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Egypt: First project contracts signed under EBRD framework

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) today announced the completion of financing for two 50 MW PV projects, to be built as part of the 1.8 GW Benban Solar complex in Egypt’s Aswan province.
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Haiti inaugurates the largest smart-grid in the Caribbean

A smart-grid project combining PV generation and battery storage has been unveiled in Haiti. The project is the result of collaboration between the Biohaus Foundation and relief organization NPH Germany. The project will substantially reduce the nation’s reliance on diesel generators.

Installations

Bali’s PV potential shines in ADB mapping study

The island of Bali could produce as much as 115,371.9 GWh of electricity per year — far above its projected requirement of just 4,992.7 GWh per year by 2019 — and solar offers the greatest potential for future development, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Technology

UK researchers launch PV generation forecasting tool

A team of researchers at the University of Sheffield has developed a service to forecast energy generation levels from PV up to three days in advance, allowing grid operators to make decisions further in advance, lowering costs and increasing the efficiency of electricity systems.

Energy Storage

Standards Australia to consult industry on proposed storage rules

Standards Australia wrapped up public consultation last week on a draft standard for battery storage, setting the stage for the development of a comprehensive framework for future deployment.

Markets & Policy

Datang posts $81.2 million net profit in H1

China Datang Corporation Renewable Power’s net profit more than doubled in the first half of 2017 to CNY 541.77 million ($81.2 million), as utilization hours of its solar projects rose from from the preceding year.

Technology

Researchers create solar cell and inverter in single device

Researchers from Spain based organization nanoGUNE have developed a solar cell which, through the use of magnetic electrodes, is able to serve as its own inverter.

Markets & Policy

India: MAHAGENCO tenders 110 MW of solar

Bids have been invited for 110 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the Indian state of Maharashtra, in two separate tenders with September 26 as the submission deadline.

Markets & Policy

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From Buffalo to Brazil

Americas show roundup: It’s been a busy month, and indeed a busy year, for PV across the Americas. pv magazine was in attendance at key events across both continents, including the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF Wall Street) in New York City, Intersolar North America in San Francisco, and Brazil Solar Power in Rio de Janeiro, and now brings the latest from all three leading markets.

Ireland: 10 MW PV project rejected by council

A solar plant planned by developer Gaelectric on a site north of Dublin has failed to receive approval from the local council, according to reports from the Irish Independent.

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Argentina launches 1.2 GW renewable tender, with 450 MW of solar

In Argentina’s new renewable energy tender, solar came in second with the quota of 450 MW.

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Staying below 2 degrees is “possible and practical” says RMI

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s new report Positive Disruption describes pathways for the global economy to mitigate serious global warming through accelerated adoption of renewable energy, the transformation of our energy and transportation system, and improved management of agriculture, forestry, and other land-uses. Staying below two degrees Celsius of warming is not just possible the report argues but practical given the accelerating declines in the cost of renewable energy.

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Foresight Solar Fund to pursue international strategy

The Foresight Solar Fund, an investment group with a 470 MW portfolio of solar projects in the UK, published financial reports for the first half of 2016 this week. Reporting after tax profits of GBP 11.5 million ($15 million) for the period up to 30th June, the group also announced plans to expand and acquire projects in new markets outside of the UK.

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Appeals court upholds SolarWorld’s $800 million debt to Hemlock

The ruling comes as the German solar manufacturer is restarting following an insolvency process, and Hemlock may have a hard time collecting.

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Mexico: Up to 40% of projects selected in auctions may not be built

Mexico Auctions: Santiago Barcón is a columnist for Energía Hoy and an advisor to Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission. Barcón explains that between 30 and 40% of projects assigned in Mexico’s first and second auctions may not actually be built. In addition, Barcón states that the Mexican electricity system is now more open to renewables, despite problems of transmission and bureaucracy. As a very positive aspect, Barcón highlights the enormous potential of distributed generation in the Latin American nation.

GCL New expects H1 profit on 1 GW of capacity

GCL New Energy will likely post a profit of CNY 450 million ($67.4 million) in the first half of 2017, from a profit  of just CNY 147 million a year earlier, as it connected 1.04 GW of new solar capacity to the grid.

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South Australia: 150 MW CSP plant to supply government’s power needs

Only a month after signing a deal with Tesla for the world’s largest lithium-ion storage project, the South Australian government has inked a generation project agreement with U.S. firm Solar Reserve for a massive solar thermal plant project, touted as the world’s biggest.

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Natcore to consult on 20 MW project in Ghana

After the 20 MW PV project planned in the Central region of Ghana was threatened with a 29% feed in tariff reduction, UK based solar developer PSECC Solar Farms turned to Natcore, with the aim of bringing in higher efficiency technology that would make the project financially viable.

