Buckling despite a solar surge

While many solar manufacturers continue to struggle, the key German and US markets are seeing remarkable growth in solar installations and Japan is set to follow suit.

The solar industry threw up conflicting signals last week with reports of progress in some key markets juxtaposed with indications of a further squeeze on a few of the strained manufacturers. Germany – the world’s second-biggest solar market after Italy – provided cheer when its federal regulator revealed that 2.3GW of solar panels had been installed in the first four months of the year. This was more than three times the 712MW installed in the same period last year.


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