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Ontario FIT Program Review Commences

Ontario FIT Program Review Commences

Pricing and Rules are Up in the Air Yesterday, the OPA announced that the official review of Ontario’s FIT and microFIT programs is finally underway. The results of the review may have broad-reaching implications for the solar PV, wind, biomass, micro hydro industries and the overall Cleantech sector. As part of the review process, the OPA has scheduled a teleconference for tomorrow morning, 2 November 2011, at 10 am EDT. The...

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Another PV Solar Polysilicon Crisis Looming?

Another PV Solar Polysilicon Crisis Looming?

Solar Industry on a Roller Coaster Polysilicon spot prices have dipped below $40 per kg. Yesterday, summarizing insights gained from last week’s Solar Power International (SPI) conference, Mercom Capital Group forecast a “Poly Price Collapse”. Crisis? Or not? While poly production may not yet be in crisis, red ink in downstream PV module production has become a critical industry issue. Last week, Mehdi Hosseini of Susquehanna...

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When Solar PV is Less Expensive than Cheap Hydro

When Solar PV is Less Expensive than Cheap Hydro

Hydropower – can there be too much of a good thing? As discussed at the recent CanSIA Solar West Conference, when hydropower is compared to PV power on a value basis, the results are surprising. PV today can be more economical than hydropower. Hydropower is considered to be the most economic way to generate electricity today, and provides almost one-fifth of the world’s electricity. Solar PV, on the other hand, is widely...

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Will the Solar PV Industry Ever Consolidate?

Will the Solar PV Industry Ever Consolidate?

2010 PV Industry Cell Production - declining share in growing market For years now, analysts have looked at the solar PV industry with its red-hot growth, and predicted near-term shakeout and consolidation. The continued rapid growth rate within the PV industry is a textbook example of how high industry growth rates can dominate competitive influences. At its breakneck pace, even the largest PV cell manufacturers have struggled to keep...

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Ontario Conservatives Come Out of Hiding on Solar and Wind

Ontario Conservatives Come Out of Hiding on Solar and Wind

Ontario Legislative Building - the Pink Palace is seeing red Just a few weeks ago, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party was a no show at the Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum. The Party provided a written statement instead of joining their political counterparts at the large gathering of industry executives. This Tuesday, however, the party leader spoke up and it is not good news. According to the Globe and Mail, “Ontario Progressive...

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