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  • Beijing pledges further support for solar industry | Business Spectator
    strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Beijing pledges further support for solar industry 6 Jan 12 28 PM Climate Policy Politics Solar energy Ministry pledges to support consolidation in the industry back off grid and battery technologies You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters China pledged further support support for its ailing solar power industry on Saturday as the government seeks to revive a sector struggling with with overcapacity and falling prices The State Council China s cabinet said in July that the country aimed to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a glut in the domestic solar power industry The State Council in a statement published on its website said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was taking measures to promote the healthy development of the photovoltaic industry The ministry it said was implementing the July directive by supporting consolidation in the industry drafting guidelines for mergers and acquisitions and promoting standardisation It said the ministry was encouraging technological innovation especially related to decentralised solar power installations not connected to the power grid It was also supporting research and development efforts for batteries that can store solar electricity The ministry sought to improve standardisation and ensure orderly competition in the industry the statement said The State Council said the solar industry had

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  • Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs | Business Spectator
    silicon cell prices have continued to decline as illustrated in the chart below in spite of rises in poly silicon spot prices refined silicon is converted to thin wafers which are then converted to solar cells which are then combined and enclosed to make the final product of a solar panel module Cell Price Trend from July to December 2013 wysiwyg field wf deltas 0 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1388969659 wf entity id 764231 wf entity type node EnergyTrend reports that market demand and utilization rates remain high for multi crystalline solar cells This week s average price rose 0 26 to US 0 389 watt For modules the average price is still showing a sight downtrend trend with this week s average price being US 0 66 watt a 0 15 drop Print this page Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs 6 Jan 11 54 AM Climate Solar energy Related articles 13 Jan Large scale PV exceeded 26 GW in year 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 09 Jan China s new flirt with mega solar 09 Jan Aust hits 2 million solar 08 Jan The evolution of Australian solar businesses More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post comments Search The Spectators US labour market can withstand the chill Callam Pickering 55 min ago The Fed is unlikely to dwell on the weak result for US non farm payrolls during an unseasonably cold winter The taper will go ahead but there may be some bumps in the labour market recovery Scoreboard Dollar bounce Adam Carr 1 hour

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  • PV rating regime unveiled | Business Spectator
    Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu PV rating regime unveiled 20 Dec 2013 10 11 AM Climate Solar energy Institute sets out volunteer guidelines for solar system monitoring analysis You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The newly formed Australian PV Institute APVI has recently released the Australian Technical Guidelines for Monitoring and Analysing Photovoltaic Systems They are the result of an ARENA funded project on PV system performance and were produced by the University of NSW and Murdoch University They can be found here Monitoring of photovoltaic systems is required for the detection of operational issues and to compare the performance of different systems across a range of technologies and climates Performance and reliability data can therefore facilitate appropriate system design and technology choice and in the long term establish credible expectations about PV system performance The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations for standardised monitoring and analysis of the performance and reliability of flat plate grid connected PV systems in Australia This guideline was developed primarily with reference to the following documents with adaptations for current and emerging needs and Australian conditions IEC Standard 61724 Photovoltaic system performance monitoring Guidelines for measurement data exchange and analysis European Commission 6th Framework Programme Monitoring guidelines for photovoltaic systems The Australian Monitoring Guidelines offer guidance on which parameters should be measured how they should be measured and the frequency of measurement

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  • Asia-Pacific to drive PV demand in 2014 | Business Spectator
    with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Asia Pacific to drive PV demand in 2014 20 Dec 2013 10 07 AM Climate Solar energy Thailand to join China Japan Australia and India as the major PV markets in region You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password NPD Solarbuzz Solar PV demand in 2014 will be dominated by the Asia Pacific APAC region which will account for about 50 per cent of all new solar PV demand next year according to NPD Solarbuzz Almost 95 per cent of new solar PV capacity in the APAC region in 2014 will come from just five countries China Japan India Australia and Thailand APAC countries are forecast to install more than 23 gigawatts of solar PV in 2014 setting a new record for solar PV installed annually within any region This record PV level represents more than the entire global PV industry installed in 2010 and it is even greater than the 19 2 GW installed in Europe in 2011 when Germany and Italy were the leading global solar PV countries Figure 1 Solar PV Demand from the APAC Region Between 2010 and 2014 Source NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific PV Markets Quarterly APAC will dominate both manufacturing supply and end market demand in 2014 with more than 80 per cent of module production also coming from the region according to Steven Han analyst at NPD Solarbuzz This milestone marks the final chapter in the transition from historic European domination to a new PV industry where supply and demand from APAC will determine the basis of the 50 gigawatt global PV industry going into 2015 The record level of solar PV demand from the APAC region during 2014 will represent 35 per cent annual growth compared to 2013 when more than 18 GW of new solar PV is expected to be installed in APAC Demand from the APAC region this year is dominated by China and

