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Prices will continue to fall sharply throughout the crystalline silicon (c-Si) supply chain for at least the next few months, largely because installations are slowing as key regions adjust their incentive schemes, says IMS Research.
The volatile swings seen in the upstream part of the solar PV supply chain, from silicon to cell/module pricing, have been well documented. End-market demand and associated policies supporting it is also a roller coaster, with many key regions currently embroiled in what to do for 2012 and beyond.
In a slump year that still managed 13% growth, the PV industry witnessed a key regional shift in supply that will cause a rethinking of how PV shipments should be analyzed -- thanks to China/Taiwan, where price points for both cells and modules give a distinct advantage, writes Paula Mints from Navigant Consulting.
Two reports out in the past week examine Europe's solar PV market in 2011, indicating slowing growth in the flagship countries and promise in some smaller regions for 2012 and beyond. Note that the data that follows is preliminary; final 2011 numbers won't be known until later in the first quarter, including some likely revisions thanks to a stronger-than-expected fourth quarter in several key regions (more on that below).
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has established Suntech Europe Ltd., a wholly owned corporation, to expand its customer base, service and support offered to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The headquarters for Suntech Europe will be in London with sales offices expected to be opened in key cities in the region in 2007.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week said that its Geothermal Technologies Office has completed seismic data acquisition at two key geothermal sites in northern Nevada.
A Canadian company says it will introduce an alkaline fuel cell unit later this year.
Inspire, a company that purchases renewable energy credits (RECS) and retires them on behalf of its customers, announced it has signed an agreement to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies US LLC. As part of Shell, Inspire intends to rapidly scale its offering of access to sustainable energy to U.S. households. According to its website, Inspire is […]
Italy's largest power company is pooling resources with Sharp and STMicroelectronics to help build the country's largest PV panel plant, what will ultimately be a €320M, 480MW/year triple-junction thin-film operation.
Crashing PV module prices will turn into a boon in 2H11 for module shipments that have suffered on weak demand in key markets, according to analysis from IMS Research.