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Southeast Asia offers many promising opportunities for solar investments

Southeast Asia offers many promising opportunities for solar investments

According to GlobalData and Solarbuzz the outlook for solar investments in Southeast Asia looks bright. They predict that the high annual growth rate of installed solar capacity in the region will remain at a high level of 17% until 2025. There are several countries in Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, the Philippines, and other emerging countries that are showing promising growth opportunities for solar investments. Solarbuzz also forecasts the ground-mounted segment to increase its market share in emerging markets as large PV projects are currently planned in the Philippines, Pakistan and other countries.

Reform to Feed-In Tariff for solar plants in Ukraine

Reform to Feed-In Tariff for solar plants in Ukraine

Early in June 2015, Ukrainian parliament adopted a Draft Law that contains various changes to the current feed-in tariff regime for solar plants in Ukraine, No. 2010-d of 19.05.2015. Due to several legislative barriers, such as a problematic local content requirement, the solar sector has stagnated for the last several years. The law amendment tackles many important barriers to pv systems.

Still favorable investment conditions for unlicensed photovoltaic plants in Turkey

Still favorable investment conditions for unlicensed photovoltaic plants in Turkey

The high solar irradiation and the high feed-in tariffs make investments in unlicensed photovoltaic plants in Turkey very attractive. The unlicensed market segment has the advantage that photovoltaic projects under 1 MW can be easily developed and connected to the grid compared to licensed solar projects in the country. Now the prevailing majority of cumulative installed photovoltaic system capacity in Turkey is belonging to unlicensed solar installations.

The investment climate for solar plants in the UK is changing

The investment climate for solar plants in the UK is changing

The investment climate for solar plants in the UK is changing. In the last year, the UK solar market has been subject to radical changes to its support scheme. Since May 2014, the solar sector has known that from April 2016 on the eligibility of large-scale solar PV systems above 5 MW for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) would cease. Then in August of last year, the UK Energy Secretary announced drastic FIT cuts for small- to medium sized photovoltaic systems starting in 2016, too. These drastic changes in regulation for solar plants in the UK will affect future investments significantly.

Iran a promising emerging PV market

Iran a promising emerging PV market

 After one decade of economic isolation and sanctions, Iran is allowed to re-open its economy for worldwide trade and foreign direct investments. Its significant market size provides new interesting opportunities for foreign investors. Especially the solar market seems to be very attractive. Recently, feed-in tariffs for PV-plants have been generously increased to 17 – 30 €-ct /kWh.

Photovoltaic Plants are establishing themselves more and more as a Liquid Asset Class

Photovoltaic Plants are establishing themselves more and more as a Liquid Asset Class

The photovoltaic market is currently facing a paradigm change. While the former tumultuous expansion of solar projects has come to a halt, the secondary market for photovoltaic systems is largely flourishing. The market for trading existing PV-plants is becoming more and more liquid due to an increased market understanding of PV-plant operators and investors. This trend will proceed in 2016.