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  • Silvio Maracci | Business Spectator
    US 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 Silvio Maracci A solar sweetener to the resale equation A study of homes in California shows rooftop solar can add thousands to resale values yet consumer misconceptions persist by Silvio Maracci 12 10pm December 18 1 comment 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 chill

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  • Photovoltaic finish: Will the US pip Germany? | Business Spectator
    is predicted to finish 52 per cent up However the third quarter surge was driven largely by a spike in utility projects with residential uptake increasing steadily although a record 186MW was installed and commercial solar tracking downwards graph below Utility projects are expected to drive growth again in the key final quarter with the SEIA expecting the market segment to be the first to add 1GW in a single quarter It remains clear that this will be a banner year for solar in the United States the SEIA said By the end of the year more than 400 000 individual solar projects will be operating across the country wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 2 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1387251372 wf entity id 723121 wf entity type node Source SEIA Looking forward the association says that commercial solar will rebound after a flat 2013 with PV a number of state level programs likely to boost the segment as well as continued expansion in California and Massachusetts The industry says that while the utility sector has a while to run it s reaching its zenith with the rate of newly signed contracts slowing leading to its replacement as the number one US market segment in as early as 2016 an event set to lead to a switch to emerging markets for utility scale US developers The association also says lawmakers have generally been favourable to the solar sector in the US in 2013 citing net metering decisions in states such as California and Arizona as well as solar deployment initiatives led by Minnesota and Georgia wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 1 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1387251372 wf entity id 723121 wf entity type node Source SEIA Print this page Photovoltaic finish Will the US pip Germany John Conroy 17 Dec 2013 11 11 AM 1 Climate Solar energy More from John Conroy 10 Dec Solar PV s high noon numbers 28 Nov Mr Geothermal becomes Mr Solar 26 Nov Flannery on fires foreigners and the way ahead 14 Jun LAST GASP Fare go 12 Jun Capital mine shafting 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 Comments California is the only other Submitted by Rick Willoughby on Tue 2013 12 17 17 33 California is the only other populated place on the planet that matches Australia for receiving solar radiation It is not surprising it is bounding forward with PV installations as Australia

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  • John Conroy | Business Spectator
    done it again enjoying bumper earnings results despite not having it all their own way by John Conroy 5 49pm May 09 TWEET TALK The ayes of May There is late money for a rate cut today after a month of stagnant economic data gave support to the case for the Reserve Bank to move by John Conroy 12 20pm May 07 Service virtualisation still not an option for SMBs Virtualisation technology still not affordable for most small and medium enterprises despite its clear benefits and the quick return on investment by John Conroy 10 35am April 26 Service virtualisation still not an option for SMBs Virtualisation technology still not affordable for most small and medium enterprises despite its clear benefits and the quick return on investment by John Conroy 10 35am April 26 Service virtualisation still not an option for SMBs Virtualisation technology still not affordable for most small and medium enterprises despite its clear benefits and the quick return on investment by John Conroy 10 35am April 26 Breaking into China s IT boom Australian IT firms may be puzzled as to how they can capitalise China s economic boom Truth is doing business in China isn t so much about relationships or reputation as it is about offering value by John Conroy 8 38am April 24 THE LAST GASP Lost gold and bad dragons Gold bugs lose their shine the Chinese dragon hits turbulence and the business lobby gets confused by John Conroy 6 26pm April 19 5 comments THE LAST GASP The world s a stage The Twittersphere jeers the Mal and Tony show Coles and Woolies stand triumphant and Margaret Thatcher takes a final bow by John Conroy 3 11pm April 12 THE LAST GASP Not so super Despite all the bluster super is still complicated for the administratively challenged no one says much about coal seam gas and Barnaby Joyce comes face to face with youth by John Conroy 2 49pm April 05 3 comments TWEET TALK April fooling no one Economists are confident the Reserve Bank will hold rates steady today but there is a bit of disagreement on how far this easing cycle has to go by John Conroy 12 40pm April 02 Beating the market with responsible returns There no longer appears to be a trade off between purchasing stocks for growth and purchasing them to support a good cause In fact responsible investment shares have been shown to outperform by John Conroy 7 56am January 02 2 comments Page 1 Photovoltaic finish Will the US pip Germany After a surge of installations in the third quarter just a few megawatts is set to decide who has bragging rights between the US and its long time solar superior Germany by John Conroy 11 11am December 17 1 comment Solar PV s high noon numbers SunWiz has found that September s Solar Sunday was not an anomaly with midday contributions from PV strong throughout the year by John Conroy 12 10pm December

