Solar power hits the brakes amid incentive cuts in Asia, Europe

Solar power hits the brakes amid incentive cuts in Asia, Europe

FuelFix / Houston Chronicle --

Global solar power installations are expected to slow by three-fourths this year as governments cut incentives in the U.K., Japan and China.

Demand for solar increased 34 percent last year to 59 gigawatts, according to a report from GTM Research on Friday. This year, the solar industry will install 64 gigawatts, an 8.5 percent increase.

The extension of U.S. tax credits for solar will help offset some of the declines in parts of Europe and Asia, where government policies have slowed demand for new photovoltaic installations, said Mohit Anand, author of the report.

“Global PV demand is very much at the mercy of government support, which can often be unpredictable and idiosyncratic,” Anand said in an interview. Reductions in feed-in tariffs in the U.K., Japan and China have curbed growth


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FuelFix / Houston Chronicle --

Global solar power installations are expected to slow by three-fourths this year as governments cut incentives in the U.K., Japan and China.

Demand for solar increased 34 percent last year to 59 gigawatts, according to a report from GTM Research on Friday. This year, the solar industry will install 64 gigawatts, an 8.5 percent increase.

The extension of U.S. tax credits for solar will help offset some of the declines in parts of Europe and Asia, where government policies have slowed demand for new photovoltaic installations, said Mohit Anand, author of the report.

“Global PV demand is very much at the mercy of government support, which can often be unpredictable and idiosyncratic,” Anand said in an interview. Reductions in feed-in tariffs in the U.K., Japan and China have curbed growth


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