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Italy publishes operating rules for energy communities

Italy's long-awaited operational rules for energy communities are expected to spur development in the segment, which has only experienced limited growth volumes thus far.
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First Solar could have $5 billion impact on U.S. economy by 2026

A study commissioned by First Solar analyzed the company’s actual and forecast U.S. spending in 2023 and 2026 when the company expects to have 14 GW of annual nameplate capacity across Alabama, Louisiana, and Ohio.
Installations

Highfield Solar secures financing for 93 MW of solar in Ireland

Highfield Solar has achieved financial close for a 93 MWp solar plant in Ireland, securing €65 million ($70.6 million) of debt financing. Installation of the project's grid-connection infrastructure has already begun, with construction of the actual so...
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VSun Solar signs polysilicon supply deal with OCI

OCI has agreed to supply polysilicon to Toyo Solar, the cell production subsidiary of VSun Solar, in order to support wafer production.
Markets & Policy

Masdar reaches financial close on 1.8 GW of solar

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. (Masdar) have reached financial close on a 1.8 GW solar project – the sixth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the United Arab Emirates. Masdar was ...
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Australian state awards permit for 1.3 GW pumped hydro station

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has secured a contract to develop two large-scale pumped hydro projects on water reservoirs owned by the New South Wales government.
Installations

UK installers Stratford Energy, Bannister Ventures merge to strenghten services

The two UK companies are joining forces to consolidate and develop opportunities in the residential and commercial energy solutions market.
Installations

Malaysian utility to build 2.5 GW of hybrid hydro-floating solar

Tenaga Nasional Berhad, a Kuala Lumpur-based utility, says it plans to install floating solar farms at its hydropower facilities. It targeting 2.5 GW of capacity to support Malaysia’s National Energy Transition Roadmap.

Press Releases

SOFAR’s PV & ESS Solutions Lead the Charge in Sustainable Practices at Intersolar India 2024

SOFAR draws significant attention by showcasing its industry-leading innovations at Intersolar India, showing its resolution in improving the country’s renewable energy adoption.

JinkoSolar liquid-cooling ESS enables Hangzhou First Applied Material Co., Ltd to upgrade energy storage safety

JinkoSolar has supplied its liquid-cooled C&I energy storage system to Hangzhou First Applied Material Co. , Ltd.

Astronergy World Tour announced to kick off to encourage actions on a sustainable future

Themed ‘Do you speak solar’, Astronergy World Tour 2024 (AWT 2024) was announced to kick off, continuing the trip which aims to promote public awareness about sustainability, highlight solar power strength in the energy transition process and altogether all industry experts and insiders and environmental enthusiasts to explore paths for zero carbon future.

EDF announces acquisition of solar panel and battery installer, Contact Solar

Purchase follows EDF’s acquisition of heat pump installer, CB Heating, last year, paving the way for integrated low-carbon home offers

Opinion & Analysis

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Hope at the end of turbulence

Growing demand for solar products is colliding with the hesitant shipment strategies of manufacturers, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Saharan dust drops irradiance across Europe

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Saharan dust carried by Atlantic winds passed over Europe via the Iberian Peninsula. This caused irradiance drop particularly in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

Solar cell prices hold steady as market weighs feasibility of increasing prices

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

PV and prices, the fast uptake of solar in Brazil

In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) reports that Brazil currently has more than 85% renewable electricity, mainly hydropower, but with rapidly growing shares of solar and wind power. With 2.3 million rooftop PV systems installed so far and more than 90 million consumer units still available to go solar, favourable energy policies and cheap PV are encouraging the fast uptake of solar in the country.

Demystifying upcoming EU Ecodesign and Energy Label rules for solar PV

Ahead of the upcoming introduction of EU Ecodesign and Energy Label policy measures for solar PV products, SolarPower Europe brings some reflections on the topic, adding insights to the ongoing industry discussions.

