Count the Watts

In Manufacturers, Solar Modules by African Energy

In 2012 African Energy set a new record for annual revenues. This doesn’t sound like news – everyone in this industry normally sets a new record every year. But the …

Wake Up!

In Solar Modules by African Energy

I spent the week at Solar Power International, the largest solar conference and exhibition in the Americas.  Probably the fewest number of exhibitors and attendees that I have seen at …

Get What You Pay For

In Solar Modules by African Energy

Just received several containers of Suntech modules and the accompanying flash data.  Flash data are the results of the tests of the modules actual output under a simulated “perfect” sun, …

Solar Modules, Jobs, and Supply Side Economics

In Solar Modules by African Energy

A few weeks ago I read an industry newsletter announcing the demise of Evergreen and Solyndra – two US solar manufacturers, who blamed Chinese solar companies for part of their profitability problems.  …

Scammers Lead the Way

In Inverters, Solar Modules by African Energy

Every week we receive emails from scammers who offer credit cards or cheques in payment for solar equipment that will eventually find its way to Africa.  The signs are easy …