• Last Word

    By John Parnell, Deputy head of content, Solar Media

    From Ghana to Kenya, Morocco to South Africa, solar investments and project deployments are beginning to make their mark on the continent. Solar Business Focus spoke to Senegal’s former renewable energy minister, Louis Seck about how best to promote solar and other renewables in Africa.

  • UK solar, a victim of its own success

    UK solar, a victim of its own success

    By Peter Bennett, UK editor, Solar Media

    UK solar's record-breaking 2014 looks certain to make it Europe's number one market this year. But as Peter Bennett reports, this success could prove costly to solar, exposing it to political meddling that may put the brakes on future growth

  • Monitor this

    Monitor this

    By Ben Willis, Head of content, Solar Media

    With investors looking for steady and predictable returns from their PV plant assets, monitoring technology is becoming increasingly important. Ben Willis investigates some of the capabilities offered by evolving monitoring technologies

  • Can solar in Canada measure up outside Ontario?

    Can solar in Canada measure up outside Ontario?

    By James Montgomery, Freelance journalist

    Ontario has so far dominated the PV scene in Canada, despite huge need and potential for the technology in other parts of the country. James Montgomery weighs up solar’s prospects for taking root in Canada’s other provinces

  • PV’s political survival strategies

    PV’s political survival strategies

    By Andy Colthorpe, Reporter, Solar Media

    Whether from violent upheaval or policy reform, solar is particularly vulnerable to changes in the political landscape. Andy Colthorpe explores how developers can protect projects against the worst

  • Carnival time nearing for Brazilian solar

    Carnival time nearing for Brazilian solar

    By Lucy Woods, Reporter, Solar Media

    Solar failed to win any bids in two national renewable energy auctions held in Brazil last year, despite huge interest. But with fresh auctions planned later this year, Lucy Woods asks if the solar party is about get underway for Latin America’s largest untapped solar market

  • How Suntech’s history can save its future

    How Suntech’s history can save its future

    By John Parnell, Deputy head of content, Solar Media

    Suntech is back from the brink. Surprisingly though, experts believe a damaged brand is not its main challenge and a clean bill of financial health may not be its greatest asset. John Parnell reports

  • Mini-grids: lessons learned and considerations for long-term success

    Mini-grids: lessons learned and considerations for long-term success

    By Evan Scandling, Evan Scandling, Southeast Asia regional director, Sunlabob Renewable Energy.

    With a large rural population and increasing demand for electrification, Southeast Asia is leading the way in the development of renewable energy mini-grids. Evan Scandling looks at what makes a successful mini-grid project and some of the future drivers of this burgeoning market

  • Mixing it up: the rise of PV hybrids

    Mixing it up: the rise of PV hybrids

    By Ben Willis, Head of content, Solar Media

    PV has an increasingly vital role to play in breaking Africa’s reliance on costly diesel generation. Ben Willis reports on the solar industry’s efforts to realise the potential of PV-diesel hybrid systems in Africa