Unusual winter weather led to record-breaking January in Europe

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that almost all of Europe experienced 10-25% more irradiance than the long term January average. Spain, in particular, experienced significant rainfall and slightly below average irradiance, while parts of Northern Europe enjoyed clear and sunny days for much of the month.

Markets & Policy

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Performance assessment of air-source heat pumps in office buildings

Scientists have analyzed the performances of two air-source heat pumps in two small office buildings in China during the heating season. They identified the instantaneous load of the building as a critical cause of low energy efficiency.

SECI unveils India’s largest solar-battery storage project

Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd (SECI) has installed a battery energy storage system (BESS) with a capacity of 152.325 MWh and a dispatchable capacity of 100 MW AC (155.02 MW peak DC) solar power. The 40 MW/120 MWh BESS is located in Chhattisgarh, India.

US developer secures $1.1 billion for California solar-storage project

Arevon Energy secured the funds for a 374 MW solar project with 150 MW / 600 MWh of co-located energy storage.

Weekend Read: Energy sovereignty

Native American lands boast serious PV potential in the United States but getting projects off the ground hasn‘t always been easy. Different tribes are willing to take power generation into their own hands and the landscape could be shifting, thanks to funding from the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and other programs.

The Hydrogen Stream: Luxury regions invest in marine hydrogen services

SBM Offshore has installed a floating facility in Monaco to produce green hydrogen from renewables, while Axpo and its partners have revealed plans to use hydrogen to power a passenger vessel in Switzerland.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Trina Solar posts strong 2023 earnings

Trina Solar has announced its 2023 earnings results, while Autowell has secured a supply contract from Longi Green Energy.

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Malta extends FITs, rebates for residential solar and batteries

Malta has extended its feed-in tariffs (FITs) and a rebate scheme to support the adoption of residential solar and battery energy storage systems for another year. The authorities will start accepting applicants for the two initiatives again from Feb. 23.

South African province approves 800 MW solar project

The provincial government of Gauteng, South Africa, plans to set up a solar park with a capacity of at least 800 MW. Premier Panyaza Lesufi says 100 MW could be connected to the grid from April.

New research analyzes performance ratios of bifacial PV

A comparison between monofacial and bifacial PV systems in Ghana showed how changes in system parameters can affect the bifacial gains. The researchers found that changing the albedo of a land-based system can increase the bifacial gain from 5.25% to 14.5%.

US residential solar prices falling amid surging interest in storage

The 18th edition of the EnergySage Marketplace Report indicates that the US residential solar segment faces persistent inflation, the California NEM 3.0, and rising loan fees, but prices have fallen and consumer interest in storage is strong.

New bifacial agrivoltaic solar panels from Greece

Brite Solar, a Greek specialty module manufacturer targeting the agrivoltaics greenhouse and PV canopy segments, is building a 150 MW production line. Marketing its modules to farming cooperatives, integrators and installers since the end of 2022, Brite solar has pilot installations in North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In January it announced raising $9.26 million in venture capital.

Somalia seeks consultants to support grid expansion plan, PV minigrids

Somalia is seeking consultants to help it expand its grid network and develop solar minigrids. The work will involve drafting tender documents to repair and expand the electricity network in the city of Bossaso.

Technology

Fully printable flexible perovskite solar cell achieves 17.6% efficiency

Developed by scientists in Canada, the 0.049 cm2 solar cell was built in ambient air fabricationand with a reactant known as phenyltrimethylammonium chloride (PTACl). It achieved an open-circuit voltage of 0.95 V, a short-circuit current density of 23 mA cm−2, and a fill factor of 80%.

Enhancing PV performance with graphite-based thermoelectric generator

Indian scientists have built a PV system coupled with a thermoelectric generator using graphite as a heat dissipator. The graphite-based system achieved a higher output and temperature gradient than a reference system without heat dissipation.

