LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Solar panels were cheaper than
wind turbines for the first time last year in certain markets,
per unit of capacity, and are rapidly closing a remaining gap in
the full cost of power generation.
Until now, wind power has been the leading low-carbon
alternative to oil, coal and gas, outside large niche markets
such as Germany, which has seen a huge ramp-up in installed
LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) – Rejection by the world’s trade
body last week of preferential support for domestic solar panel
makers in Canadian province Ontario brings helpful but limited
guidance in a growing number of other disputes.
The case involved domestic content requirements, which block
foreign companies from participating in national support
programmes, and which are intended to suckle local
LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – The latest round of company
financial reports suggests that solar module selling prices will
continue to fall, although more slowly than previously.
The impact of proliferating proposed import duties is a
major unknown, however.
Solar panel, or module, prices have fallen sharply in the
past five years, in response to global over-supply coupled with
falling subsidies and the economic crisis in the world’s biggest
LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – U.S. solar module maker and
project developer First Solar illustrates wider
industry efforts to secure new markets in a shift away from the
United States and Europe.
That was before the U.S. and European imposed and planned
import duties against Chinese products, which may hinder
exporters seeking to tap one of the world’s fastest growing
LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – Morocco is set to pay more for its
solar power than far richer countries such as Germany and should
switch tack to cheaper solar technologies that can compete
better with wind, oil and coal.
The higher cost can probably be attributed to its choice of
concentrated solar power (CSP), the competitiveness of which is
being questioned as prices of rival photovoltaic (PV) technology
LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – Policymakers around the world are
turning to the private sector to finance a massive expansion of
electric grids and Britain’s experience in funding offshore wind
projects holds lessons on consumers over-paying as a result of
Countries globally are seeking to expand transmission
capacity, to connect more remote renewable power; link networks
across wider areas to boost stability; and in emerging economies
draw more customers to the grid.
LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Hydropower offers an effective way
to balance grids that increasingly have to cope with variable
renewable energy supply, and this may end the long lull in
hydroelectric projects caused by economic and planning hurdles
in developed countries.
The vast majority of electricity is presently consumed at
the instant of generation, putting a premium on electricity
LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – A U.S. submission to
U.N.-backed negotiations shows how a scaled-down global climate
deal which falls short of a full treaty can be agreed in 2015.
Much will depend on the United States, as the world’s second
biggest carbon emitter whose present administration will be in
place beyond the deadline for agreement on a new deal.
LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – Solar power, fast catching up
with global wind capacity, presents its own problems for grid
operators balancing increasingly variable supply from renewables
with the demand fluctuations they were designed to handle.
The challenges of solar power may be less severe than those
posed by wind turbines because solar supply peaks are much more
predictable, while surges can be briefer.
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – Hydropower remains one of the
most efficient, grid-scale energy storage options, according to
a recent Stanford University article, implying more research and
development required for chemical battery approaches.
Grid-scale energy storage is a potential game-changer in
electricity markets, if it can overcome the present problem
where power is generally consumed at the instant of generation.