Solar PV in Latin America

With the slowdown in growth and contraction in European PV markets in 2012 and 2013, many in the solar industry have been wondering where the next big market will develop, and many have been considering the potential of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and particularly South America. It is easy to see why. The region […] Read more

Solar: 100GW by 2018

In 2018 the annual deployment of photovoltaics is anticipated to grow to 100 gigawatts a year. That’s according to NPD Solarbuzz’ latest Marketbuzz report, which said that by then PV will be a $50 billion worldwide market. The report anticipates that the solar PV industry will grow to 3 percent of the world’s energy supply in 2018, assuming that […] Read more

U.S. Solar Market Grows 41% in 2013

Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar market had a record-shattering year in 2013. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts (MW). In addition, 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) came […] Read more

In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated questions—but important ones for both installers […] Read more

In Focus: Solar PV in China

In 2013 approximately 1/3 of the global solar PV installations were realized in China. The nation installed between 13-14 GW (2012: 5.04 GW), i.e. more than any other country in a single year ever before. Solar Server’s partner Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA), notes several reasons why the official national target […] Read more

Utilities Killed Arizona’s Solar Industry

Arizona was one among just a couple of states in the country that lost solar jobs in 2013, according to the recent Solar Jobs Census released by the Solar Foundation. Solar advocates say the more than 1,200 solar jobs lost in the state last year could have been the result of a threatening battle with utility Arizona […] Read more

Energy Storage Technology Testing Ground in Hawaii

Hawaii wants to be a test bed for new energy storage technologies and is inviting companies to pilot their pre-commercial technologies at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona. Managed by the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), this strategic partnership between the State and County of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, will “drive innovation and economic […] Read more

From Seaweed to Solar

After years of using platinum, scientists suggest they could one day use extracts from marine plants to replace it in solar cells. According to the website of the Royal Society of Chemistry, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are quickly becoming a widespread and affordable alternative to photovoltaic solar cells. With this change of direction, it is […] Read more

FreeGreenius: An App for Finding Renewable Energy Locations

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has released a free version of the simulation program FreeGreenius. The program brings together technical and commercial aspects and is able to calculate the yield that a renewable power plant project will bring at a certain location. In addition, FreeGreenius determines how a system must be […] Read more

Top 5 Famous Solar Sites

Some of the most recognizable locations in the world are now becoming world famous solar sites. Solar has yet to go mainstream, but it serves as an icon of progress and technological advancement. Iconic structures and locations – new and old – across the globe are going solar and are reinforcing solar’s iconic nature. The […] Read more

Surface Area Needed to Solar Power the World

How much surface area would be needed to power the whole world with solar panels? 496,805 Square kilometers or 191,817.483 square miles Just to give you an idea of what this would actually look like, take a look at the image below. This info-graphic shows the cumulative surface area required to power the entire planet with […] Read more

In Focus: Solar Powered Factories

You probably have read or heard how industrialization has damaged our environment. The factories around the world are responsible for churning out daily staples and necessary products without which we cannot imagine life. Industrialization may have contributed to the rising rates of environment pollution but it has also helped in the progress of the human […] Read more

Why Plastic Solar Cells Work So Well

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have found out that fiber-like structures (arrangements of molecules) are responsible for making some materials more efficient at converting the sun’s light into electricity than others. A new discovery by Professor Ifor Samuel and Dr Gordon Hedley of the School of Physics and Astronomy could improve how coatings on windows, […] Read more

Solar Blogging Your Way To Abu Dhabi (this January)

Hey SolarFeeds Reader! We’ve featured articles about Masdar in the past and are once again excited to help promote Masdar’s 2014 blogging contest. It only requires a short 500-600 word entry on how cities will play a critical role in driving sustainability, and who knows, your brief submission could help shape sustainable development in major […] Read more