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Future PV video: “the year of most innovation”

Last week at North America’s largest solar and storage trade show, Solar Power International, pv magazine hosted its third Future PV Roundtable. The event saw an engaging discussion of PV manufacturing and project development approaches, each with a unique approach to reducing solar’s LCOE.
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Poland to auction off PV projects above 1 MW by end of 2017

Solar projects with a capacity above 1 MW will compete with wind projects in a 150 MW renewable energy auction to be held in Poland by the end of this year, according to local research institute IEO.

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Panasonic to build PV-powered residential microgrid in western Japan

PanaHome, a unit of Panasonic, has revealed plans to connect 117 homes in western Japan to a solar-powered microgrid system, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

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JAG completes 15.4 MW in Japan

JAG International Energy has finished building a 15.4 MW solar array at a site roughly 185 km northwest of Tokyo.

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France reveals winners of 150 MW tender

The French government has announced that 310 projects were selected in the second 150 MW round of its 1.45 GW tender scheme for rooftop PV. The next round will be held in November.

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MRC Allied buys 15% stake in 50 MW PV plant in the Philippines

The Philippines-based property development firm has agreed to invest P225 million ($4.4 million) to acquire a 15% interest in a 50 MW operational PV plant owned by Sepalco, a local corporation engaged in the solar power generation business.

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Ontario offers 150 MW of small-scale renewables under FIT round

Solar had the largest share in the final procurement round, with PV developers securing 382 of the 390 assigned feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts. Around 35% of the offered contracts are projects in indigenous communities.

Markets & Policy

Total to acquire 23% stake in French developer Eren RE

France-based oil giant Total has agreed to acquire a 23% stake in French renewable energy group Eren RE for €237.5 million ($282.6 million).

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Grow, Canada

Alberta, Canada: A new pro-solar program in Canada’s Alberta province could pave the way for PV to follow in the deep footsteps of wind power. But are Albertans ready to embrace the possibilities and opportunities at their fingertips?

Colombia announces renewable projects to provide power to 60,000 people

The Government of Colombia has dedicated COP 200 billion ($69 million) to renewable projects, as part of the country’s sustainable development objectives. The projects funded will supply up to 60,000 Colombian’s with electricity, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Fortum wants to buy Uniper shares for €3.8 billion

Finnish energy group Fortum could take over a 46.65% stake in Uniper from Eon, with a deal expected to be made as early as the start of 2018. Eon hopes to see proceeds of €3.8 billion from the sale.

Slight rise in India’s solar tariff: bids at INR 2.65 in Gujarat

A slight variation from last auctioning results which had lowest bidding at INR 2.44/kwh.

Green Bank Network unleashes over $29 billion of clean energy capital

In an announcement at ClimateWeek NYC, the Green Bank Network said that it had closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than $29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe.

Yingli Green Energy posts major shipments increase in Q2

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturer, has announced its financial results for Q2 of 2017, which ended June 30, 2017.

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An industrial strategy for solar in Europe

Solar Power Europe op-ed: Dr. Christian Westermeier, President of Solar Power Europe discusses European solar, and how best to support the growth of a significant and sustainable market on the continent.

AEMC issues new rules to stabilize Australian grid

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has introduced new regulations to stabilize the national grid as coal-fired plants are increasingly phased out and more solar and wind capacity is brought online.

GFG Alliance to buy Australia’s ZEN Energy

SIMEC Energy, a unit of India’s GFG Alliance, has acquired a majority stake in Adelaide-based PV and battery storage installer ZEN Energy, as part of a broader strategic partnership.

Quercus to build 600 MW in Iran

Quercus Investment Partners has revealed plans to develop, build and run 600 MW of solar capacity in Iran.

Enphase and Waaree partner to bring AC modules to Indian market

The U.S. microinverter specialist has partnered with Indian solar module manufacturer Waaree to produce AC solar modules integrated with its microinverter technology.

GE to build 50 MW solar PV plant in Egypt

In what comes as the company’s first turnkey solar contract, GE Power Conversion is expected to build a 50 MW PV plant in Egypt.

Technology

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Developing a nose for performance

Monitoring: Having picked up a 2017 DSM SunRISE TechBridge Challenge award in June, SunSniffer is taking aim at the U.S. market, with its intelligent PV power plant monitoring system. While he hits on a number of buzzwords within the 2017 solar sector, not least digitization, SunSniffer CEO Ingmar Kruse says that there is a strong technological basis and financial case underpinning the solution.

New combination of elements a positive step forwards for KAUST solar centre and Solar panels

Perovskite research sees an unexpected improvement, as a result of research from Saudi Arabia’s KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) solar centre, improving the quality and efficiency of the potential of solar panels.

Scientists create waterproof, wearable photovoltaics

Coated on both sides with an elastomer that ensures stretchability and stability in water, the new textile-compatible photovoltaics are able to maintain high efficiency of 7.9%.

