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REI: upstream and downstream review of the Indian solar show

Last week’s Renewable Energy India exhibition was a busy, bustling affair that highlighted the rude health and impressive energy of India’s solar sector. There are still many hurdles to overcome, however, if India is to develop its own domestic manufacturing industry.
Markets & Policy

Canadian Solar to list fund in Tokyo

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has approved Canadian Solar’s plan to list the Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) on the Japanese exchange’s infrastructure investment fund securities market.

Installations

Italian wind specialist Falck renewables re-enters solar energy business

The Italian renewable energy company has acquired a 92 MW PV project in North Carolina from Canadian Solar for $42.8 million.

Manufacturing

Solargiga invests $52.8m in new China ingot and wafer fab

Solargiga is ramping up its production capacity for monocrystalline silicon ingot and monocrystalline silicon wafers at a new factory in Quijing, China. Expansion undertaken alongside subsidiary Jinzhou Yangguang Energy.

Technology

Toshiba claims record efficiency with film-based perovskite solar mini-modules

Japan’s Toshiba has fabricated a perovskite solar cell mini-module with an energy conversion rate of 10.5%, which it claims is now the highest rate that has been reached throughout the world with a multi-cell mini-module.

Installations

Algeria: Oran’s new airport to be powered by 1.4 MW of rooftop PV

The project will be developed by local renewable energy developer Soliwind. Around 30% of the energy needs of the airport will be covered by the power output of the PV system.

Markets & Policy

Fraunhofer ISE announces 22.3% efficiency for polycrystalline solar cell

The German research institute said this new result has beaten its own world record, which it set in Februrary reaching a 21.9% efficiency.

Technology

US scientists develop new process to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick

R&D departments at the University of Chicago and Cornell University have pieced together a new atomic scale semi-conductor manufacturing procedure that can provide “the foundation for modern integrated circuitry”.

Markets & Policy

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Grow, Canada

Alberta, Canada: A new pro-solar program in Canada’s Alberta province could pave the way for PV to follow in the deep footsteps of wind power. But are Albertans ready to embrace the possibilities and opportunities at their fingertips?

Afghan utility DABS to buy solar power from 10 MW facility at $0.073 per kWh

The 10 MW PV plant will be built by Indian developer Dynasty. The facility will sell power to the local grid under a 15-year PPA.

Sonnedix refinances Spanish solar portfolio for €74m

The Spanish renewable power developer has announced a non-recourse finance package for 18.17 MW of installed solar PV capacity in Spain.

Argentina to extend exemption from custom duties for solar imports until the end of 2018

The announcement was given by the country’s energy minister, Juan José Aranguren, during a conference, according to local newspaper Clarín.

Jordan: financing for 51 MW PV plant secured; country’s largest solar plant of 103 MW built

Jordan continues to send the world positive solar PV news and updates. pv magazine examines the latest PV developments in the Middle Eastern country.

USITC find serious injury in Section 201 trade case

In the most anticipated decision for the U.S. solar industry since the Investment Tax Credit vote in 2015, the industry now braces to see what sanctions the USITC will recommend to President Trump on November 13.

Installations

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An industrial strategy for solar in Europe

Solar Power Europe op-ed: Dr. Christian Westermeier, President of Solar Power Europe discusses European solar, and how best to support the growth of a significant and sustainable market on the continent.

REI show: quality a hot topic for India solar industry, tariffs against China unlikely say some

An engaging Quality Roundtable helped to shine a spotlight on the chief concerns affecting India’s installers, investors and stakeholders operating in this fast-paced solar market. Industry insiders confident the antidumping investigation against China will amount to nothing.

Mozambique launches $500 million electrification program based on hydro, solar, microgrids

The government of the eastern African nation has revealed plans to bring power to remote areas in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambézia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado.

India’s solar power infrastructure becomes target of Maoist attack

Maoists attacked a 30 MW Tata Power Solar plant in Gaya, Bihar.

Poland to auction off PV projects above 1 MW by end of 2017

Solar projects with a capacity above 1 MW will compete with wind projects in a 150 MW renewable energy auction to be held in Poland by the end of this year, according to local research institute IEO.

Panasonic to build PV-powered residential microgrid in western Japan

PanaHome, a unit of Panasonic, has revealed plans to connect 117 homes in western Japan to a solar-powered microgrid system, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Technology

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Developing a nose for performance

Monitoring: Having picked up a 2017 DSM SunRISE TechBridge Challenge award in June, SunSniffer is taking aim at the U.S. market, with its intelligent PV power plant monitoring system. While he hits on a number of buzzwords within the 2017 solar sector, not least digitization, SunSniffer CEO Ingmar Kruse says that there is a strong technological basis and financial case underpinning the solution.

