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CSUN is tier 1 supplier on Bloomberg BNEF Module Maker Tiering System
The tiering system is based upon bankability and defines tier 1 suppliers which have provided products to three different projects financed non-recourse by three different non-development banks in the past two years.

CSUN ranked 9th largest supplier to the German market
The ranking in IHS recent PV Integrated Market Tracker is based upon module shipments to the German market in the period Q1-Q3 2013.  This underlines CSUN’s strategy of staying in the European markets despite the difficult market situation and strengthening and growing its German customer base.

Marketing News

Meet CSUN
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SNEC, Shanghai/China, 20-22 May, booth N1-003

Market News

Japan: Decrease in FIT following solar boom
Following the market boom after the generous FIT scheme in 2011, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has confirmed the reduction of the solar feed-in-tariff by 11% (to JPY 32 per kWh) for systems >10 kW. For smaller PV systems the FT-decrease will be 2.6% (to JPY 37 per kWh). Both new FIT rates will come into effect April 1st 2014.
In the past, the market has also seen many approved projects that did not go into construction or were delayed. Thus, the METI also decided on a deadline of six months after project approval, during which solar developers have secure land and equipment. This rule has yet to go into public consultation and is likely to be introduced next month.
Source: PV Magazine 25.03.2014

Switzerland: Positive new energy law
Switzerland has introduced a new energy law, which shall come into effect April 1st 2014 and offers positive amendments:
Currently, all power generated from PV systems is to be fed into the power grid. PV systems receive a feed-in-tariff (KEV), but self-consumption is not possible. This will change with the new energy law: Self-consumption of the power produced will also be allowed. The definition of self-consumption is rather generous and also includes consumption e.g. by other tenants in the same apartment building.
Another important change is that small PV-systems (<10 kW) will no longer receive the KEV, but a single investment grant (max. 30% of the investment cost of a reference system). PV-systems of 10-30 kW may choose between the investment grant or eligibility to feed-in-tariffs. The single investment grant is expected to relieve the bottleneck of PV-systems awaiting acceptance for the KEV feed-in-tariff scheme. Currently about 10,000 projects are on the waiting list for the feed-in-tariff scheme, which causes long waiting periods.
Source: photovoltaic.eu 10.03.2014

France: Cancellation of local content FIT bonus
In 2013 613 MW of PV were installed across the country – a decrease of 45% compared to 2012. The majority of the added capacity comes from systems >250 kW. At the end of 2013 France had a cumulative PV capacity of 4.67 GW with an additional pipeline of 2.7 GW from projects awaiting authorization – a sign that a good market for PV still exists, despite the slow development in 2013.
An important legal change is also ahead: According to solar association Solaris, the French Energy Council has approved the government’s proposal to cancel the local content bonus as it does not comply with EU regulations. Since early 2013, PV system owners received a 5% or 10% bonus on the FIT if the components in their PV systems were manufactured in the European Economic Area (EEA). With the cancellation of this regulation, CSUN’s modules from Turkey and China would receive the same FIT rate in France as modules manufactured in the EEA.
Despite the cancellation, projects that already applied for the bonus will still be able to receive it.
Source: PV Magazine 4.3.2014, Photon 14.3.2014