IKEA and the thin film giant Hanergy have partnered in a novel solar rooftop marketing approach, making solar available as a consumer product in the familiar and cheerful setting of IKEA stores in several European countries. Switzerland is now its next partner solar market.
Talk of a “utility death spiral” in Germany, Australia and the US as rooftop solar grows has put a blockade between the two factions. We look at collaboration options that could keep residential solar and utilities united.
Nearly 1 GW of the UK’s 5 GW installed PV capacity was brought online in the first half of 2014. We look at the changing incentives that are expected to drive growth in 2015. We also explore who the major players for project ownership, development, and module supply will be.
Opportunities for new PV projects are still viable in Chile despite word of consolidation in the inhospitable, yet hot spot, terrain in the north of the country. Arellano discusses why and how Latin America’s hottest solar market keeps churning.
Companies mentioned: First Solar, Clean Energy Collective, Takara Leben, Hitachi Zosen, Solar Frontier, TU Delft, EPFL PV Laboratory, Hanergy Holding Group, Global Solar Energy Inc., Miasole Inc., Alta Devices, Q-Cells, and Orbotech LT Solar.