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WORLDWIDE: Cheap polysilicon and an oversupply in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is driving down module prices. In some markets, such as South Africa, this could contribute to solar electricity prices falling below those of wind.
NETHERLANDS: The announcement of the Borselle auction results was greeted by the offshore wind industry with a mixture of astonishment, delight, and (from competitors) a little concern. Dong Energy had beaten the €100/MWh levelised cost of energy (LCOE) barrier well ahead of schedule.
CHINA: Chinese companies are showing increasing interest in the wind industry in the "Belt and Road" countries, with more turbines sold to that area and more engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts signed.
GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Enercon could be harder hit than other market players by the German federal government's plans for renewables.
CHINA: The Chinese wind-power market faces a tough year as the industry gets to grips with new government requirements. Though growth slowed in 2011, the market still performed very strongly, with over 15GW of newly installed capacity. Industry officials expect the wind industry to continue to lead the world in growth in 2012 as the government counts on the technology to raise the nation's consumption of renewable energy.