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SunPower’s exemption filing strikes to heart of trade dispute

The company is noting its substantial investment in U.S. research and development as well as tools, has further hinted that it may establish U.S. manufacturing for its P-Series modules.

Eon wants to further develop solar DG

In a short chat with pv magazine, the head of Eon’s solar business in Germany, Sebastian Eisenberg has described how the German utility is planning to further develop its PV activities after the company’s recent plan to buy a majority stake in Innogy. The deal, in fact, envisages redistributing operations so that RWE focuses on the renewable energy business, while energy networks and customer solutions would be the responsibility of Eon.

Markets & Policy

World Bank approves another $250 million guarantee to support renewables in Argentina

This new transaction is intended to support projects selected in Round 3 of Argentina’s renewable energy program for large-scale projects. The funds are expected to leverage private investments for an amount that should be nine times higher that the value of the guarantee.

Markets & Policy

Canadian Solar exceeds Q4 shipment guidance, posts $99.6m profit in 2017

Canadian Solar has recorded net income of about $99.6 million for 2017, up sharply from the preceding year, as its full-year PV module shipments jumped by roughly 1.6 GW on the year to 6.8 GW.


Tenaga Nasional signs PPAs for 60 MW in Malaysia

Tenaga Nasional Bhd. has signed PPAs for two large-scale, grid-connected solar projects in Malaysia.


NexTracker provides trackers for Latin America’s largest PV project

The solar trackers made by the U.S. manufacturer will be used for the construction of the 754 MW Villanueva solar project in Torreón, in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

Markets & Policy

Encavis reports solid results for 2017

The Hamburg-based solar and wind power plant operator saw its revenue and operating result increase significantly last year, thus exceeding its own forecasts.


Gas Natural Fenosa enters Brazilian solar market with 83 MW acquisition

The seller of the two PV projects, both to be developed in the state of Minas Gerais, is the Chinese-Canadian solar module manufacturer Canadian Solar. The €95 million transaction enables the Spanish power and gas provider to make its entry to the Brazilian solar market, after it secured its first large-scale PV projects in Spain in last summer’s auction.

Opinion & Analysis


Regulations clarifying the use of solar PV in Cambodia

On January 26, 2018, the EAC issued a set of regulations to clarify the general conditions for installing and operating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Cambodia. Kohe Hasan, partner at Reed Smith and director of Resource Law LLC (Singapore), and Kaknika Lin, assistant consultant at KPMG Cambodia Ltd provide a summary of the key regulations, in addition to discussing the country’s investment climate.

Building a better world of smart structures on the smart grid

It is a truth universally acknowledged that billions of people around the world live in poverty. But does it have to be that way? Today’s technological progress means that tomorrow we will be able to produce more, more efficiently – lifting people above the breadline with accelerated economic growth all around the world. Key to these efforts are smart buildings, argues Hussain Kazmi, a PhD student at KU Leuven and Enervalis.

Ukraine’s renewable energy outlook under the new electricity market design

Svitlana Teush, counsel at Redcliffe Partners law firm in Kyiv, Ukraine, discusses the country’s new electricity market design and what it means for renewables. Currently, she says, the renewable energy sector in Ukraine is an attractive investment prospect and has considerable potential for further growth in the coming years.

Markets & Policy


Tracking disruptive technologies

China road trip, pt III: 2017 was a big year for China’s PV industry, with the 50 GW+ installation figure exceeding expectations. Against such a backdrop of growth, excitement for pv magazine’s third China road trip grew as we finalized details to visit key suppliers and see firsthand what developments might be in store for this year. Taking in n-type cells and modules, bifacial double glass modules and trackers developed specifically for such technology, this was Eckhart K. Gouras’ journey.

The weekend read: A watershed year for Belgium

Belgium market update: Once among Europe’s leaders in solar PV deployment, with more than 1 GW of capacity added in its peak year of 2011, Belgium’s market lost momentum following the abrupt closure of generous subsidy programs. In recent years, driven by its residential PV segment, the country has experienced a solar comeback, which became particularly prominent in the year just passed.

