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EBRD and IFC backing 1.4 GW of Egyptian solar projects

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has identified 16 new solar projects in Egypt with a cumulative capacity of 750 MW to receive financing, while International Finance Corp will support development of a further 13 solar parks.
Markets & Policy

Norwegian firm signs 2 GW, $2.9bn solar project deal in Iran

Saga Energy, a part of Taiwan’s Delta Group, has inked a €2.5 billion deal to construct 2 GW of solar PV in Iran, working alongside local partner Amin Energy. Company also hopes to build module fab in the country.

Energy Storage

Powin scores financing from Brookfield for 8.8 MW storage project

Powin Energy has secured non-recourse debt financing from Brookfield Renewable for an 8.8 MW/40.8 MWh storage system it plans to install in the Canadian province of Ontario. It did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

Installations

SunPower wins 291 MW PV deal in second round of French tender

The U.S. solar firm, a subsidiary of French energy giant Total, will supply its high-efficiency solar panels to projects awarded in the second round of CRE tender process in France.

Installations

Acciona to deploy 150 MW at Egypt’s Benban solar complex

The Spanish company will build three PV plants in a 50/50 joint venture with Saudi developer Swicorp. The facilities will sell power to local utility EETC under a 25-year PPA.

Markets & Policy

DEWA announces new R&D subsidiary

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Company (DEWA) announced that the firm has launched a new wholly owned investment subsidiary. It is called Jumeirah Energy International Silicon Valley Company and, as the name entails, is found in the Silicon Valley in California.

Markets & Policy

U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.

Markets & Policy

Large-scale solar is not ready for the spot market in Portugal

In an interview with pv magazine, President of the Portuguese renewable energy association Apren, António Sá da Costa, has explained why solar and renewable energy power plants selling electricity to the spot market are still unviable in the country, and has urged the government to introduce auctions.

Markets & Policy

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Hit the ground running

Taiwan market update: Tumultuous but promising times in Taiwan as ground-mounted activity looks set to begin in earnest, but Taiwanese cell makers continue to struggle despite local demand slowly beginning to pick up.

AECEA: 50 GW within reach for 2017 installations in China

According to the latest briefing from Asia Europe Clean Energy Consultants (AECEA), China is likely to install more than 50 GW of PV in 2017, a second consecutive record breaking year for the world’s leading market.

SolarNow financing facility aiming to reach 70% of rural Uganda with off-grid systems

SolarNow and fellow investors SunFunder, Oikocredit and ResponsAbility Investments have announced a $6 million receivables financing facility for the installation of off-grid solar systems in the African nation of Uganda.

U.S. PV system prices have already increased due to Section 201 (w/ charts)

The latest report by GTM Research puts numbers on the increase in H2 2017 system prices and analyzes the potential damage from a range of scenarios.

Canadian Solar signs deal to develop projects in Israel

Tier-1 module manufacturer Canadian Solar has announced joint venture between its wholly owned subsidiary in Israel and Menora Mivtachim, one of the country’s largest finance and insurance groups. The aim of the venture is to finance, develop, construct and own solar power projects in the Middle Eastern nation.

SunPower: Any trade action should apply to everyone but us

The high-efficiency solar maker asks for Section 201 action to include First Solar’s thin film products, but to exclude its back contact crystalline silicon solar as a unique product.

Installations

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Will the tail wag the dog?

Utilities of the future: When you consider all of the changes that are beginning to appear across the energy sector, it is hard to imagine exactly what a utility will end up looking like 10 years from now.

A2A buys another 17.8 MW of solar in Italy

Through this second operation in the solar sector, the operational PV plants owned by the Italian power and gas provider have reached a combined capacity of 38.4 MW.

Construction begins on 62 MW project in Japan

Pacifico Energy has announced the start of construction on its Toyota Mega Solar Power Plant, located on mountainous land in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The plant is expected to be grid connected in December 2019.

China still needs to step up renewable adoption to meet Paris target, report finds

Report by the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and the Energy Research Institute of Academy of Macroeconomic Research urges China to increase the pace of development of its Renewables Energy infrastructure.

ReneSola’s Chinese projects generate 29 GWh in Q3

ReneSola has reported that its distributed-generation PV projects throughout China generated roughly 29 GWh of electricity in the third quarter of this year.

Germany’s auction for large-scale solar concludes at €0.0429 per kWh

The average price for bids submitted in Germany’s auction for large-scale solar has fallen below the mark of €0.050/kWh for the first time. A total of 20 projects with a combined capacity of 222 MW were awarded by the Federal Network Agency.

Technology

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Step by steppe

Solar in Mongolia: Mongolia takes tentative steps with large-scale solar power plants, but the vast country of steppes and deserts is already the king of distributed solar power.

Solar-powered saloon turns heads in Oz solar race

Dutch solar-powered car, with an average speed of 69 km/h and a carrying capacity of up to five people, has been hailed as the future of solar powered cars after competing in World Solar Challenge.

