Needs the Senate to Succeed on Climate ChangeWhy We Did Not Get A Binding Agreement At COP15Boxer-Kerry Climate Change BillAction on Climate ChangeThe US is

Top 5 Renewable Energy Ideas of 2009

An auspicious year for renewable energy, 2009 will forever be markedby serious, fundamental changes in the world of politics, economics,science, and social consciousness. Not all of it good, mind you, butfor the most part there has been plenty to be excited about.  In the realm of groundbreaking ideas, the industry has seen someinteresting advancements. Here

SunPower Shares End 2009 In Holding Pattern (SPWRA)

The stock for SunPower Corporation (SWPRa) has remained in a holdingpattern, directly under resistance from the 50-day moving average(DMA), in the two weeks since SPWRa provided an empty update on its on-going audit committee investigation. I took this opportunity to dump my current position at break-even. I feel fortunate to do so after getting blindsided

Top Ten Chinese Energy News of 2009

The National Energy Bureau, which falls under the might NDRC, released its listof top ten developments in China’s energy industry for 2009.  Here’sthe list which I translated, some of which I’ve blogged before (andhyperlinked), and some of which I will discuss in future posts: 1.  China sets 2020 targets to raise non-fossil fuel’s share of

Cleantech Investment Reaches $5 Billion in 2009

Greentech Media Inc., the industry-leading online media companycovering green technology news and analysis, released year-end venturecapital figures showing that VC investment in green technologiestotaled $4.85 billion in 356 deals in 2009. Although the dollar totalis down from 2008’s $7.6 billion, the number of deals exceeded lastyear’s total as entrepreneurs and venture firms look to the