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Supply and Demand in Solar Materials Market

Supply and Demand in Solar Materials Market

An increased focus on quality will drive growth in the materials market that supports solar photovoltaic panel production, according to a report from Lux Research. Oversupply of solar modules is beginning to balance out and the demand is expected to equal supply by 2015, according to the report. That will drive growth in the PV


Ed Dolan Discusses Affordable Energy

We were fortunate enough to speak with the well known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues. In the interview Ed talks about the following: • Why cheap energy is not vital to economic growth • Why high oil prices aren’t necessarily a bad thing • Why the U.S. Oil and gas boom is hurting


Louisiana’s Solar Boom: Just Getting Started

Louisiana’s solar market presents a baffling study of what happens when market forces come face-to-face with ideology, geography and demographics.  Like most of the country, Louisiana has benefited from the more than 40% drop in average PV panel prices last year.  By most accounts, this trend will continue despite the US Commerce Department’s proposed tariffs


Green Skills Needed to Become An Energy Contractor

Since 2005, the nonresidential green construction market has grown from two percent to 41 percent — or $48 billion — of market revenues. And electricians are amongst the highest in demand trades. Here is a look at skills (such as familiarity with LEED certification and energy auditing) that will help electricians ‘green’ their skill set


In Focus: Off-Grid Renewable Energy

At the beginning of August 2012, the world’s biggest power outage hit India leaving 600 million people without electricity. India’s burgeoning electrical grid failed to meet the extreme demands of its growing economy. They simply did not have enough capacity to meet the high demand of electricity in cities. The power outage threw the urban


Germany Finalizes FiT Cuts; China Ready to Step Up

The long awaited decision on the final cuts to Germany solar feed-in tariff (FiT) has arrived. The federal government and states have agreed to cap the FiT when installed solar capacity reaches 52 gigawatts (GW), reports Reuters. And the cuts which were scheduled for April 1 will remain in force. Those cuts reduce payments for solar fed into the grid by 20-30%, depending


Solar Polysilicon Capacity Expansion Slows Significantly

Polysilicon capacity has almost grown by 10x in the last 5-6 years as massive demand growth from solar panels made suppliers add capacity without thinking about future sustainability. OCI and GCL Poly which had no polysilicon capacity till 4-5 years ago added almost a hundred thousands tons of polysilicon capacity to become the top 2


The Great BTU Race

The world’s major central banks — including the Bank of Japan (BOJ), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Federal Reserve — appear to have finally won a major battle in the deflationary war that broke out five years ago in 2007. While the ultimate victor is yet to be determined, it now seems likely


Lots of Solar Could Actually Reduce Electricity Prices

Whether German feed-in tariffs or U.S. tax incentives, opponents of solar rail at its perceived high cost. But a story making rounds this week, “why power generators are terrified of solar,” presents a powerful image that may flip this conventional wisdom on its head. Building lots of solar power can actually reduce electricity prices, to


International World Water Day

In honor of International World Water Dayand with the ever-present backdrop of water as a precious, dwindling resource, I couldn’t help but reflect on the innovative technology which has enabled water managers across the world to gain greater insights on regional water resources and distribution. It is encouraging to hear that today’s technology has resulted