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Indonesia: new policy scheme and PV projects

Indonesia recently brought in a new renewable energy law that changes the remuneration tariffs for renewable energy projects, including solar PV systems. Furthermore, the country’s state-owned utility recently signed agreements for new photovoltaic capacity.

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Markets & Policy

Mercom Capital: $3.2 billion total corporate funding for solar raised in Q1

Information published by industry analysts Mercom Capital Group shows that a total of $3.2 billion was raised from 60 deals in the first quarter of 2016. This represents a major increase from the previous quarter, when $1.6 billion was raised in 45 deals.

Installations

Comtec posts $146 million net loss in 2016

The Chinese integrated solar specialist recorded a 1 billion yuan ($146 million) net loss for the 12 months to the end of December, from a loss of just CNY 434.7 million during the same period a year earlier.

Installations

Kyocera supplies modules for 92 MW PV plant in Japan

A joint venture of four Japanese firms invest $315 million for a solar project in the south of the country. The solar park is scheduled to start operation in January 2020, producing 99 MWh annually.

Markets & Policy

IFC reportedly invests $60 million into Jinko Malaysia

The Chinese PV manufacturing giant’s Malaysian arm has reportedly received a $60 million financing package from the IFC.

Markets & Policy

Germany: several Chinese PV manufacturers face legal action for circumventing duties

According to media reports, several Chinese solar module manufacturers will face legal actions for illegal trade of PV products in Germany. For one of these cases, approximately €110 million in tax frauds is reported. The court of Nürnberg-Fürth in southern Germany has already launched prosecutions related to the matter for four persons.

Installations

LongiTech buys Guangshuo New Energy for $16.7 million

The Chinese company has purchased the entire equity interest in Gaobeidian Guangshuo New Energy for HK$130 million ($16.7 million). As part of the deal, it will issue 44,820,000 consideration shares at HK$2.9 per share.

Markets & Policy

China extends antidumping and anti-subsidy duties on polysilicon imported from EU

Mocfom’s decision to extend antidumping and anti-subsidy duties on polysilicon imported from the EU is likely a reaction to the 18-month extension of the EU duties on Chinese solar modules. German polysilicon maker Wacker Chemie had previously agreed a minimum import price with China.

Markets & Policy

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Policy Gridlock

Kenya’s PV market: Hopes for greater utility-scale solar development in Kenya have risen steadily over the past two years. But build-out remains negligible, with the International Renewable Energy Agency estimating the country’s cumulative installed capacity at a paltry 24 MW by the end of 2015.

UK adds 111 MW of solar in Q1 2017

Great Britain installed 111 MW of new PV systems in the first three months of this year, according to provisional BEIS statistics. The country’s cumulative capacity now surpasses 11.85 GW.

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Jamaica targets $300 million renewable energy investments

The Caribbean country is seeking to accelerate its transition to clean energies, and to benefit from funds from the Green Climate Fund. Meanwhile, the government is also seeking to improve net metering for residential and commercial PV.

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Pacifico starts building 258 MW in western Japan

The Tokyo-based developer has begun construction on what it claims will be Japan’s biggest PV project upon completion in September 2019.

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Installations

BECE posts $68 million net profit in 2016

The Hong Kong-listed renewables developer recorded a net profit of HK$529.2 million ($68.03 million) in the 12 months to the end of December, from a profit attributable to shareholders of about HK$38.5 million in 2015. Basic earnings per share for the year were HK$0.14.

Cubico buys 105.6 MW of PV plants in Italy

The British renewable energy infrastructure company has agreed to acquire 18 solar facilities located in Italy from a joint venture between U.S. companies Riverstone and SunEdison.

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Symbior Solar, Paragon awarded 10 MW project

The two companies have pledged to bring online one of a few large-scale solar PV plants in Bangladesh.

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Hareon Solar, Azure Power to develop 118 MW PV project in India

The Chinese solar and PV cell manufacturer and India’s largest independent solar power company are looking to invest in a large-scale solar power project in the Indian state of Telangana.

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France announces winners of 150 MW tender round for rooftop PV projects exceeding 100 kW

The French governenment announced that 361 projects were selected in the first 150 MW round of the 1.35 GW tender for rooftop PV. The next tender round will be held in July.