US FERC counts 48 GW-AC of large solar projects planned by 2021

Proposed utility-scale projects have begun piling up at the U.S. federal agency, as the end of the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) draws closer.

GCL-Poly reports 8% revenue growth for 2017

Last year, the Chinese polysilicon maker saw robust demand for wafers and polysilicon, paticularly between the second and third quarters. Furthermore, the company said it achieved all its technological upgrade goals, and started construction on its new 20,000 MT polysilicon factory in Xinjiang in December.

Peru to hold new auction for solar and renewables in 2H of 2018 – Interview

In an interview with pv magazine, the president of the Peruvian Society of Renewable Energies, Juan Coronado, discusses the auction for solar and renewables, which the government is obliged to hold this year, and the different options large-solar has to resume its development in the Andean country. According to him, when the obstacles that are currently impeding private PPAs are eliminated, utility-scale PV projects could be conceived outside of the auction mechanism.

Mexico to hold new power auction including solar in November

This year’s auction will be carried out by Mexico’s energy regulatory commission, CRE. Final results will be announced in early November.



Adapt and integrate

Mounting and BIPV: Solar mounting systems are being used in new and unusual ways for building-integrated photovoltaic projects, ranging from rooftop to wall and to awning installations. As the market slowly moves from select government buildings, educational campuses and corporate flagships to the mainstream commercial segment, the mounting systems required for BIPV will become more standardized, more readily adaptable, and less expensive, manufacturers say.

Burkina Faso commissions 15 MW MW hybrid PV plant at mining site

The power plant will sell power to Iamgold’s Essakane Mine – an off-grid gold mine located 330 kilometers northeast of Burkina Faso‘s capital city, Ouagadougou.

Scatec Solar plans 25 MW solar park in central Ukraine

The Norwegian developer’s first solar project in the eastern European country is planned to help the region of Cherkasy reduce its energy shortage.

YES Bank lends $146.3 million to India’s Mahindra Renewables for 250 MW project

The project is part of the 750 MW Rewa solar park in India’s Madhya Pradesh. YES Bank has also reaffirmed its commitment to mobilize US$5 billion for financing solar power projects in India by 2030 with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the latter’s founding ceremony in New Delhi, held last week.

BBOXX raises €1 million for off-grid solar through crowdfunding

U.K.-based off-grid developer, BBOXX and online renewable energy investment platform, Trine have raised €1 million from crowdfunded investments in less than one month. The financing will be disbursed at the beginning of April, to enable BBOXX to scale up its operations in Kenya.

Norway’s Statoil changes name to Equinor to reflect new clean energy strategy

The Norwegian oil company announced its intention to enter the solar energy business in October, when it launched a US$197 million fund dedicated to renewable energies.



Made in Germany

PV equipment supply: While the bulk of the world’s solar module manufacturing is now located in China, supply of production tools has remained largely the remit of European, and particularly German, engineering companies. pv magazine investigates whether this dominance can continue as China’s equipment providers begin to step up their game.

Japanese scientists develop ZHR method to improve manufacturing of thin film monocrystalline silicon

The research team believes that the new technology may resolve technical problems and drastically reduce the manufacturing cost of the lift-off process in the production of thin film monocrystalline solar cells.

Natcore develops new processes for patented foil cell

U.S. based technology company, Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce the production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.

SolarEdge launches inverter with EV-charging capability

Power electronics company, SolarEdge has announced the launched of an EV charging inverter in Europe.

Q&A: JinkoSolar discusses half cut cells, multi-busbars and bifacial technology

Ahead of its upcoming webinar, on March 27, JinkoSolar’s Head of Technical Service Europe, Andrea Viaro, discusses the company’s new Half Cell (HC) Series, the benefits of multi-busbar and bifacial technology, and upcoming innovations, in a Q&A with pv magazine.

Pilot project for flywheel storage underway in Hawaii

Utility, Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.