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  • Concentrating solar PV poised for growth | Business Spectator
    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 Concentrating solar PV poised for growth Joshua Hill 16 Dec 2013 12 45 PM Climate Solar energy Solar market analysts IHS see the global market for concentrated solar photovoltaics entering a phase of explosive growth 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 solar market has been dominated by traditional rooftop and utility scale photovoltaic systems for years now systems reliant solely upon solar panels to be situated in stationary positions to capture the most sunlight possible However according to information company IHS the solar industry may soon see a new technological player develop prominence over the rest of this decade According to IHS the global market for concentrated photovoltaic CPV systems is entering a phase of explosive growth growth that IHS predicts will see installations boom by 750 by the end of 2020 Concentrated PV is a technology which uses optics to focus sunlight onto photovoltaic cells in an effort to increase the intensity and reliability of the sunlight hitting the solar panels This means that fewer panels are required to generate electricity because the same amount of sunlight can be focused into a smaller area reducing the need to build larger farms IHS believe that CPV installations are set to rise to 1 362 MW in 2020 up from their current number of 160 MW These figures are part of a new report released by IHS Concentrated PV CPV Report 2013 The primary cost which has prohibited the widespread development of CVP solar technology is found in the need to employ lenses or mirrors However IHS believe this situation is already changing thanks to advancements in CPV technology What is happening in today

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  • Joshua Hill | Business Spectator
    the US 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 Joshua Hill Concentrating solar PV poised for growth Solar market analysts IHS see the global market for concentrated solar photovoltaics entering a phase of explosive growth by Joshua Hill 12 45pm December 16 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 chill Callam Pickering 57

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  • Solar PV price check – December | Business Spectator
    discount was around 58c W for Melbourne and Tasmania Solar system components The table below contains the brands of components used in each of the cities included in installer pricing details City Panel brands used Inverter brands used Adelaide SA ReneSola Hanover Q Cells Munchen BenQ AU Optronics Sun Earth Canadian BLD ET Solar SolarMax SMA Power One Aurora Fronius Growatt EnaSolar Samil Delta Brisbane QLD ReneSola Perlight Canadian Q Cells ZNshine DaQo EL Solar BenQ AU Optronics REC LG Sun Earth Seraphim SolarMax JFY Eltek SMA Samil Sharp ThinkPower iEnergy Growatt Power One Aurora Canberra ACT ReneSola Q Cells Sun Earth Canadian SolarMax Growatt SMA Fronius Power One Aurora Samil Hobart TAS Q Cells Sun Earth Power One Aurora Fronius Melbourne VIC Trina ReneSola Q Cells Phono Solar BenQ AU Optronics Aleo Hyundai SolarWorld Sun Earth TNS SolarMax Power One Aurora Latronics Samil Diehl AKO Sydney NSW Conergy Canadian Hanover ReneSola Trina Munchen Phono Solar Sun Earth Yingli Jinko Q Cells SMA Power One Aurora Growatt SolarMax Sungrow Fronius KStar Delta Perth WA GY DaQo Hanover Yingli Sun Earth REC SolarWorld JFY Sharp Growatt Fronius JFY GoodWe SMA Fronius Power One Aurora Average monthly solar PV system prices to date Solar Choice has been publishing the Solar PV Price Index monthly since August 2012 wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 3 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386904255 wf entity id 720136 wf entity type node wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 4 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386904255 wf entity id 720136 wf entity type node wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 5 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386904255 wf entity id 720136 wf entity type node wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 6 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386904255 wf entity id 720136 wf entity type node wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 7 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386904255 wf entity id 720136 wf entity type node Solar Choice is a solar PV installation and advice service based in Sydney NSW providing free Solar Quote Comparisons for residential solar customers Australia wide Solar Choice s commercial wing Solar Choice Commercial manages tenders for medium to large scale solar projects for a wide range of clients About this data Tables and charts included in this article were created using data from Solar Choice s installer network database which contains regularly updated pricing and product details from over 125 solar installation companies across Australia Prices do not incorporate meter installation fees or additional costs for difficult installations The discount available to Solar Choice customers is also excluded from the calculations as are prices for

