Volkswagen Makes Electric Car Push in China

According to Volkswagen CEO Prof. Dr. Winterkorn, the company will be “launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history.” The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand’s electric up! and e-Golfmodels. While the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is already in the showrooms in China, the Group will be launching two further plug-in […] Read more

IKEA Builds Largest Solar Roof in South Florida

Last week, IKEA, a Swedish company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, announced its plans to install solar panels on the roof of its new Miami-Dade-area store under construction in Sweetwater, FL. Pending permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in several months, with opening in summer 2014. The array will be the […] Read more

Lower Solar Costs = Scale Production

When it comes to lowering the costs of photovoltaics production scale is the key driver, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That, not lower labor costs or government subsidies, is the key driver behind the lower-cost photovoltaics coming from China, the study […] Read more

China Whines Over EU Tariffs

On June 4, the European Union decided to impose provisional anti-dumping tariffs of nearly 50 percent of Chinese photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. But there’s a silver lining for Chinese PV manufacturers: they have until August to curb their anti-competitive practices, before the full impact of the tariffs take effect. In response, China is now investigating […] Read more

Solar and Moore’s Law

Late last summer, I was walking the neighbourhood near where a rooftop residential solar PV system was about to be installed. People tend to be more interested and less sceptical about solar when their neighbors are getting into it, so it’s good policy to pound the pavement in the hopes of drumming up some business. […] Read more

WOW! 42 Cents/Watt Solar by 2015

The cost of producing a conventional crystalline silicon (c-si) solar panel continues to drop. Between 2009 and 2012, leading “best-in-class” Chinese c-Si solar manufacturers reduced module costs by more than 50 percent. And in the next three years, those players — companies like Jinko, Yingli, Trina and Renesola — are on a path to lower […] Read more

U.S Lays Heavy Tariffs on Chinese Solar Cells

The Department of Commerce is standing behind its preliminary decision to impose massive import tariffs on Chinese-made solar technology, despite the threat of potential retaliation from China. The penalties for Chinese-made solar cells range from 18%-250%, with the duties levied on Trina Solar Ltd. (18.32%) reduced and the ones on Suntech Power Holdings Co. raised […] Read more

China/EU Battle Carbon Emissions

One of the world’s largest economic powerhouses has reportedly struck a deal with the European Union to cut greenhouses gases. According to Reuters, the European Commission has announced that China will partner with the EU to develop initiatives like Chinese emissions trading schemes. China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The EU and […] Read more

The Future of Chinese Solar Companies

The whole solar panel industry has been in a tailspin as the massive solar glut takes toll of the whole industry. The industry downturn which started in 2011 has not stopped as solar panel prices have crashed to new all time lows with European demand pull in ending and inventories building up. While many of […] Read more

Beijing Emerges As Early Capitol Of Chinese Electric Vehicle Adoption

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has chosen Beijing to serve as the pilot city for an ambitious program designed to someday make the country the world’s leader in electric vehicle adoption and manufacturing. Next year, Beijing’s municipal government will offer subsidies of¥3000 per kilowatt-hour of battery capacity on electric vehicles soldwithin the city. The […] Read more

Chinese Student Creates Solar Powered Egg House

In an effort to reduce his living expenditure in a city likeBeijing, Daihai Fei, a 24-year-old Chinese student, has started livingin a house that he crafted on a bamboo frame covered with variousinsulating materials topped with a layer of stitched bag. The bags arefilled with sawdust and grass seeds, which the creator waters to enhance […] Read more

Chinese PV Market Just Getting Started

CCID Consulting Co. Ltd has released a report on China’s PV industry. Global PV market sustains a high growth momentumFor the year 2009, the newly-added installed photovoltaic power capacityneared a total of 5,800MW around the world and the global marketcontinued its high-speed growth at a rate of 46.6 percent. Due to a tight supply of […] Read more

Chinese Renewables Soar, U.S. Market Still Asleep at the Wheel

China, with a fast-prospering population of 1.3 billion and one ofthe world’s most active industrial machines, is increasingly turning toclean energy to meet its ever-expanding power needs—its energyconsumption has doubled since 2000. And China is winning the competitive battle with the U.S. Even as American lawmakers drag their feet with legislation and the domestic wind […] Read more