Solar Future in Belgium

Mar 8th, 2012 | By
Solar Future Belgium Flag

In expectation of the most important conference for the Belgian photovoltaic market The Solar Future: Belgium 2012 which will take place at the end of march in Brussels. Peter J. Segaar analyzed for Solarplaza the last years ( In his overview he pointed out that 2011 Belgium’s PV market beat the previous record year 2009.

German facts and figures based on a Frost & Sullivan report about:

Mar 3rd, 2012 | By

Overall electricity generation in Germany will decrease from 625 terrawatt-hours (TWh) in 2010 to 590 TWh in 2020. This change is attributed to energy efficiency measures and increased imports that will replace the supply lost from nuclear power sources. Despite the fall in overall electricity generation, Frost & Sullivan predicts an increase in installed capacity
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Thousands of US Jobs at Risk. US Solar CEOs Call on President to Negotiate with China Over Solar Trade Issues

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By
Solar Efficency - US President Barak Obama at the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

In a letter sent today to President Barack Obama, CEOs of 45 US solar energy companies strongly urged the President in his meeting with China’s Vice President Xi Jinping “to discuss the mutual benefits of renewable energy development, especially solar photovoltaic technology.” The 45 CEOs represent a cross-section of the US solar industry employing thousands of US workers in 19 states.

Energielücke in Frankreich beweist Deutsches Erfolgsmodell

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By

Für eine zukunftsfähige Energieversorgung in der Europäischen Union bleibt die forcierte Installation von Erneuerbare-Energien-Anlagen ohne Alternative. Das gilt für Deutschland ebenso wie für die übrigen Mitgliedstaaten im Binnenmarkt. Die am Freitag, 10.01.2012, vom CDU-Wirtschaftsrat verkündete Thesen über eine Gefährdung der Netzstabilität stehen im Widerspruch zur Realität im deutsch-französischen Stromhandel.

EU leaders call for growth plan in Europe, open markets and energy efficiency

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By

European leaders have written a letter to Brussels urging the EU’s economic policies to become more growth focused ahead of a March 1 summit. The letter can be found in Internet : We meet in Brussels at a perilous moment for economies across Europe. Growth has stalled. Unemployment is rising. Citizens and businesses are facing their toughest conditions for years. As many of our major competitor economies grow steadily out of the gloom of the recent global crisis, financial market turbulence and the burden of debt renders the path to recovery in Europe much harder to climb.

Die Illusion des grünen Wachstums

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By

F.A.Z.-Artikel über internationale Klimaverhandlungen und deren auswirkungen auf effektifen Klimaschutz.

Don’t allow trade barriers against Chinese solar panels to undermine solar power businesses in the United States

Feb 27th, 2012 | By

In its zeal to promote solar energy in this country, the Obama administration is considering a policy that threatens to be counterproductive to the U.S. solar industry and to overall trade with China. At issue is China’s manufacture of solar cells and solar panels at costs that are well below those of American solar panel manufacturers. The American arm of SolarWorld, a German firm that makes solar cells and panels in Oregon, filed a trade complaint, arguing that Chinese solar companies are unfairly and illegally benefiting from huge subsidies and dumping solar cells in the United States.

Germany needs green energy master plan–study

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

Germany needs a master plan that brings together central and local government policy and provides certainty for investors and project firms if it is to find the $420 billion needed to fund a radical shift towards green power, a study said on Monday. The study by the HypoVereinsbank (HVB), a unit of Italy’s UniCredit, being published on Monday says that Germany needs a master plan that brings together central and local government policy and which provides certainty for investors and project firms if Germany wants to fund $420 billion which are needed to finance a radical shift towards green power.

Bund will Solarförderung um ein Drittel kürzen

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By

Solaranlagen sind der Hit unter Deutschlands Haus- und Hofbesitzern. Die Rechnung dafür bekommt jeder Stromkunde. Die Regierung will schon sehr bald den Boom bremsen. Die Bundesregierung will die Solarförderung nach Angaben aus Regierungs- und Branchenkreisen um bis zu einem Drittel kappen. Große Freiflächenanlagen sollten ab April über 30 Prozent weniger Vergütung für Strom bekommen, sagten
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China reagiert schneller auf den Solarboom als Deutschland und kürzt Solarförderung

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By

China will eine Überforderung der Branche vermeiden und reduziert deshalb die Einspeisevergütung. Das Land kürzt die staatliche Förderung der Sonnenenergie. Die Investoren sollen in diesem Jahr nur noch 7 Yuan (umgerechnet 0,84 Euro) für jedes neu installierte Watt erhalten, teilte das Finanzministerium gestern auf seiner Internetseite mit. Im Vorjahr erhielten sie noch 9 Yuan je Watt für Solarmodule auf Basis von Silizium und 8 Yuan je Watt für Dünnschichtmodule. Dahinter verbergen sich zwei unterschiedliche Fotovoltaiktechniken, deutsche Hersteller wie Solarworld sind meist auf Siliziummodule fokussiert.