In times of feed-in tariff cuts, there are many prophecies of doom for solar. Companies in different countries around the world have gone bankrupt and have had to shut down their factories. Reason enough for many to believe that the end is near. Not quite. Yes, in 2012 as the industry began consolidating, PV production recorded its first annual drop. But because demand continues to rise this contraction will be short-lived. Global solar developments show that this industry is far from finished but that the journey has only just begun.
At the annual general meeting, the company presented its first sustainability report for 2012. I spoke to Günther Häckl, Chief Representative and Vice President of Public Affairs at SMA, about responsibility, projects and issues close to his heart.
Think Google Maps for solar. This is what the Australian PV Association (APVA) plans to produce. They are investing in an interactive solar mapping web interface and working in collaboration with utilities, policy stakeholders and universities to execute the project. The map will combine 3D solar modelling with layers of data to identify potential PV areas, demonstrate PV generation and track the growth of solar across Australia.
Homeowners, installers, utility providers, city planners and local policy makers can all benefit from the data acquired from solar maps, but can Australia capture the real potential of this tool to develop a sustainable solar marketplace across the country?
It was a proud moment for the Australian PV Industry last month when it was revealed that more than one million homes and businesses throughout Australia now have PV systems installed and registered under the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme.
Lore Klipp offers tips for a 45-minute tour related to ecology in this article. The tour starts in the Garden of the Ottoneum Museum. Our employee is a “Worldly Companion” at dOCUMENTA (13). These trained visitor guides number more than 130 and are mostly from Kassel. They will accompany visitors around dOCUMENTA, sharing their background knowledge and expertise.
Dry red earth. The sun is shining. PV modules are gleaming in the light. The PV plant is operating at full capacity. We’re in Mali. An off-grid system was just recently commissioned here in this western African country. And now it’s supplying electric current to private homes, a school, several workshops, a hotel, and a number of businesses. Building an off-grid energy system like this one requires a reliable inverter that can create and manage a power distribution grid. And ours is called the Sunny Island. It provides a means to supply electricity to under-developed areas or even closer to home in a remote cottage in the German Alps using renewable energy.
Over recent years, it appears that many celebrities are jumping on the eco-bandwagon. As going green becomes more chic, celebrities are embracing solar energy, installing it in their homes (or islands, if you are Johnny Depp … more on that later!) and then shouting about it from their solar panelled rooftops.