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EU greenlights reduction of surcharges for energy-intensive companies in Germany and Italy

The European Commission stated that reduction of cogeneration and renewable energy surchages for energy-intensive industries in the two countries complies with its 2014 Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy.

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Markets & Policy

Leclanché reports fire at headquarters in Switzerland

After two hours the fire was extinguished. The fire accident was caused by a storage system provided by a third-party battery system.

Installations

Schneider Electric and Neoen sign 750 MW solar framework agreement

Having collaborated on the 300 MW Cestas project, the two French firms team up again to deliver 1,500 v central inverter, transformer, monitoring and medium voltage switchgear solutions to solar projects across three continents.

Markets & Policy

India: solar tax hike could increase power project prices, say industry heads

The 18% Goods and Services Tax rate for solar cells and modules could pose significant threat to around 10 GW of ongoing utility-scale solar projects, says Bridge to India.

Energy Storage

Germany to host two more battery factories

Daimler is planning to build its second storage system manufacturing facility in Saxony, while Terra E Holding is planning a huge lithium-ion battery cell factory at an undisclosed location in Germany.

Installations

Nicaragua hosts 12.5 MW PV plant relying on Recom modules

The facility, located in Puerto Sandino, is one of the country’s largest PV plants. Modules provided by Recom were installed at the plant.

Installations

Ukraine’s project to make Chernobyl solar energy hub moves forward

The prime minister of Ukraine said large-scale solar projects to be built in the contaminated area of the nuclear disaster will be selected through clear and transparent bidding rules.

Markets & Policy

BREAKING: SolarWorld may close Oregon factory

The company has given WARN Act notices to all of its employees, and says that it is trying to determine the right size going forward.

Markets & Policy

Featured

Building a solar civilization

Interview: Jeremy Leggett, British social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, tells pv magazine how a solar civilazation can be an effective buck-stop against the populist forces that seek to undermine and discredit the transformative power of renewable technologies It is solar, in all its forms, that is bringing the fight against malign forces, he says.

EU supports integration of renewables between Croatia and Slovenia with €40 million

The smart grid project is expected to boost to the use of renewable energy in the region, and to enable smaller power producers participate in the market.

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It all stacks up: Lego goes 100% renewable

Danish plastic building blocks manufacturer Lego has achieved its goal of being 100% renewable three years early thanks to concerted efforts to rely on solar and wind power at its facilities worldwide.

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Switzerland says yes to exit from nuclear power and more renewables

Over 58% of voters approved the country’s new energy policy, which envisages the progressive phasing out of all the nuclear power plants, and the further development of renewables, especially hydropower and solar.

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Installations

Featured

Solar power from the exclusion zone

Chernobyl mega project: Stuck in a conflict with Russia and highly dependent on fossil fuels as well as nuclear power, Ukraine strives for energy self-sufficiency. More than three decades after the catastrophic Chernobyl meltdown, the nuclear wasteland is now set to pave the way for a solar future that could still hold risks.

Africa: solar power and Indian bilateral trade key routes to prosperity, says AfDB president

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina tells the media ahead of the bank’s Annual Meetings forum that Africa-India bilateral trade will reach $100bn by 2018, with solar power playing a prominent role in closer cooperation and boosting economic opportunities.

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Hevel Solar begins work on 10 MW PV plant in Siberia

The plant is located in the Republic of Buryatia, where Hevel is also planning another 15 MW solar facility. The project’s completion is scheduled for December 2017.

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Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador launches net metering

Renewable energy power generators installed under the scheme will sell power surplus to local utilities Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power starting from July 2017.

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Cypark to develop 14.5 MW in Malaysia

Engineering firm Cypark Resources has signed contracts to build two utility-scale PV projects for MYR 75.01 million ($17.4 million) in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.

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Technology

Featured

Making DW multi a reality

2017 Technology Highlights award winner: Christian Buchner, VP Business Unit Photovoltaics for Schmid Group, speaks to pv magazine after picking up the 2017 Technology Highlights award.

