• 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

  • ET Solar gears up for second attempt on Times Square

    ET Solar gears up for second attempt on Times Square

    By Carrie Xiao

    Chinese manufacturer ET Solar has followed a number of its counterparts downstream into PV project development. As its chief executive, Haifeng She, reveals the company is now hoping to use this new focus as a platform for a successful IPO

  • Japan’s new energy plan misses solar open goal

    Japan’s new energy plan misses solar open goal

    By Andy Colthorpe, Reporter, Solar Media

    Japan has become the second largest solar market in the world. Despite this, and strong public opinion in favour of keeping nuclear power plants switched off, the latest changes to the country’s energy plan do little support solar’s roll-out. Andy Colthorpe reports

  • South Korea’s PV reboot

    South Korea’s PV reboot

    By Harsh Nitin Thacker, Research analyst, energy & environment, Frost & Sullivan

    Better known as a PV manufacturing hub, South Korea is less well known as a solar end market. But with fresh momentum from government to increase renewable energy generation in the country, PV’s prospects look promising

  • Domestic content: India’s poisoned chalice

    Domestic content: India’s poisoned chalice

    By Lucy Woods, Reporter, Solar Media

    The domestic content element of India’s national solar mission has been a long-running source of controversy. As the programme enters its second phase, Lucy Woods says it’s a problem that could rear its head once again

  • NARI finds opportunity in adversity

    NARI finds opportunity in adversity

    By Carrie Xiao, Solar Media

    China’s inverter industry has become highly competitive, with more and more companies falling by the wayside. Carrie Xiao speaks to Wang Wei of Chinese inverter manufacturer NARI about how his company is seeking to flourish in this hostile environment

  • Solar’s role in plugging the Pakistan energy gap

    Solar’s role in plugging the Pakistan energy gap

    By Lucy Woods, Reporter, Solar Media

    Pakistan’s new government has identified the country’s energy deficit as one of its most pressing problems. Atta-ur-Rahman, Pakistan’s former technology minister and a leading scientist, tells Lucy Woods that solar will be an important part of the solution

  • The scramble for Japan

    The scramble for Japan

    By Andy Colthorpe, Solar Media

    The story of Japan’s solar industry over the past year is one of explosive growth. But looking behind the headlines, Andy Colthorpe discovers how growing pressure on land and grid access are obstructing progress in the development of large-scale PV in the country

  • Are India’s solar growing pains self-inflicted?

    Are India’s solar growing pains self-inflicted?

    By Raj Prabhu, chief executive, Mercom Capital Group

    Embroiled in trade disputes and wrapped up in complex tendering procedures, India’s national solar policy is struggling to deliver, says Raj Prabhu. As it enters its second phase, there are big question marks over its ability to help India realise its vast solar potential

  • Breaking into Japan

    Breaking into Japan

    By Nilima Choudhury, Editor, Solar Business Focus

    Japan’s solar market is booming, but it’s only relatively recently that foreign companies have been able to gain in a foothold here. Nilima Choudhury talks to companies operating in Japan about the advantages and drawbacks they face in accessing the Japanese market