SEMI PV Group, VDMA Report On PV Manufacturing Equipment Trends
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SEMI PV Group and VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau), the German engineering federation, have released a new quarterly Worldwide Photovoltaics (PV) Equipment Market Statistics report, a book-to-bill report based on direct inputs from PV equipment manufacturers around the world.According to the report, both bookings and billings have increased in all quarters of 2010. "Sales in Q4 were twice as high as in Q1," says Dr. Eric Maiser, managing director of VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment.
"Newly received orders have been well above sales throughout the year.""With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.13, the industry is still in expansion mode, despite markets becoming more volatile," adds Bettina Weiss, executive director of SEMI PV Group. "Equipment manufacturers are doing very well." Asia is, by far, the biggest contributor to PV equipment sales, with close to an 80% share, the report adds. Detailed information on bookings and billings will be available to program participants.The report is scheduled to be made available for purchase later this year, once six quarters of equipment sales information have been accumulated.
After almost two years of operation, the PV LEGAL consortium says that "real progress" has been made removing legal and administrative barriers to solar PV in a number of the countries involved in this European Union-funded project.Starting in July 2009, the PV LEGAL project has enabled countries, such as Greece and Slovenia, to improve their legal-administrative framework for the development of photovoltaic systems.In Greece, procedures for residential systems were simplified in summer 2010: A one-stop shop was set up, reducing the procedure to a single step, and systems in autonomous islands are now authorized. The procedure to install systems on historical buildings has also been simplified.
In Slovenia, changes in September 2010 meant that PV systems of less than 1 MW no longer require a building permit, which was a major road block for the development of small- to medium-size systems, the consortium says.However, in some cases, such as in Spain or the Czech Republic, procedures have become considerably more onerous, to the extent that it is now sometimes impossible to get a grid connection permit for projects, seriously hindering market development. According to the consortium, in some cases, these barriers have been deliberately introduced recently by the national authorities in order to slow down or even stop PV development.
The latest update from the PV LEGAL is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of administrative barriers hampering the development of PV in Europe. It covers 12 countries, including most of the main photovoltaic markets in Europe: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the U.K.
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