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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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Come and say hi at our Solar Premium joint booth hall 27, H-50 in partnership with Huawei, sonnen, Suntech, S.A.G, innogy and First Solar.

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Upcoming pv magazine webinar (in Chinese only)

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Installations

Canadian Solar supplies modules to Uganda’s largest PV project

The Chinese solar manufacturer and developer has supplied 10 MW of solar PV modules to the Soroti Photovoltaics Plant in Uganda.

Manufacturing

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.

Markets & Policy

United Photovoltaics Group agrees to acquire 200 MW plant in China’s Ningxia

A Chinese group’s unit has formally agreed the acquisition of 200 MW solar power plant in China from Beijing Zhongteng IOT Technology.

Manufacturing

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.

Markets & Policy

Battery storage, smart grid, efficiency companies raise $ 435 million in VC funding in Q1

Battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors experienced YoY increase in venture capital funding in Q1 2017, finds the latest report by Mercom Capital Group. QoQ increase reported in all but battery storage.

Manufacturing

Kyocera says PV output steady despite domestic plant closure

The Japanese manufacturer says it expects to produce about 1 GW of solar panels in the year to March 2018, roughly in line with its output in the preceding fiscal year.

Installations

Japan may cancel 27.7 GW of approved PV capacity

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has said that it may cancel feed-in tariff (FIT) approvals for 456,000 projects, or roughly 27.6 GW of capacity, as the prospective developers of those projects failed to lock in grid-connection agreements by the government’s March 31 deadline.

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.

Poland to miss 2020 EU renewable energy target, Ecofys

Poland is set to miss its target of covering up to 15% of energy demand with renewables by 2020. Under the most favorable scenario provided by a report released by local consultancy Ecofys, new additions for solar may reach 695 GWh, while the country is expected to reach a target of only 13.8% by the end of the decade.

South Africa makes it easier to deploy large-scale solar in renewable energy zones

The country’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has simplified the environmental impact assessment process for large-scale solar and wind power projects in South Africa’s eight Renewable Energy Development Zones.

The age of plenty on steroids (with charts)

Despite the climate-denying Trump Administration, Michael Liebreich gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future in his address to the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

Installations

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Canadian Solar snags $97 million for 92 MW U.S. project

Already under construction in conjunction with a long-term PPA with Duke Energy Progress, the new round of funding will allow the project to continue on its path to commercial operation by the third quarter.

Cambodia’s solar development moves forward with 10 MW project

The Asian Development Bank will provide Singapore-based Sunseap Group with $9.2 million. The company will use the funds to construct Cambodia’s first large-scale PV plant, a 10 MW facility located in Svay Rieng Province.

Houston, you now have solar power

The city will now receive 10.5% of its power from one of Texas’ largest utility-scale farms. The plant was built by French energy giant Engie.

Asunim breaks ground on two Turkish PV projects totaling 42 MW

The 20 MW and 22 MW PV power plants are being built in Turkey’s southwestern province of Izmir.

Solar Q reveals plan to install 350 MW in Australia

The company aims to build what would be one of the country’s largest PV arrays near a high-voltage substation in Queensland’s Lower Wonga region. Via the substation, the project would supply electricity to cities and towns such as Gympie, Gin Gin, Teebar Creek, Mungar, Kilkivan and Brisbane.

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?

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.

Greece’s first battery storage system under way in the Aegean Sea

The island of Tilos in Greece’s Aegean Sea is going to host the country’s first renewable energy plus battery storage system. pv magazine explores why this is so significant for Greece.

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.

4JET launches CIGS processing tool

German equipment supplier 4JET microtech has launched its new MPCT solution which it says will enable laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations in CIGS glass substrates.

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.

REC launches TwinPeak 2S 72 Series rated up to 350 Wp

Norway’s PV manufacturer REC has begun commercial production of what it claims to be the highest power 72-cell multicrystalline solar panel in the world, with nominal output of 350 Wp.

Aurés Solaire commissions Algeria’s second module factory

Algeria’s prime minister has inaugurated the country’s second solar module manufacturing facility in Batna. The French-Algerian module maker intends to double the factory’s capacity to 60 MW at a later stage.

India’s Central Electronics Limited seeks partners to expand capacity of PV module factory

The Indian state-owned technology company issued an expression of interest to seek potential partners to expand capacity at its module manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fimer provides inverters for 754 MW PV project in Mexico

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for Mexico’s largest solar project. The company is also planning to expand capacity at its manufacturing facility in northern Italy.

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’?

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.

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.

Anesco and Limejump to build 185 MW UK storage portfolio

Renewable energy developer Anesco will partner with Limejump – which operates one of Europe’s largest aggregated battery networks – to develop the capacity, which is expected to be online by the end of 2018.

Residential battery firm Moixa receives equity investment from Japan’s TEPCO

The developer of home batteries has attracted half a million pounds’ worth of equity investment from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to aid its market expansion.

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Press Releases

Ginlong launches new 4G inverter

Ginlong Corporation has launched new high performing, safe and smart PV inverters, both for single and three phase applications, the Solis 4G and Solis HV series.

SCHMID DW PreTex: Crowd-puller at the SNEC

At the SNEC the SCHMID Group received the Technology Highlights Award 2017 of the pv magazine. The jury considers the DW PreTex inline system for texturing diamond-wire-cut multi-wafers as a “game changer” for the photovoltaic industry.

Tesvolt expands international sales

Michael Geib (48) has been appointed Vice President Global Sales at TESVOLT, a battery storage system producer, in order to expand international sales.

Soltec Tops List as Europe’s Fastest Growing Solar Energy Company

With over 700 percent revenue growth in three years, the global leader in solar trackers ranks first among renewable energy firms on FT 1000 list