Tripling renewables generation by the end of this decade will require significant gains in emerging and expanding PV markets. Bulgaria is a new entrant to Europe’s solar “gigawatt club” – can solar momentum be sustained in the face of numerous challenges? Further east, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan have all set ambitious goals to boost solar generation, but each nation’s relationship with the European Union could prove pivotal to progress.
With the current fiercely competitive price dynamic, vertical integration is emerging as a vital strategy in surviving oversupply. The February edition includes an expansive feature on how highly integrated, gigawatt-scale solar factory projects are progressing around the globe. A well-established way of doing business in China, could vertically integrating manufacturing plants open doors in Europe, India the United States and elsewhere?
Other topics in this issue:
- The path past 5 TW: Bruce Douglas, the CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance, sets out how decentralized solar will light the way for PV’s leading role in a renewable tripling.
- Polish PV: The end of an electricity price cap, direct-line, and cable-pooling legislation, plus the unlocking of European Union funding all point to rapid PV project growth in 2024.
- Energy sovereignty: We look at how the Inflation Reduction Act and other factors could change the game for tribal communities in the United States.
- Solar booms amid blackouts: Rooftop solar installations have been soaring in South Africa as the nation continues to grapple with a grid that leaves much to be desired.
- PV goes portable: How portable solar generators are finding a more mainstream audience.
- Tracked changes: A look at increasing supply-chain traceability including for recyclable materials.
- A technology black box: The very real challenge of forecasting technology developments in solar has been highlighted by new research.
- Testing upgrade: Inside the upgrade to the pv magazine test facilities, where n-type and large format modules bring new challenges.
- Plugging the skills gap: New training initiatives are looking to equip the cleantech workforce of the future.
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