Wolfgang Palz, Editor of the Pan San Series on Renewable Energy; Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup; Dr Allan Hoffman, a former senior analyst at the US Department of Energy; Paula Mints, founder & Chief Market Research Analyst of SPV Market Research; Bill Rever, co founder Advanced Silicon Group; John Wohlgemuth, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Frank Wouters, former Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency ↩
Though many believe the lifetime of a solar panel is twenty-five years, a number of older models have exceeded this. When Kyocera tested a 30-year-old module, last year, they discovered it was still operating at 90.4% of capacity. There are 37-year-old Arco Solar (now SolarWorld USA) panels in operation. So How long do solar panels Last?
The US Department of Commerce’s Anti-Dumping Hearing
By Roy L Hales
The testimonies coming out of the anti-dumping hearings are horrendous, but what does the solar Industry think? Peter Varadi, who founded the first solar company back in 1974, questions why the US would provoke a trade war with China on the basis of a petition from maybe a half dozen companies. The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees.
Last November, Peter Varadi wrote an article that points to a possible resolution of the utility/solar conflict. Feed-in-tarrif (FIT) was disruptive in Germany, but – instead of fighting it – RWE, E.ON, EnBW and Vattenfall have all “turned green” by founding solar companies. The future of large German utilities is also here.
Germany’s renewable sector (RE) is flexing its muscles. Solar production was up 28% and wind 19% during the first half of 2014. As a result, the renewable sector accounted for 31% of the nation’s electricity. If this trend continues, this may be the third year in a row that Germany sets a record for energy exports. The increase in renewables has also been accompanied by a decrease in fossil fuel usage. Gas-fired power plant production is down 25%, compared to last year. Hard coal production fell 11%. Only Lignite power usage rose. So what does the expanding sector mean to Germany’s utilities?