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  • Japanese firm takes hit from solar 'surplus' | Business Spectator
    it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Japanese firm takes hit from solar surplus 19 Dec 2013 11 34 AM Climate Solar energy Global PV supply cited for 200m impairment You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters Tokyo Electron on Wednesday cut its outlook for the year to next March to a net loss of 22 billion yen US214 million from its previous forecast for a 23 billion yen net profit after booking an impairment loss on its photovoltaic panel business The Japanese maker of semiconductor production equipment which has agreed to be acquired by Applied Materials kept its full year operating profit revenue and dividend targets unchanged Despite some improvement to photovoltaic pricing there is still a global surplus of supply in relation to production facilities and there has been no recovery in new investment the company said in a statement Tokyo Electron also said it

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  • China's canny solar trade sidestep | Business Spectator
    mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu China s canny solar trade sidestep Ray Lian 19 Dec 2013 11 25 AM Climate Solar energy A Chinese PV manufacturer s takeover of a European module maker could represent a new model for solar market consolidation amid global trade tensions You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password SolarBuzz Last Friday an agreement was reached between the administrators for European based Conergy and the Chinese solar PV manufacturer Astronergy a subsidiary of the Chint Group for Conergy s module factory in Frankfurt It was reported that the factory could serve as a production base for Astronergy for shipments within the European Union and could save more than 200 jobs Preliminary details of the deal were actually released on November 28 but were only finalised after the European Union had released regulation imposing definitive countervailing duties on c Si PV modules and key components from China A price undertaking solution was included in the definitive measures of the European Commission which calls for a minimum or floor pricing and a maximum annual volume or quota of Chinese c Si modules and cells exported to the European Union It is understood that Astronergy is planning to expand its footprint within Europe through this acquisition rather than simply being constrained to the price undertaking and quota levels applicable to Chinese manufactured exports Indeed other leading Chinese module suppliers have also been reviewing similar options These include building factories outside China or the use of tolling through external partners fabs The acquisition by Astronergy represents another example of PV manufacturing consolidation Other recent cases include the deal

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  • Ray Lian | Business Spectator
    Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Ray Lian China s canny solar trade sidestep A Chinese PV manufacturer s takeover of a European module maker could represent a new model for solar market consolidation amid global trade tensions by Ray Lian 11 25am December 19 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators US labour market can withstand the

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  • A solar sweetener to the resale equation | Business Spectator
    made through estimated system cost and income 5900 resale value increase per installed kilowatt Their results are as clear as the sun on a cloudless day LBNL s report estimated that each 1 kilowatt kW increase in rooftop solar system size adds US5911 to a home s resale value Our analysis offers clear support that a premium exists in the marketplace thus PV systems have value and their contribution to home values must be assessed states the report However consumer misperceptions about a rooftop solar array s age diminishing its output and value often hang over solar homes The report found that for each year of a system s age solar premiums decline 9 per cent falling much faster than either system income which decreases 5 per cent annually system cost which increases 5 per cent annually or system output which decreases around 1 per cent annually This means consumers look at solar panels the same way they do most consumer electronics as the item gets older it gets less desirable even if it work just as well as a newer model Interestingly the LBNL findings track with data from PV Value a spreadsheet tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories to determine the value of solar PV systems through system income What about other states or third party systems The LBNL report is great news for homeowners in California but it s not surprising considering the state is the epicentre of the US clean tech market while leading America in distributed solar generation What about the rest of the country or the growing number of homes that install solar through leasing programs or third party companies Not to worry the report s authors plan to cover those questions starting with the next edition of their research Subsequent studies will examine solar home premiums from markets beyond California the change in premium through the housing market crash and recovery sale price differences between customer owned and third party owned solar arrays and the impact system age and retail electricity rates have on solar home premiums Add it all up and America s sizzling solar industry could get even hotter as homeowners look past environmental benefits to see the pure investment opportunities rooftop PV systems generate Silvio Marcacci is principal at Marcacci Communications a full service clean energy and climate focused public relations company based in Washington DC Originally published on CleanTechnica Reproduced with permission Print this page A solar sweetener to the resale equation Silvio Maracci 18 Dec 2013 12 10 PM 1 Climate Solar energy Related articles 13 Jan Large scale PV exceeded 26 GW in year 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 09 Jan China s new flirt with mega solar 09 Jan Aust hits 2 million solar 08 Jan The evolution of Australian solar businesses More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post

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