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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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Technology

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.

Manufacturing

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.

Markets & Policy

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.

Markets & Policy

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.

Markets & Policy

Danish government unveils bill to introduce tax on self-consumed PV power

The government said the tax is expected to reduce budget expense from DKK 4.9 billion to DKK 3.7 billion, and to slow faster than expected development of solar.

Installations

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.

Markets & Policy

Kazakhstan unveils web-based solar atlas

The new interactive electronic resource was developed by local company Sapa Pro&Tech in the frame of a joint project of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy and the United Nations Development Programme.

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.

India hikes solar cell and module tax rate to 18%

The increased Goods and Services Tax rate for solar cells and modules is in part a response to the technology’s ability to “stand on its own two feet”, says energy minister.

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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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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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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.

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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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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U.S.: Vistra to build Texas’ largest solar plant

The power company has bought the 180 MW Upton County Solar 2 project in West Texas, and signed a contract to have the project built.

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40 MW floating PV plant in China connected with Sungrow’s inverters

The world’s largest floating PV power plant, with the capacity of 40 MW is now connected to the grid.

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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.

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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Energy trade groups send grid reliability reports to Energy Secretary Perry

SEIA, ACORE, AEE and AWEA express concerns that the former Texas Governor is starting his inquiry into grid reliability with a faulty premise by conflating coal and nuclear generation with reliability.

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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.

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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Egypt: German consortium plans 1 GW vertically integrated solar factory

A first agreement to start a feasibility study for the project, which also includes the construction of a giant solar plant, was signed in the presence of the country’s minister of energy Mohamed Shaker.

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Energy Storage

While it’s true the U.S. solar market has been buffeted recently by some companies’ extraordinarily public exits through bankruptcies, it is still attracting heavyweight companies to join it speaks volumes about how its fundamentals are viewed around the world. The latest company to come to the United States? Mercedez-Benz Energy. In an exclusive partnership with No. 2 […]

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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Wärtsilä takes over U.S. storage specialist Greensmith

The Helsinki-based company has taken a step further in strengthening its position as a global energy systems integrator. Greensmith´s software is used in Wärtsilä´s new hybrid power plants.

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Press Releases

ABB showcases investment in solar technology

ABB affirms commitment to sustainable power with innovative new solar solutions at Intersolar 2017

IBC Solar Turkey has commissioned a 5.9 MWp PV project in Gaziantep

Ground-mounted installation with south and east-west orientation will produce 11 million kWh of solar power per year for grid feed-in.

QOS Energy sets up Indian office to service growing customer base

QOS Energy, a renewable O&M analytics software provider, has announced the opening of a new office in India to meet the growing demand of its customer base and exploit the opportunities offered by the booming Indian market.

New backsheet ICOSOLAR® CPO 3G to be launched at Intersolar Europe

ISOVOLTAIC launches the innovative ICOSOLAR® CPO 3G, a co-extruded polypropylene (PP) solar backsheet during the upcoming exhibition Intersolar Europe in Munich (www. intersolar.