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Vattenfall's 5 MW Parc Cynog Solar Farm is located in Carmarthenshire County Council, southern Wales, UK.

Vattenfall to invest $226 million in solar and storage over next two years

The Swedish power utility announced a plan to invest heavily in renewable energies over the next two years. The company said investments in solar and storage will reach 2 billion SEK ($226.3 million).

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Along with initiative partners Huawei, sonnen, Suntech, S.A.G, innogy and First Solar, pv magazine will be exhibiting as part of the Integrated Energy Plaza at the 2017 Hannover Messe. The Solar Premium exhibition space will herald solar PV’s arrival as a major energy player at the iconic industrial trade show. The booth will consist of a joint exhibition presence with our partners, and will play host to a series of networking events.  Solar Premium will feature as  a part of the Integrated Energy Plaza for the duration of Hannover Messe 2017, which runs from April 24-28.

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Opinion

Trump executive order based on energy fantasies

In his latest executive order, the president and his administration showed a brazen willingness to manipulate fossil fuel workers as they move energy policy back to the 19th century.

Markets & Policy

Danfoss, GE partner to make SiC modules in New York

The Danish company says that its collaboration with GE will allow it to become the world’s leading provider of silicon-carbide power modules.

Markets & Policy

ReneSola fourth quarter results show loss of $25.5m

The Chinese solar firm sees Q4 revenue slump 21.7% YOY, with gross profit also contracting 89.5%. Full year financials reveal similar losses as the company continues its shift towards downstream project development.

Markets & Policy

Trina Solar to go public in China following NYSE delisting, chairman says – reports

In interview with South China Morning Post, Trina Solar chairman Jifan Gao says that the solar company will “certainly go public again” once privatization and delisting from New York Stock Exchange is completed.

Installations

Sempra’s Ienova secures PPA for 110 MW of solar in Mexico

The Mexican gas and power provider has secured a 20-year PPA for a large-scale PV project in Mexico from local steelmaker Deacero. The $115 million plant will have a capacity of 110 MW.

Installations

Luc Grare finds his own way in the world of renewables

He has been the head of global marketing for manufacturer REC Solar. Now Grare seeks to develop large-scale PV projects in Kazakhstan through a new company he founded alongside blockchain pioneer Alexander Vasylchenko.

Markets & Policy

Sweden allocates $25.6 million for solar rebates in 2017

The Swedish Energy Agency Energimyndigheten has allocated 225 million SEK ($25.6 million) for the support of solar energy in 2017. The funds will be used for the country’s solar rebate program.

Markets & Policy

Experimental policies

Turkey’s PV market: Turkey has reached about 1 GW of solar PV installations, and 2016 was the PV sector’s best year so far. Furthermore, a recently announced tender for a mega 1 GW solar park in central Turkey adds to the expectation. Is such optimism justified? pv magazine examines why the Turkish Government’s policy experiments with the solar sector risk its fragile growth.

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

French energy regulator publishes tender for commercial PV projects for self-consumption

The French Energy Regulatory Authority has published the tender for the installation of renewable energy and PV projects for self-consumption ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW. Through the tender the French government aims to allocate 450 MW of renewable energy capacity over the next three years.

Kenyans embrace d.light’s D30 Pay-Go solution

Since launching in October 2016, off-grid solar solution supplier d.light has sold over 120,000 units of its D30 Pay-Go home system. Most of the sales were made in East Africa, with the Kenyan market accounting for the majority of sales.

Installations

Featured

Fotowatio reaches financial close for 133 MW Jordan solar projects

The Spanish solar developer has announced that the financing agreement for two solar PV plants in Jordan with a total capacity of 133.4 MW has been finalized. Construction in the Mafraq region is set to commence shortly.

Astronergy finishes 16.5 MW in South Korea

The Chinese PV supplier invested 29.7 billion Korean won ($26.8 million) in the project on Jeju Island, roughly 80 kilometres south of the Korean peninsula.

First Solar to supply 48.5 MW solar farm in Australia

First Solar closes another Australian project, to supply the Manildra Solar Farm project. The project reached financial close today, with RCR O’Donnell Griffin named as EPC. Construction is set to commence within three months.

