Europe’s Minimum Panel Import Price redundant now The European Commission had struck a deal with the Chinese government in 2012-13, to set a fixed minimum import price for solar panels to protect its domestic solar manufacturing industry from the cheap solar panel producers in China. The minimum price was set at 56 eurocents/watt, which was […]

Jostein Kristensen on impact of Brexit on UK Energy Supply The looming EU referendum has caused sweeping uncertainty across the UK, and one sector facing significant disruption from a ‘yes’ vote in June is the energy market. Today the policy of the UK government is to subsidise imported electricity through capacity mechanism. In light of […]

Malaysia and Taiwan to come under the wrath of Europe The Chinese solar manufacturing industry has caused huge pains to the western manufacturers who have been more or less wiped out. Hundreds of European solar manufactures including biggies like Bosch, Siemens have exited the business unable to compete with the Chinese, who have made solar […]

Germany to move to Reverse Auction Germany has been the most successful country in installing solar power with more than 35 GW of cumulative solar power installed. The success came due to the country’s enlightened EEG law, which decreased solar FITs every year without putting hard caps on solar installations. This led to a continuous […]

Italy stops solar subsidies Italy has become one of the first countries to stop solar subsidies almost completely. This came after the country received over 50 billion euros of investment in the last 5 years to set up 17 GW of solar energy capacity. The country saw huge growth in solar energy as its generous […]

The US and European sanctions on Chinese solar panel imports have distorted the global solar supply chain and led to inefficient value chains. China circumvented the first round of US solar duties by procuring solar cells from Taiwan. But as the second round of US sanctions plugged this loophole, new loopholes are being researched. Taiwanese […]