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  • Solar Choice | Business Spectator
    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 Solar Choice Solar PV price check December Overall prices for solar PV systems ticked up last month driven largely by smaller 1 5kW and 2kW installations Elsewhere figures for 10kW systems came online by Solar Choice 2 10pm December 13 Solar PV price check November Installation prices were steady overall but there was some price relief in the capital cities particularly deal driven Perth by Solar Choice 10 45am November 14 Solar PV price check October The end of the solar feed in tariff saw PV system prices drop in Adelaide while for average sized systems prices went up in Brisbane and Melbourne by Solar Choice 8 33am October 14 Solar PV Price Check September In a return to the status quo systems in Melbourne and Tasmania are again on average the most expensive this month given their smaller federal discount entitlement by Solar Choice 9 19am September 10 Solar PV Price Check August A year on from when we started analysing solar prices in Australia and it s clear prices have come down significantly particularly for larger systems by Solar Choice 8 10am August 15 Solar PV Price Check July While solar prices are steady across much of the country Canberra and Melbourne customers have seen falls across the board by Solar Choice 11 33am July 04 Solar PV price check December Overall prices for solar PV systems ticked up last month driven largely by smaller 1 5kW and 2kW installations Elsewhere figures for 10kW systems came online by Solar Choice 2 10pm December 13 Solar PV price check November Installation prices were steady overall but there was some price relief in the capital cities particularly deal driven Perth by Solar Choice 10 45am November 14 Solar PV price check October The end of the solar feed

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  • Solar giant in deal doubt | Business Spectator
    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 Solar giant in deal doubt 12 Dec 2013 1 20 PM Climate Solar energy Suntech restructuring takes new twist with probe into sale of main unit 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 s Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd said its restructuring manager would investigate the planned sale of its main unit to Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd for legal infractions a move sources say could delay the US495 million deal Delays to the sale could in turn complicate the restructuring of Suntech once s the world s biggest solar power manufacturer but which has since been crushed by a glut of solar panels as demand faltered after the global financial crisis After defaulting on a US541 million offshore convertible bond Suntech is now locked in battle with some of the bond holders who want to liquidate the company It was delisted by the New York Stock Exchange last month on concerns about its ability to file earnings reports PricewaterhouseCoopers appointed in November to handle the company s financial restructuring and thwart the efforts of those bondholders will look into whether the internal transfer of Suntech s Japan and Singapore subsidiaries to its main unit the now bankrupt Wuxi Suntech Power Co Ltd had violated any laws The restructuring managers of PWC may take necessary legal steps to remedy any improper actions which have caused loss to Suntech Power Holdings and its creditors a statement by Suntech said The Japan and Singapore subsidiaries were owned by a separate unit of Suntech Power Holdings Power Solar System Co Ltd PSS which is registered in the British Virgin Islands Two sources familiar with the matter said the transfer may have been conducted without any formal approval of PSS PSS had been put into liquidation by PWC on Nov 14 a day before the sale of Wuxi Suntech to Shunfeng was approved by a court in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi Suntech Power said on Wednesday Shunfeng has paid 500 million yuan as deposit on the acquisition of Wuxi Suntech and is due to pay the

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