China’s industrial strategy of dominating new industries through massive state support in the form of billions of dollars in loans and subsidies has ensured that it has become the dominating global force in these industries. The country through its state apparatus ensures that multiple companies fight it out viciously amongst each other leading to lower […]

The polysilicon industry saw huge profits in the early days of the solar industry with a few players and limited supply. The price of polysilicon on the spot market reached as high as $400/kg, while the prices in the contract market were only $60-80/kg. In those days, solar cell and module manufacturers which had long […]

The USA China trade war has ratcheted up in the last 18 months with USA imposing more and more duties on Chinese imports which has itself been retaliating in a small measure with duties on imports of USA agricultural and energy products. The solar industry has been affected by the trade war much before it […]

The world has become somewhat immune to the repeated news chatter of a new record low in solar prices. Given last year, almost every month used to bring another record in solar auctions conducted around the world (Mexico, Saudi Arabia, USA, etc.), solar auction prices had become run of the mill with no one paying […]

Plans to export solar power to other countries is not a new concept and the most famous example was Desertec where a plan was to build massive solar farms in the Sahara to supply power through undersea cables to Europe. This plan which saw a lot of traction and planning in the early 2010s never […]

Economics make Solar the Obvious Choice The global solar industry continues to grow as economics have made solar energy the cheapest source of energy in large areas of the world. Even without subsidies and government support, solar energy capacity is being set up as costs continue to go down each year making its economic case more and […]