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Aurés Solaire commissions Algeria’s second module factory

Algeria’s prime minister has inaugurated Algeria’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.

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Upcoming pv magazine webinar (in Chinese only)

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Installations

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.

Technology

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.

Markets & Policy

Global installed PV capacity exceeds 300 GW, IEA PVPS

The world’s cumulative PV capacity had surpassed 303 GW at the of 2016, according to a report from IEA PVPS. Globally, solar power is now able to cover approximately 1.8% of power demand.

Markets & Policy

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.

Installations

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.

Markets & Policy

French presidential election: what to expect for solar from the winners of the first round?

Both winners of the first round have said they want more solar during their electoral campaigns. While Macron promises to double installed PV capacity by 2022, Le Pen claims she will push for a massive deployment of solar and biomass (not wind), although under an “intelligent protectionism”.

Installations

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.

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.

United PV to raise $85.4 million with share issuance

The Chinese solar investor and developer has revealed plans to issue 700,000,000 shares to Driven Innovation at HK$0.95 per share, representing about 9.39% of its existing issued share capital. It expects net proceeds to reach HK$664.5 million ($85.4 million).

Germany could miss 2020 renewable energy target, report says

According to German renewable energy association BEE, the country could fail to reach its 2020 EU target for renewables covering 18% of its total energy consumption. The association claims that if Germany aims to achieve this target, an additional 22 TWh of electricity from renewables per year must come from the power, heat and transport sectors.

OECD helps Turkmenistan take advantage of its solar potential

The international organization has organized an event to help local government and institutions to develop a national strategy for solar energy.

Installations

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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.

Access Power gets financing for 50 MW PV project in Nigeria

The $1.65 million loan will be used to co-finance a 50 MW solar facility under development in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The company expect to reach financial close for the project by the end of this year.

CJIC starts construction of Kenya’s first large-scale PV plant

The 50 MW Garissa solar park will be built with the support of the Chinese government. The plant will rely on 210,210 solar modules provided by Jinko Solar.

Armenia exempts import of PV components from customs duties

The Armenian government has granted exemption from customs duties for the first time to local developer Investment Media Group. The measure is intended to support the implementation of the country’s $58 million solar program.

SNEC 2017: news roundup

This year’s busy SNEC exhibition delivered its usual steady stream of news, new products and market insight. pv magazine rounds up the main stories and trends from the three-day event.

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?

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.

Imec claims 22.8% efficiency for bifacial n-type PERT solar cell

The Belgian research institute has developed a bifacial n-PERT solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 22.8%. Imec researchers claim this cell has the potential for a cost-of-ownership at module level of less than $0.30/W.

Imec’s perovskite-based PV module reaches 12.4% efficiency

The Belgian research institute has improved the efficiency of its 4x4cm² perovskite module by 1.1%.

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.

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.

Arkema increases fluoropolymer production capacity in China by 25%

The capacity increase at Arkema’s Changshu platform near Shanghai aims at better serving the company’s customers in the storage and photovoltaic sectors.

Manz finalizes $282 million CIGS order from China

The German equipment provider secured official approvals in connection with major CIGS orders from China.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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’?

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.

Chilean microgrid provider uses solar-plus-IT to lower bills

Amigo Solar, a Chilean microgrid provider, announced yesterday its collaboration with a digitized billing system that will help it to alter the utility landscape in the Latin American country. The case shows how solar and IT change the electricity market structures.

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Press Releases

Pfalzsolar enters the Dutch PV market successfully

Since the beginning of this year, PFALZSOLAR realized several large-scale rooftop PV projects in the Netherlands. The company also took part in the Dutch PV fair “Solar Solutions” as an exhibitor for the first time.

Renusol refines its mounting system for flat roofs

Renusol presents the optimised FS10-EW system for mounting photovoltaic systems on flat roofs without penetration. Thanks to the innovative screw connection and the lightweight but high-tensile design, modules with a 10° inclination with an east/west orientation can be easily installed on any flat roof.

Sungrow unveiled turnkey energy storage system solution for the North America market

Sungrow, the global leading PV inverter system solution supplier, unveiled a new turnkey energy storage system solution at the Energy Storage Association's 27th Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado.

Ingenious technology for efficient energy management

From 31st May to 2nd June, Fronius will be exhibiting its wide range of solutions for intelligent and efficient energy generation at Intersolar 2017 in Munich, the world’s leading specialist trade fair for the solar industry.