LONGi Solar hits 22.43% PERC cell conversion efficiency

Monocrystalline PV manufacturer LONGi Solar has reached record 22.43% conversion efficiency on a PERC cell based on mass production technology. The result is confirmed in a report from China’s National Center of Supervision and Inspection in Solar PV Product Quality (CPVT).

Jordan: Sahara Forest Project using solar to turn desert into vegetated spaces

Project funded in part by EU and Norwegian government allows project to thrive using a smart mixture of solar power, salt water, irrigation and smart technologies.

Interview: SunPower pivots to more conventional cell technologies and shingled cell modules

SunPower is famous for its back-contact cells, boasting one of the industry’s most advanced technologies. Josh Moore, SunPower Director, explains why the company is now ramping up 600 MW of production for different types of front-contact cells and shingled modules. He will pitch the advantages at pv magazine’s Future PV event to be held at SPI on Tuesday September 12.

Manufacturing

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Out on the water

The rise of floating PV: Floating solar power solutions have emerged from a niche oddity to mainstream baseload; the latest Chinese tender set covers 1 GW worth of projects, potentially the new normal for FPV. Indeed, Ciel & Terre, the current market leader, says there could be 3 GW of FPV by 2020, per analysts’ predictions.

REI exhibition: India will surpass 175 GW renewable target, says MNRE

Secretary of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy Anand Kumar believes the country can confound doubts about its bold solar ambitions and smash its 175 GW of renewables by 2022 target.

European Commission to reduce minimum import price quarterly

The EU has published its decision to review the undertaking and the minimum import price (MIP) for crystalline PV products from China. As was proposed in July, the MIP will now be reduced quarterly beginning in October. For some Chinese manufacturers, the MIP, as well as a variable duty, is to be applied in future.

VDMA: German solar equipment providers report 51% increase in sales in Q2

According to the latest statistics from the German Engineering Federation or VDMA (Verbandes Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau), PV equipment providers in Germany are benefiting primarily from investments in Asia. The demand for thin-film technology contributed to the growth in sales in the second quarter, although order intake dropped during the period.

Argentina grants fiscal incentives to two solar module factory projects

The two production facilities will be located in the northern province of Mendoza and will provide the modules for PV projects developed under the Renovar program.

Sunpreme bags deal to supply 150 MW of heterojunction solar modules to TGCM

The deal with the asset management firm is one of the largest supply agreements for heterojunction modules reported to date, and the Section 201 case may play a role.

Energy Storage

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Light in a blackout

Microgrid development: Driven by their ability to operate during blackouts and provide ancillary grid services, microgrids are popping up all over the United States. As more microgrids emerge, clusters of them could transform the centralized grid to a decentralized grid of microgrids powered by renewables.

APA approved for up to 240 MW in Australia

APA Group has secured approval to build between 150 MW and 240 MW of solar capacity in the Australian state of Queensland, with the potential to add up to 100 MW of battery storage.

U.K: Local government invest in partnership with British energy firm Centrica

In a bid to exploit their Solar PV potential, R&D centres at Centrica have developed a battery capable of storing energy for use to boost solar capabilities of council over energy distribution.

UK power firm Drax plans world’s largest battery storage project

The British electrical power generation company has publicized intention to build a 200 MW battery storage project at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire – one of Europe’s largest coal-fired power plants.

Interview: India’s storage market readies the ground for growth

The executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) Rahul Walawalkar, talks to pv magazine about India’s vast energy storage potential ahead of next week’s World Energy Storage Day.

Anesco secures ROC for storage component in UK solar first

Landmark decision by energy regulator Ofgem sees three Anesco solar+storage ground-mount plants retain their Renewable Obligation Certificates in move that could drastically transform country’s storage landscape.

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Press Releases

Recom approved by the Turkish government for 200 MW module supply

Recom became one of the few international manufacturers of solar modules to receive the surveillance certificate Gözetim - import license from the Turkish Ministry of Economics.

Finnwind Oy installs Vikram Solar modules at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

The first photovoltaic installation at an airport in Scandinavia has been installed at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The 312 kWp system at the Finnair cargo centre, has been constructed with solar modules from Tier 1 manufacturer Vikram Solar.

Leclanché to Develop Battery Storage Solution for Fastned’s Network of Fast Charging Stations

DALLAS and YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world's leading energy storage solution companies, announced today a partnership with Fastned, the Dutch company pioneering the roll-out of fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe.

SolarMax Technology Doubles Back-Up Power Capacity with Expanded FLEX Energy Storage System™

Sparked by strong demand for the groundbreaking energy storage system the company launched last year, SolarMax Technology has introduced a new model that more than doubles the amount of power homeowners can access when the grid goes down. The 10kWh FLEX™ Energy Storage System, which combines two batteries with an inverter, targets the U.