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South Korea offers support for agrivoltaics

The South Korean government has announced a new package of measures to support agrivoltaic projects. It says that the agrivoltaics business should be a priority for agricultural companies.

Globeleq acquires stake in 25 MW Egyptian solar plant

London-based Globeleq has acquired a 48.3% stake in the 25 MW Winnergy solar plant in Egypt’s Benban Solar complex. It will now cooperate on the management of assets and the operation of the facility with Egyptian manufacturer GILA Altawakol Electric.

Electricity prices rising in most European markets

AleaSoft Energy Forecasting recorded electricity price increases in most major European markets during the third week of April. It says prices could continue to increase in the fourth week of April, due to rising electricity demand.

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Energy Storage

Battery makers oversubscribe India’s latest 10 GWh tender

The Indian authorities say the nation's latest 10 GWh tender was oversubscribed. It attracted seven bidders, including ACME Cleantech Solutions, Reliance Industries, and Waaree Energies.
Markets & Policy

JinkoSolar posts $1 billion net profit for 2023

Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar has recorded roughly $16.4 billion of revenue and a $1.06 billion net profit for 2023, with PV module shipments reaching 78.52 GW. Its module manufacturing capacity hit 110 GW at the end of December.

DualSun launches foldable plug-and-play solar kits

France's DualSun has developed foldable plug-and-play solar kits with a power range of 420 W to 1.68 kW.
Energy Storage

Australia announces community battery rollout

The Australian federal government's initiative to install 400 community batteries across the nation has reached the Australian Capital Territory, with plans for three new battery energy storage systems.

GameChange Solar, JZNEE to build 3 GW tracker factory in Saudi Arabia

GameChange Solar, a US-based tracker supplier, has announced the construction of a 3 GW tracker factory in Saudi Arabia, with plans for potential expansion to 5 GW in the future.

Press Releases

Philadelphia Solar launched a new battery production line

The new line, called (INVOLTEK) is to be distributed to US market.

Sineng Unveils Extensive Portfolio of PV+ESS Solutions at WFES, Empowering MENA’s Green Transition

Sineng Electric has made its debut at the World Future Energy Summit 2024 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With a vision to catalyze the green transition in the MENA region, Sineng showcased the latest innovations customized for residential, commercial, and utility-scale applications.

DAS Solar has advanced to ‘BBB’ in PV ModuleTech bankability ratings

DAS Solar has received a ‘BBB’ ranking in PV Tech’s latest PV ModuleTech bankability ratings report for Q1 2024, which consistently ranks among the Top 10 brand globally. An authoritative analytical tool in the PV industry is the PV ModuleTech Financial

Deye Releases New Single-Phase LV ESS: A Lightweight, Versatile, Stylish Power Solution

Deye has announced the launch of its latest product in hybrid inverter series, SUN-3/3. 6/5/6K-SG04LP1-EU-SM1/2, a revolutionary addition to its product lineup, offering unparalleled performance and design in the realm of solar inverters.

Opinion & Analysis


The fastest energy change in history still underway

In 2023, solar photovoltaics and wind comprised about 80% of global net generation capacity additions. Four times as much new solar and wind electricity generation capacity was installed in 2023 as compared with all other electricity sources combined.

At least 29 countries installed more than 1 GW of PV in 2023

IEA PVPS has published its new “Snapshot of Global PV Markets 2024” report, highlighting key insights and trends. Despite record installations, concerns over profitability and manufacturing dynamics persist, underscoring the need for strategic interventions and policy support to navigate towards a resilient and sustainable PV ecosystem.

When nano- meets climate technology

The use of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to create nanoscale crystal structures to attract hydrogen molecules could drastically improve the energy efficiency of storing and transporting the energy carrier.

Solar module prices hovering at all-time lows

As solar module prices continue to fall, founder Martin Schachinger explains how price pressure could increase in the weeks and months to come.

Dust and cloud impact solar across Arabian Peninsula

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that dust storms and slear skies led to contrasting March Solar Performance in West Asia. The Arabian Peninsula experienced humid winds and dust storms that reduced solar irradiance to 90% of typical levels for the month.

‘Paternity leave policies are strongly correlated with the female share of board seats’

In another article of a series on gender equality, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice Mariyana Yaneva, Vice Chair at the Association for production, storage and trading with electricity (APSTE). She explains that policies allowing childcare needs to be met but not placing the burden of care explicitly on women, increase the chances that women can build the business acumen and professional contacts necessary to qualify for a corporate board.

Markets & Policy


Azerbaijan announces first solar auction

Azerbaijan has revealed plans for its first renewables auction, in order to facilitate the design, financing, construction and operation of a 100 MW solar plant. Applicants can contact the Ministry of Energy from April 30 to participate in the first of two auction stages.

Solar-assisted heat pumps vs. air-source heat pumps

A group of researchers in Iran has analyzed the coefficient of performance and the energy consumption of a solar-assisted heat pumps and an air-source heat pumps and has found that three factors are crucial to determine their annual performance – irradiance changes, ambient temperature, and wind speed.

French module makers request permits to build GW-scale panel factories

Carbon and Holosolis have both requested construction permits for 5 GW solar panel factories in France.

Spain launches 1.3 GW synchronous renewables, storage tender

The Spanish authorities are seeking 1.3 GW of clean energy and storage projects to provide flexibility, stability and security to the national electricity supply.

Anker Solis launches residential batteries

The new X1 can operate inside or out, from -20 C F to 55 delivering what Anker says is 100% power output without derating. The batteries are lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) and will reportedly remain fully operational for up to 3,000 charge cycles.