Kong Sun posts $7.9 million profit in 2016

The Chinese PV investment group recorded a profit of 54.8 million yuan ($7.96 million), from a loss of 98.9 million yuan in 2015, as it more than double the size of its operational solar portfolio.

Shunfeng expands 2016 loss forecast

Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) expects to record a loss of 2.4 billion yuan ($349 million) for the 12 months to the end of December 2016.

Technology

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China embraces thin film

Thin film technology: Chinese state-owned companies are purchasing thin film equipment from European suppliers in a move that may shake up solar manufacturing. For the PV technology companies, the move could not have come too soon, but how will the Chinese state-owned coal, electric and building giants succeed where others have failed?

Fraunhofer ISE and EVG set 31.3% efficiency for silicon multi-junction solar cell

The German research institute and the Austrian semiconductor specialist have achieved a 31.3% efficiency for a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell. The result improves the previous record of 30.2%, which was also set by EVG and Fraunhofer ISE.

Wärtsilä delivers 15 MW hybrid PV plant to Essakane Solar in Burkina Faso

The solar farm will be added and synchronized with an existing oil driven power plant. The hybrid power plant will serve a local gold mine, saving 18,500t CO2 emissions annually.

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

IHS Markit: Storage and better grid efficiency could save hundreds of billions each year

A new white paper published by analysts at IHS Markit compares the electricity network with other key systems such as transport and data infrastructure. The report concludes that increasing the amount of electricity storage available could create a more flexible, efficient and reliable grid, and save billions of dollars each year.

Manufacturing

Polysilicon & Wafer Rankings 2016

C-Si manufacturing: Demand is looking strong for both polysilicon and crystalline silicon wafers, as analysts expect that another rush for installations is imminent, ahead of China’s latest feed-in tariff cut in July. Demand for monocrystalline wafers has increased, but manufacturing trends still leave space for high performance multi-wafer.

Tesla to begin taking orders for Solar Roof in April

Production of the luxury BIPV product will not begin until “mid-2017”, and a waiting list has appeared on the Tesla site.

Eurotron’s sister company opens testing facility for back-contact solar in the Netherlands

Eurolab, a sister company of Netherlands-based equipment provider Eurotron, has opened a new testing facility for back-contact PV modules. The laboratory will facilitate pre-production of back-contact solar panels, R&D projects, and small-scale production for solar challenge teams

QSTec begins manufacturing activities at polysilicon factory in Qatar

The Qatar-based polysilicon manufacturer has begun producing polysilicon at its factory in Doha. The facility has a current annual production capacity of 8,000 MT, but QSTec confirmed its plans to expand it to 50,000 MT.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Hanwha Q Cells, Enphase Energy, Solarwatt and EDF are among the big names grabbing the headlines in a week where new product launches and new GW-scale tender details were revealed.

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’?

Time is working for storage, as prices keep sinking

Video interview: Andreas Piepenbrink, CEO of German residential storage system provider E3/DC, explains at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 how the storage market is progressing in and out of Germany.

US flow battery specialist ViZn Energy awarded 1 MWh storage contract in India

The Texas-headquartered firm will provide grid stability for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in Puducherry with its flow battery systems.

Redox flow batteries on the rise

Video interview: prices for redox flow batteries are sinking, while installed capacity increases steadily. Lorenzo Grande, technology analyst at IDTechEx, explains here the opportunities and limitations of flow technologies, and how the related market will likely develop.

Power grids will be increasingly stabilized by storage systems

Video interview: Holger Ziegler, Senior Consultant at DNV GL, explains at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 why the stabilizing of electricity grids will boost the storage market, and also discusses the future prospects for this business model.

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Press Releases

Floating solar panels market is expected to reach over US$ 1.50 Bn by 2022 – Credence Research

New Market Research Reports Title “Floating Solar Panels Market Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2016-2022 ” Has been added to Credenceresearch. com Report Database.

New interface for international clean energy solutions

The renewable energy company The meeco Group provides valuable content on its new web presence

Sky Solar engages leading investor relations firm

Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. announced that it hired The Blueshirt Group to assist in executing its communication and outreach program to the financial community.

Alba Energy announces partnership to grow residential solar in Texas

Partnership with Sunnova will provide customers with a new financing and solar service option in Texas.