Interview: JinkoSolar CEO discusses half-cut cell technology

Kangping Chen, the CEO of Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar, speaks to pv magazine about the company’s solar technology development, the efficacy of half-cut solar cells, and the future of the PV industry.

Dutch team Nuon Solar wins Australia solar car race

Since October 8 some 42 cars powered by solar energy raced their way across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide in the 30th World Solar Challenge. Delft University’s Nuon Solar grabbed its seventh win.

MIT researchers develop ‘air breathing’ sulfur flow battery

A team at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a type of battery which it says could store energy for long durations at a fraction of the cost of current storage technologies.

Wärtsilä to offer energy storage solutions in India

Wärtsilä, one of the largest global supplier of flexible and efficient energy solutions, has announced that it will provide technically and environmentally advanced energy storage solutions to the power markets in India.

Manufacturing

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Shedding light on the latest technologies

Flash testing: As module manufacturing looks increasingly towards high efficiency concepts such as heterojunction as the future of the industry, new challenges arise for the manufacturers of production-line testing equipment. Switzerland-based flash testing specialist Alfartec is ready to meet these challenges. pv magazine recently caught up with Chief Technology Officer Alo Lo to discuss the latest developments in flashing technology and the market for this specialized equipment.

NPC Incorporated closes fiscal year 2017 with JPY 498 million ($4.4 million) profit

The Japanese equipment provider also reported an increase in sales of 19.2% for fiscal year 2017. In the machinery business, the company said, all of sales of the large-scale deal were booked as planned.

BREAKING: Taiwan solar merger mooted as Gintech, NSP and Solartech to suspend trading on Monday

Three of Taiwan’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers – Gintech, Neo Solar Power and Solartech – will suspend common stock transactions next week, prompting rumors that a merger between the three firms could be on the cards.

Vikram Solar launches new monocrystalline product line SOMERA

SOMERA series uses PERC monocrystalline solar cells reaching module area efficiency up to 19.05% (for 60 cells) and up to 18.45% (for 72 cells).

Singulus establishes joint venture with Chinese heterojunction companies

Singulus has signed an agreement with two Chinese PV providers to form a joint venture in the field of the heterojunction technology. The joint venture will be based in China.

India’s Borosil opens 2mm fully tempered solar glass production facility

Indian company Gujarat Borosil claims to have developed the world’s first 2mm fully tempered solar glass for glass-glass solar modules.

Energy Storage

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High figures, mixed feelings

Distributed storage in Australia: As installation figures continue to show a strong upward trend of battery penetration, Australia is persistently reaffirming its status as the market to be in for storage providers. Standards Australia’s proposed installation safety guidelines caused a commotion earlier this year, dimming the industry’s high hopes. Amid a lot of hype surrounding the Australian battery storage arena, pv magazine explores whether this promising market is developing as anticipated.

India’s first utility-scale solar storage project realized

Mahindra Susten won the auction for 20 MW/28MWh with the final all-in price of INR 2.99 billion ($46 million).

Leclanché reduces losses, as revenue climbs 84%

Leclanché presented the figures for the first half-year 2017 with a two week delay. The Swiss energy storage provider reports higher sales figures and lower losses as a result of its restructuring.

EU launches battery alliance

“Airbus for batteries”-style alliance announced this week in Brussels aims to expedite European battery cell manufacturing and strengthen continent’s storage value chain in face of Asian and U.S. competition.

sonnenCommunity expands into the United States

A 2,900 home planned development in Arizona will feature electricity trading between a network of PV and battery systems, as a grid-tied microgrid that will also absorb excess power at strategic times for the local grid.

CS Energy signs PPA for 60 MW Australian PV+storage+wind hybrid energy park

The AUS$150 million agreement between the government-owned CS Energy and the Kennedy Energy Park marks yet another positive step for Australia as it seeks to tap the potential of all its renewable energy sources.

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Press Releases

Baobab+ and Mobisol are joining hands to bring the PAYG solar revolution to Côte d’Ivoire

Combining Baobab+’s strengths in distribution and customer finance with Mobisol’s high-tech hardware and software solutions, the partnership is set to vastly accelerate electrification rates

Research Titans Confirm Solar-Log a Global Solar Monitoring Leader

Solar-Log, an innovative solar PV monitoring provider, has been recognized by GTM Research and Navigant Research as one of the leading independent software vendors and home energy management systems on the planet.

Solar PV distributor Krannich Solar introduces the Online-Shop in U.S.

American and Canadian customers benefit immediately from the advantages of online shopping. They have now access to the company’s entire range of products at any time, complete with individual prices, current availability and detailed technical information, via the Online-Shop.

“Safety at solar park construction sites is top priority”: SMP Montage launches quality initiative in final quarter

Hamburg, 11th October, 2017 There is a high risk of potential hazards at solar construction sites, particularly in major parks encompassing the megawatt range. If safety standards are not consistent or are not enforced, there is a significantly higher risk of damage or an accident.