Taiwan Solar industry faces turbulence Taiwanese solar cell producers enjoyed a great 2013 and 2014, as USA sanctions on Chinese made solar cells forced many of the top Chinese solar panel producers such as Yingli, Jinko, Renesola and others to source solar cells from Taiwan. Another tailwind was the massive growth in the Japanese solar [...]

Solar chaos in India India wants to increase its solar capacity by 33x times in the next 7 years and is pushing its state owned companies to increase their investments. NTPC which is India’s largest utility is taking the lead and has already announced a number of tenders for contractors to build plants at AP, [...]

State Power plans – fact or fiction The Indian federal government wants to raise the solar RPO to 8%, from 3% when even the 3% is not working. It also wants thermal power plants to keep 10% capacity for solar power, when power utilities are running losses and not setting up any new plant. Bureaucrats [...]

Funding for Solar in India One of the biggest problems in attaining India’s target of 100 GW will be the massive capital required, as solar energy is capital intensive. India is perennially short of capital and funding the $100-150 billion will be a herculean task, even if the other hurdles are removed. India’s banks are [...]

China Solar Panel marketshare increases to 70% China has increased its dominance in the global solar industry, with the marketshare of its domestic solar panel makers now at 70%. Its marketshare of wafers is even greater at 76%, as the Chinese firms dominate all parts of the solar supply chain. The only part where it [...]

RPO to increase to 8% in India India’s government is thinking of increasing its solar renewable purchase obligation target from around 3% to 8%, in order to push energy consumers to increase their consumption of green energy. India has a target of generating 15% of its electricity consumption from wind, solar, biomass and small hydro [...]