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Kuwait plans tender for 1 GW solar PV project

The tender for $1.2 billion Dibdibah solar power plant will be issued in the first quarter of 2018, Bloomberg reports.

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Barbados government buildings poised for $5.5m solar retrofit

Solar PV array to be installed at the Barbados Government headquarters on Bay Street by Solar Watts Systems. Retrofit is expected to reduce government’s energy bills by $16 million.

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Technology

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Innogy adds muscle to Belectric’s one-stop shop

EPC: In January, German utility spin off innogy SE acquired pioneering solar EPC Belectric. The purchase price was in the high double-digit euro range. The move brought financial strength to Belectric’s market offering, but was as much a bringing together of like-minded teams as it was a piece of prescient timing, explains Ingo Alphéus, the new CEO of Belectric Solar & Battery GmbH.

Researchers one step closer to efficient, colorful solar panels

Researchers at the Netherlands’ AMOLF Institute have developed a method for imprinting solar panels with silicon nanopatterns that scatter green light back towards the observer.

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Swiss university spin-off develops grid analysis software

Zurich based startup Adaptricity, which grew out of leading university the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) is preparing to launch a software system which can simulate and analyze regional electrical grids, potentially a valuable tool for investors and grid operators.

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Researchers use polystyrene to upgrade perovskite solar cells

Polystyrene does not only bring down manufacturing costs of perovskite solar cells, but also improves their stability, researchers show.

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Father and son Australian company develops lightweight, solar-powered drone

The new drone features standard solar cells, which are encapsulated in composite material without losing efficiency.

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Imec hits 23.9% efficiency on 4cm² tandem perovskite/silicon module

Belgian research institute Imec has achieved a conversion efficiency of 23.9% on a perovskite/silicon tandem module measuring 4 square centimeters. This efficiency level, according to Imec, represents the first time such a stacked configuration has outperformed a standalone silicon solar cell.

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Manufacturing

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Islands of opportunity

PV potential: Being at the highest risk of climate change impacts, several island nations are emerging as renewable energy champions. Solar and storage have hit an inflection point against diesel generation offering lower cost, cleaner electricity to island nations.

Hanwha Q-Cells to inaugurate Turkey panel factory in November

The winning consortium of Turkey’s tender for a 1 GW solar PV plant in Konya has announced its plan to also inaugurate a panel factory in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in November. pv magazine provides an update on the 1 GW PV plant and the solar panel factory.

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SunPower announces pilot line for new back-contact technology

The new 5 MW line in Silicon Valley will produce cells and modules under a new IBC technology from the company that makes the most powerful commercially available silicon solar products.

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Energyra to build solar module factory in the Netherlands

The manufacturing facility will have an initial capacity of 100 MW and will produce both mono and polycrystalline modules.

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SolarWorld resumes activities with 700 MW and 515 employees

The German manufacturer will focus on the production of PERC solar cells and bifacial glass-glass modules in the future.

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Panasonic’s Q1 profit widens to $445 million

Panasonic reported a net profit attributable to shareholders of ¥48.8 billion ($445.1 million) in the first quarter of the current fiscal year — up sharply from ¥29.2 billion a year earlier — despite a decline in sales of its solar panels. 

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Energy Storage

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Storage saves

Sustaining the market: As the leading solar state in America, California’s behind-the-meter solar markets are seeing challenges as they explore new terrain. CALSEIA’s Bernadette Del Chiaro explains how the industry is navigating these changes, and what to expect in the future.

Hitachi, Itochu, NEDO switch on PV microgrid pilot in India

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has started operating a microgrid powered by a 1 MW solar array in western India.

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Toshiba narrows PV loss as group struggles to survive

Toshiba has reported a group net loss of JPY 965.7 billion ($8.8 billion) for fiscal 2016, as its energy systems and solutions business — which which builds solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower projects, in addition to battery-based energy storage systems and smart meters — posted an operating loss of JPY 41.7 billion in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, marking a significant improvement from the preceding fiscal year.

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Households-as-power-stations could reduce energy consumption by 60% across UK

If homes across the U.K. were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, household fuel bills could be cut by £600 a year, finds a report.

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Smart Solar begins building 34 MW in northern Japan

Smart Solar has started installing 34 MW of solar on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The project will include 14.4 MWh of lithium-ion storage capacity.

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Philadelphia Solar to build 12 MWh storage system at Jordan PV park

The lithium-ion large-scale battery will be the biggest in the Middle East once commissioned this year by Al Badiya, a subsidiary of Philadelphia Solar.

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