Teamtechnik & research partners develop award winning lead-free PV system

A joint project conducted by the Carinthian Tech Research Center and the Austrian Institute of Technology, in conjunction with German equipment manufacturer teamtechnik has developed a lead-free PV system using glued ribbon technology.

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Penn State researchers develop low-cost solar cell

A research team at Penn State University has developed solar cells of up to 17% efficiency using a simplified concept requiring only one semiconductor material. Thanks to their potential for low-cost production, the researchers theorize that the cells could be used to provide power to energy poor communities the world over.

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ANU researchers develop light management technique inspired by butterfly wings

Researchers at Australia National University have developed a nanostructure technique to finely control the direction of light. The technique, says ANU, could be applied to tandem perovskite/silicon solar cells.

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NREL develops controllable quantum dot systems

Researchers at the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new designer quantum dot system, which allows for greater control over optoelectronic properties of the materials.

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Manufacturing

Featured

Copper plating innovation

2017 Technology Highlights award winner: U.S.-based MacDermid Ehthone's Global Applications Manager Photovoltaics Bruce Lee sets out the Helios PoSi process and its market potential.

GCL signs PV supply deals for 370 MW in China

Hong Kong-listed PV developer GCL New Energy has agreed to sell 320 MW of solar panels to China Resources Leasing for CNY 148.5 million ($21.5 million), as part of supply arrangements for the first 40 MW phase of a planned PV array in Zhanjiang, in China’s Guangdong province.

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ABB unveils suite of new solar inverters as part of pivot towards greater digitalization

The Swiss-headquartered power electronics company is to introduce new 100 kw and 120 kW three-phase string inverters for the C&I and large-scale markets, the new 60 kW TRIO TM and a new addition to its residential UNO-DM-PLUS range.

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Report: Suniva case could destabilize global supply chain (with chart)

IHS Markit says the complaint could also cause the U.S. market to crater 60% by 2021, causing global module oversupply and driving module prices ever lower.

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Interview: Europe needs big PV manufacturers

Xavier Daval, the president of the French solar association SER-SOLER, spoke with pv magazine about the necessity of creating a large European industrial group specialized in solar module production. Leaving solar manufacturing to China and the United States, Daval said, would make Europe energy dependent for the next decades.

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Energy Storage

Its new Smart Star L storage system boasts a rated capacity of 9.8 kWh, which Itochu claims is big enough to supply electricity to a home for a 24-hour period. The unit, which weighs about 195 kg, is designed for outdoor installation. It is now available for purchase in Japan at JPY 2.85 million ($25,575) […]

Itochu launches residential lithium-ion battery in Japan

The Japanese trading firm has started selling its new Smart Star L lithium-ion storage battery system for the Japanese residential PV market. It has designed the system in cooperation with Yokohama-based manufacturer NF Corp.

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Mercedez Benz enters U.S. battery market with Vivint partnership

The German manufacturer, in partnership with the No. 2 residential solar installer in the United States, will bring customizable home energy storage systems to the United States.

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Solar to attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear combined this year, says Frost & Sullivan

Analysts expect global renewable power investment to reach $243bn this year, with solar PV the fastest-growing segment and non-hydro renewables to account for 65% of all global power investment by 2020.

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Belgium: researchers say solar-plus-storage is far from becoming economically viable

According to a scientific paper from the Université libre de Bruxelles, even a further reduction in storage prices may not be sufficient to make solar-plus-storage attractive in the Belgian market.

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Press Releases

Intersolar 2017: Raising Power showcases full-service package for legally compliant system operation

Raising Power GmbH, a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, showcases its service package for the technical operation management of PV systems with a focus on the DGUV ordinance 3 at this year's Intersolar Europe in Munich. At booth 376 in hall B3, visitors to the trade fair will learn comprehensive solutions that Raising Power has been designing for system operation and operator responsibilities.

IRENA’s 13th Council Meeting Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi

Agency plans future work to drive sustainable energy revolution

Japan: Total launches construction of the Miyako Solar Park

Total Solar, a 100% owned Total subsidiary dedicated to solar activities, has launched construction of its second solar power plant in Japan.