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Technology

2017: a year for PERC & Black Silicon

Module trends: As China looks set for another big year of installations, the biggest module manufacturers are consolidating their market share, with the top 5 manufacturers set to represent more than 40% of global shipments. Mono PERC and diamond wire cut Multi combined with black silicon are set to be the dominant trends in technology.

Swiss researchers develop new process for back contact cell production

A team of researchers from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has developed a new process for fabricating cells with all electrical contacts at the rear. According to EPFL, the process has already achieved lab efficiencies in excess of 23%.

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EPFL researchers investigate effect of light in perovskite cell formation

Scientists at Swiss research center École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne have published research showing how the presence of light can affect perovskite film formation. The study could result in higher efficiencies and better reproducibility in perovskite cell production.

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Video: Solar Superheroes return to SNEC

The Solar Superheroes made their live action debut at the SNEC show in 2016, and this year they returned, once again drawing huge crowds wherever they prowled or performed.

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Japanese scientists seek to develop solar cell able to absorb spectral components of longer wavelengths

The new technology is designed to capture the spectral components of longer wavelengths that are usually lost during transmission through the solar cell. The Japanese scientists are using up-conversion of below-gap photons to reduce power losses and increase the cell efficiency.

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Manufacturing

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The big stuff

Thin film: First Solar is moving to a much larger format for its Series 6 modules, which are due to begin production next year. Is this the signal that the thin film industry has been looking for to move to larger formats?

Wacker says market environment for polysilicon is difficult

The German chemical company has said in its preliminary results for the first quarter of this year that polysilicon prices dropped significantly over the past weeks. Overall, the company expects to see its profits grow in 2017.

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BREAKING: Suniva petition could start new global solar trade war

Today Suniva filed for relief under a little-known act that could exempt the United States from global trade agreements and allow President Trump to take trade action against solar imports from multiple nations. Suniva is asking for a minimum import price of US$0.78 per watt for modules and $0.40 for cells.

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Tempress receives follow-on order for turnkey line

Tempress systems, a subsidiary of U.S. based Amtech, has received a follow-on order for a multi-phase 1 GW project. The turnkey order is for an n-type bifacial manufacturing line, and includes high throughput PECVD and diffusion platforms.

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Trina Solar ships first 20 MW batch of new DUOMAX twin modules

The Chinese PV behemoth has supplied 20 MW of its newly launched bifacial module DUOMAX twin to a project in China’s Qinghai province.

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Energy Storage

Power to the people

Distributed storage costs: With the average payback cost of a home battery storage system sticking stubbornly at around ten years, skeptics remain unconvinced that mass-market adoption of distributed storage is on the cards any time soon. So what measures is the industry taking to expedite cost reductions, improve storage technology, and shift the conversation from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’?

UK energy storage: government in no hurry

A seminar on the outlook for the U.K.’s energy storage market that took place this week in London highlighted the vibrant activity taking place in the sector, but was unable to answer when or if government can come up with a meaningful policy.

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The inmates have taken over the asylum: BNEF The Future of Energy Summit kicks off in New York

An interview with professional climate denier Myron Ebell, along with Kevin de León and Debbie Dooley shaking hands were among the top moments from the opening of the 2017 BNEF Future of Energy summit.

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Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

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Netherlands’ Gasunie launches 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project powered by solar

The Dutch gas provider is building Netherlands’ first MW-sized power-to-gas installation. The plant will be powered by 5,000 solar modules.

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Press Releases

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd – Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders 2017

The ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) held on 27 April 2017 approved the proposals by the Board of Directors.

BHEL commissions 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned a 3 MW Solar PV Power Plant in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The Solar PV Power Plant was recently inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh.

Yingli Green Energy announces progress from recent meetings with holders of 2011 MTNs and 2010 MTNs

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited announced that, following meetings on April 18, 2017, between its subsidiary, Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Company Limited, and the holders of Tianwei Yingli's RMB1. 4 billion of medium-term notes due on May 12, 2016 and remaining portion (approximately RMB357 million in principal amount) of the RMB1.

Renewables in Germany stay on course for growth

Offshore wind power (plus 36. 7 percent) and photovoltaics (plus 29 percent) on the rise