IRENA’s 14th assembly underscores role of geopolitics, urgent need for action

The 14th assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) last week in Abu Dhabi underscored the centrality of geopolitics and security in the current global energy landscape. The gathering also called for greater action to achieve the COP28 target of tripling renewables deployment by 2030.



Kaco launches new inverters for complex roof architectures

The new products are intended for applications in commercial and industrial PV projects. The devices feature an efficiency rating of up to 98.1% and a European efficiency of up to 97.8%.

The Hydrogen Stream: Denmark may produce green hydrogen from wind

Denmark will procure at least 6 GW of offshore wind power capacity to potentially produce hydrogen, while Orlen says it will use a European Commission grant to build 16 hydrogen refueling stations in Poland.

France announces new FIT rates for PV systems up to 500 kW

France’s new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for the period from May to July 2024 range from €0.1735 ($0.1850)/kWh for installations below 3 kW to €0.1141/kWh for arrays ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW.

Renewables hit record levels in Australia as electricity demand rises

A new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) shows the nation’s clean energy transition is gathering pace with renewables, including large-scale and rooftop solar.

Winter air pollution weighing on solar generation in India

Solargis says that Indian solar operators have experienced below-average PV panel performance due to air pollution in each of the past five winters. Northern India experienced the worst air quality in decades this January, with data showing a 30% to 50% dip in solar irradiance due to high aerosol levels.

South Korea plans 120 GW space solar project

Two Korean research institutes are designing the 2.2 km × 2.7 km Korean Space Solar Power Satellite project with the aim of providing approximately 1 TWh of electricity to the Earth per year. The proposed system should use 4,000 sub-solar arrays of 10 m × 270 m, made out of thin film roll-out, with a system power efficiency of 13.5%.



NREL updates interactive chart of solar cell efficiency

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has updated its research cell efficiency chart for a range of PV technologies.

Trina Solar claims 740 W output for TOPCon PV module

The Chinese manufacturer said Germany’s TÜV SUD has confirmed the results.

Solar forecasting based on all sky imaging, long short-term memory

A Dutch research team have developed a solar radiation forecasting model that uses the long short-term memory (LSTM) technique. The proposed methodology reportedly achieves better results than other forecasting approaches.

Coupling heat pumps with roll-bonded photovoltaic-thermal collectors

Researchers in Sweden have analyzed how roll-bonded PVT collectors can act as secondary heat sources in ground-source heat pumps and have found they provide a better performance than conventional PVT panels. Their techno-economic analysis also showed roll-bonded PVT systems can be up to 9% more expensive than conventional installations based on sheet and tube absorbers.

Sinovoltaics maps out Southeast Asian PV manufacturing sites

The latest supply chain report from the Hong Kong-based technical compliance and quality assurance company covers the Southeast Asia region, providing information about 50 manufacturing sites.

German startup planning vertical floating PV plant

Germany-based Sinn Power plans to build a 1.8 MW floating PV system with vertically deployed solar modules. Construction is expected to start this summer.



Chinese PV Industry Brief: China’s cumulative PV capacity tops 660 GW

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) says the nation installed more than 47 GW of solar in the first three months of this year.

European Parliament approves law to ban products made with forced labor

The provisions cover all products and do not target specific companies or industries. They will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union tomorrow. EU member countries will have three years to enforce them.

Low solar module prices affecting secondhand market

Stefan Wippich, the CEO and co-founder of Germany’s SecondSol platform, recently spoke with pv magazine about the development of the used PV module market. Wippich noted national differences and argued that it will be important to set rules for the trading of secondhand products.

PV Cycle Belgium claims 404 tons of recycled solar panels in Q1

PV Cycle Belgium says it collected and processed 404 tons of solar panels for recycling during the first quarter of this year. It notes that the number of solar panels it has collected over the last five years has more than quadrupled.

Maxeon sues REC, Hanwha Qcells for alleged TOPCon patent infringement

Maxeon has filed two different lawsuits in the United States against Hanwha Qcells and REC over claims that the two manufacturers used an unspecified tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar cell technology.

Enphase Energy, Octopus Energy announce UK partnership 

Enphase Energy says that Octopus Energy’s retail customers will be able to integrate solar and battery systems into their energy plans in the UK market, with the introduction of Enphase IQ8 microinverters and the IQ battery 5P platform.

Energy Storage


Large-scale solar, battery storage hybrid starts operations in South Africa

Norwegian PV developer Scatec ASA has switched on a hybrid solar and battery storage facility in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Johnson Controls releases new residential heat pump series

The new heat pumps use R-454B as a refrigerant and are specifically designed to be matched with Johnson Controls’ residential gas furnaces. Their size ranges from 1.5 tons to 5 tons and their coefficient of performance (COP) spans between 3.24 and 3.40, according to the manufacturer.

The Hydrogen Stream: Linde plans 5 MW electrolyzer in Brazil

Linde says its White Martins unit will build a second electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen in Brazil, while Sunfire has launched a front-end engineering and design study (FEED) for a new 500 MW hydrogen project.

Europe’s largest battery storage project secures approval

Netherlands-based developer Giga Storage has obtained the irrevocable permit for the construction of a 600 MW/2,400 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Belgium.

Netherlands allocates €100 million for battery storage subsidies

The Dutch government has earmarked €100 million ($106.7 million) of subsidies for the deployment of battery storage alongside PV projects. The funds are part of a €416 million subsidy program announced last year to alleviate grid congestion.

Europe’s negative price trend could continue until summer

AleaSoft and SolarPower Europe inform pv magazine that negative energy prices in Europe are related to the pandemic, low demand, insufficient storage solutions, and inadequate energy planning. They say this situation will likely continue into the summer.

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