An arm and a leg

Robotics in PV: The momentum of China’s solar growth appears unstoppable, driving the hunger for faster, qualitative automated solutions for the domestic PV manufacturing industry. Thus, most new solar manufacturing facilities or production upgrades are equipped with nearly fully automated lines.

India: Ground breaks on 200 MW PV cell manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh

CETC (India) has broken ground on an around US$49 million 200 MW solar PV cell manufacturing facility in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It will produce both standard polysilicon and PERC monocrystalline cells pv magazine has learned.

Wacker reports €1.07 billion EBIDTA for 2017

The turnover of the Munich-based chemical company increased by 6%. The polysilicon business of Wacker Chemie also continued to increase last year; however, the production halt in the U.S. prevented even stronger growth.

India: Topaz Solar, Appolon Solar sign bifacial manufacturing MOU

India’s Topaz Solar Private Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with France-based Appolon Solar SAS for the supply of a complete turnkey system for manufacturing bifacial PV modules.

Risen Energy to invest $1.58 billion to expand Chinese production facilities

Risen Energy has revealed it has committed to investing CNY 10 billion (US$1.58 billion) in the expansion of its solar PV cell and module production operations in China since December.

JA Solar step closer to privatization

Shareholders have agreed to the proposed merger of JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd with JASO Holdings and its wholly owned units, JASO Parent and JASO Acquisition, thus taking the manufacturer one step closer to privatization.

Energy Storage


South Australia’s big battery delivers

Utility-scale storage: The 100 MW Hornsdale Power Reserve was delivered by Tesla in under 100 days – a good thing as the company would’ve picked up the tab if it had failed to do so. But the project is also delivering grid services and demonstrating arbitrage trading at a pace and scale that is changing minds about the potential of utility-scale storage and the role of synchronous generation on Australia’s National Electricity Market.

Varta enters Australian residential storage market

German energy storage producer, Varta Storage has entered the Australian market. It is introducing the pulse 3 and pulse 6 models, sized at 3.3 kWh and 6.5 kWh.

Energy storage or grid extension – wrong question, right answers, finds panel

Panel discussion at Energy Storage Europe tackled the issue of whether the best way for keeping the lights on as economies around the world grow is to extend the grid network or add energy storage, and found that the best solution lies somewhere in between.

NextEra builds largest solar+storage plant in USA

The power company, which recently placed bids to build the largest battery energy storage project in the world, has connected a 74.5 MW PV project with a 10 MW/40 MWh storage facility, in the United States.

Panasonic begins supply of prismatic-type automotive Li-ion batteries, unveils new storage solution in India

Panasonic’s Chinese factory has started the mass production and global supply of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its Indian subsidiary, Panasonic India, meanwhile has launched a new energy storage solution, CBPS 8000, for telecom towers at the Elecrama 2018 exhibition, currently taking place in India.

Energy Storage Europe opening session presses home focus on sector coupling

The keynote session of the Energy Storage Europe conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, delivered a series of presentations on the role flexible sector coupling can play in expediting the adoption of storage technologies and renewable energy, in Germany and worldwide.

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Press Releases

Sierra Leone gets country’s first solar hubs

Computer Aid International has installed its first two Youth Entrepreneurship Hubs in Makeni and Pujehun in Sierra Leone. These Solar-Powered hubs will give the opportunity for the local youth to get their ICDL and increase their employability in a competitive job market.

Renewvia Energy Constructing milestone solar microgrid network in rural Kenya following USTDA-Funded feasibility study

Renewvia Energy is helping underserved communities and businesses in rural Kenya access the energy they need to improve their lives and bolster their economy. Renewvia is building a network of solar microgrid stations that will provide clean, efficient, and affordable energy on a pay-as-you-go basis.

AXITEC increases manufacturer’s warranty to 15 years

The well-known solar module brand AXITEC extends its manufacturer's warranty to 15 years. The new warranty will be valid from April 01, 2018.

Solar-Log WEB-4U: Modern PV Plant Monitoring

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