Hanergy to provide thin-film solar panels to MTbike

China’s Hanergy Holding has signed a CNY 300 million ($45.5 million) strategic agreement with bike-sharing company MTbike, following several other agreements it has recently concluded to generate power with firms in the transportation industry.

World Bank, EVN install solar measurement stations in Vietnam

The World Bank and Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) have installed five solar measurement stations across Vietnam, as part of a campaign to promote the deployment of renewable energy.

Cambridge scientists say perovskite-based PV cells can achieve maximum 30% efficiency

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Italy’s Politecnico di Milano have set a time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells and have quantified the speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to increase efficiency.

New combination of elements a positive step forwards for KAUST solar centre and Solar panels

Perovskite research sees an unexpected improvement, as a result of research from Saudi Arabia’s KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) solar centre, improving the quality and efficiency of the potential of solar panels.

Scientists create waterproof, wearable photovoltaics

Coated on both sides with an elastomer that ensures stretchability and stability in water, the new textile-compatible photovoltaics are able to maintain high efficiency of 7.9%.

Manufacturing

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Out on the water

The rise of floating PV: Floating solar power solutions have emerged from a niche oddity to mainstream baseload; the latest Chinese tender set covers 1 GW worth of projects, potentially the new normal for FPV. Indeed, Ciel & Terre, the current market leader, says there could be 3 GW of FPV by 2020, per analysts’ predictions.

REC Silicon lays off 30 employees at US plant

Norway’s REC Silicon has announced that it will lay off around 30 employees at its polysilicon factory in Butte, in the U.S. state of Montana.

Singulus to post loss

Singulus Technologies has revealed that more than half of its capital stock has been used up, as it expects to record a loss for the financial year in progress of €16.7 million ($19.9 million). 

REI exhibition: India will surpass 175 GW renewable target, says MNRE

Secretary of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy Anand Kumar believes the country can confound doubts about its bold solar ambitions and smash its 175 GW of renewables by 2022 target.

Yingli Green Energy posts major shipments increase in Q2

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturer, has announced its financial results for Q2 of 2017, which ended June 30, 2017.

European Commission to reduce minimum import price quarterly

The EU has published its decision to review the undertaking and the minimum import price (MIP) for crystalline PV products from China. As was proposed in July, the MIP will now be reduced quarterly beginning in October. For some Chinese manufacturers, the MIP, as well as a variable duty, is to be applied in future.

Energy Storage

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Light in a blackout

Microgrid development: Driven by their ability to operate during blackouts and provide ancillary grid services, microgrids are popping up all over the United States. As more microgrids emerge, clusters of them could transform the centralized grid to a decentralized grid of microgrids powered by renewables.

AEMC issues new rules to stabilize Australian grid

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has introduced new regulations to stabilize the national grid as coal-fired plants are increasingly phased out and more solar and wind capacity is brought online.

GFG Alliance to buy Australia’s ZEN Energy

SIMEC Energy, a unit of India’s GFG Alliance, has acquired a majority stake in Adelaide-based PV and battery storage installer ZEN Energy, as part of a broader strategic partnership.

APA approved for up to 240 MW in Australia

APA Group has secured approval to build between 150 MW and 240 MW of solar capacity in the Australian state of Queensland, with the potential to add up to 100 MW of battery storage.

U.K: Local government invest in partnership with British energy firm Centrica

In a bid to exploit their Solar PV potential, R&D centres at Centrica have developed a battery capable of storing energy for use to boost solar capabilities of council over energy distribution.

UK power firm Drax plans world’s largest battery storage project

The British electrical power generation company has publicized intention to build a 200 MW battery storage project at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire – one of Europe’s largest coal-fired power plants.

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Press Releases

Recom approved by the Turkish government for 200 MW module supply

Recom became one of the few international manufacturers of solar modules to receive the surveillance certificate Gözetim - import license from the Turkish Ministry of Economics.

Finnwind Oy installs Vikram Solar modules at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

The first photovoltaic installation at an airport in Scandinavia has been installed at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The 312 kWp system at the Finnair cargo centre, has been constructed with solar modules from Tier 1 manufacturer Vikram Solar.

Leclanché to Develop Battery Storage Solution for Fastned’s Network of Fast Charging Stations

DALLAS and YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world's leading energy storage solution companies, announced today a partnership with Fastned, the Dutch company pioneering the roll-out of fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe.

SolarMax Technology Doubles Back-Up Power Capacity with Expanded FLEX Energy Storage System™

Sparked by strong demand for the groundbreaking energy storage system the company launched last year, SolarMax Technology has introduced a new model that more than doubles the amount of power homeowners can access when the grid goes down. The 10kWh FLEX™ Energy Storage System, which combines two batteries with an inverter, targets the U.