Premier Energies unveils 590 W TOPCon bifacial PV modules

Premier Energies says its n-type TOPCon bifacial glass-backsheet modules are available in power outputs of 555 W to 590 W, with an efficiency rating of up to 22.83%.

Socomec releases new modular energy storage system

Socomec says its new modular energy storage system includes a converter and up to six battery cabinets. At maximum capacity, it can store 1,116 kWh.

Inverted perovskite solar cell with 2D/3D heterojunctions achieves 25.6% efficiency

An international research team claims to have achieved optimal passivation in inverted perovskite solar cells by applying thin layers of low-dimensional perovskite on top of a 3D perovskite film. The resulting cell achieved an open-circuit voltage of 1.19 V, a short-circuit current density of 24.94 mA cm2, and a fill factor of 85.9%.

Researchers develop hemispherical organic solar cells

A Turkish research team has tested a hemispherical shell-shaped organic active layer for photovoltaic applications. The group found the shape maximizes light absorption and angular coverage when compared to flat-structured cells, suggesting the structure would be beneficial for applications requiring flexible light capture such as wearable electronics.

Manufacturing

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Meyer Burger prepares to shut down plant in Germany

Swiss solar panel maker Meyer Burger will seek shareholder approval for a rights issue of as much as CHF 250 million ($284 million) to finance the completion of its US manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Arizona.

Navitas Solar introduces n-type TOPCon bifacial modules

Navitas Solar, an Indian solar panel manufacturer, has developed new n-type TOPCon bifacial modules with power outputs ranging from 560 W to 630 W.

Shoals to invest $80 million to expand US manufacturing

Shoals Technologies Group, an electrical balance-of-systems (EBOS) specialist for the solar industry, says it will move its US manufacturing and distribution center to a new, larger facility.

Vikram Solar displays new 725 W bifacial heterojunction PV modules

Vikram Solar has developed new glass-glass bifacial PV modules based on n-type heterojunction (HJT) G12 half-cut solar cells. The modules are available in power ratings ranging from 700 W to 725 W, with efficiencies between 22.53% and 23.34%, respectively.

Future Solar to ramp up PV module capacity to 1.2 GW

India’s Future Solar is expanding its solar module manufacturing capacity to 1.2 GW, from 500 MW at present.

Kaco presents new silicon carbide inverters for C&I solar

Kaco New Energy’s new silicon carbide inverters feature an efficiency rating of 99.1% and a European efficiency of 98.7%.

Energy Storage

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Australian researchers develop magnesium-ion water battery

Australian scientists claim that the process of manufacturing magnesium-ion water batteries indicates that mass production is feasible, given that materials such as magnesium and zinc are abundant in nature.

Big batteries to create tailwinds for large-scale solar in Australia

The accelerating deployment of large-scale energy storage is one factor behind the tailwinds forming for large-scale solar in Australia. Rystad Energy Senior Analyst David Dixon said that with gigawatts of big batteries under construction, the flexible load will create demand for solar during peak PV production periods.

Swedish virtual power plant software developer secures funding

Swedish virtual power plant software platform developer Fever Energy is expanding into Europe enabled by a $10.81 million round of venture capital.

GoodWe releases 60 kWh battery for commercial, industrial PV systems

GoodWe has developed a 60 kWh battery for commercial and industrial PV systems, featuring a compartment for its ET15-30kW inverter series.

UK researchers identify optimal heat pump design minimizing system transition costs

Researchers led by the Imperial College London have analyzed the effects different kinds of air-to-water heat pumps will have on the UK energy system, based on their coefficient of performance and price. They also identified a point of diminishing returns, after which it is more cost-effective to invest in centralized energy generation and storage.

Rheem presents residential heat pump

The heat pump uses R-410a as a refrigerant and has a size ranging from 2 tons to 5 tons or 7.0 kW to 17.6 kW. It also has a cooling capacity spanning from 6.7 kW to 15.5 kW.

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